Volume 6 Issue 7 (July 2018)
The focus for this issue has emerged as the spoken word. We have transcripts of two of the most interesting interviews of the year, if not the decade, which are challenging and inspiring in equal measure. David Van Nuys of Shrink Rap Radio interviews Dr. Carlton Erickson, Director of the Addiction Science and Research Education Center at the University of Texas at Austin, about his work with addictions and addicts. In this fascinating interview, Dr. Erickson discusses the background to the revised and updated edition of his seminal book, The Science of Addiction: From Neuroscience to Treatment (2nd ed., Norton, 2018), and explains what he has learnt in the 11 years since his book was first published. We also have an excerpt of a conversation between Dr. Allan Schore and Dr. Iain McGilchrist, two of the world’s leading minds on the right hemisphere and the whole person, brought by the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS) and facilitated by GAINS Board member, Dr. Mary Meador. Continuing the conversational theme, I was curious to know more about Deb Dana, author of the book chapter from The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy (Norton, 2018) in last month’s issue, and was delighted when she agreed to answer some questions for our Spotlight series. Deb has given us a wonderful insight into her work on polyvagal theory and its practical applications.
This month we are introducing a new series, called “The Leading Edge”, which will be a space for the best thinkers in our field to give us their thoughts and reflections. I asked, simply, “What are you thinking about right now that you feel is interesting and perhaps even challenging in relation to neuroscience and psychotherapy?” Our first article in this series comes from Dr. David Van Nuys with his thoughts about evidence-based practice, which, I am sure, will stimulate conversations around the globe. It is our hope that you will join in these conversations with your own comments and thoughts.
You may also be inspired to write something longer, which we can include in our blog, Both Matthew Dahlitz, Editor-in-Chief, and I are keen to disseminate your thoughts via this medium. As always, I look forward to hearing from you—in your own words.
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THE LEADING EDGE
Reflections on the Evidence-Based Practice of Psychotherapy
Dr. David Van Nuys
The Science of Addiction
Dr. Dave & Dr. Carlton Erickson
Considering the Nature of Our Left and Right Hemisphere’s Engagement
Dr. Allan Schore and Dr. Iain McGilchrist with facilitator Dr. Mary Meador