Volume 6 Issue 9 (September 2018)

ISSN 2201-9529


As we move into Spring in the southern hemisphere and Fall in the north, this issue celebrates both new growth and the harvest in a fascinating selection of articles. In keeping with our aim to broaden the scope of The Neuropsychotherapist, we open with an excerpt from Neurobiology for Clinical Social Work (2nd ed., Norton, 2018) by Janet Shapiro and Jeffrey Applegate, which looks at neuroscience in the context of social work. In the first part of this extract, the authors examine the neurodevelopmental impact of stress, adversity, and trauma and its implications for social work. We will continue this article in October.

Our book review this month is on The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands by Richard Hill and Ernest L. Rossi (Crown House Publishing, 2017) and comes from Tom Barber, a therapist, author, and educator based in the United Kingdom. The practice and approach to therapy presented in this book seeks to engage in what is natural and available within us if we just know how to be open to the “doorway of possibilities”. Barber’s review is the perfect preface to Dan Siegal’s article, based on his new book Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence (Tarcher Perigee, 2018), in which he introduces his wonderful practice, the Wheel of Awareness, also the deeper science behind it, including a discussion of quantum theory.

We continue down the “rabbit hole” of quantum with the first of a series of articles by Ernest and Kathryn Rossi where they explore the quantum dynamics of therapeutic consciousness and cognition. Now in his mid-80s, Ernest Rossi’s mind is producing a personal harvest from a lifetime of innovative and provocative thinking and practice. The Neuropsychotherapist is very honoured to be chosen to publish this series. In future issues we will be including a “beginner’s guide” to quantum theory as a study companion to this series, again in line with our new and broader theme of the Science of Psychotherapy.

Finally, we have our Spotlight on Roger Keizerstein, who gave us his insightful case study of a child with trauma last month. We believe it is important not only to present articles by new authors but also give some background on the people who have written them. This is one way we can build community and explore the wonders of the science of psychotherapy together. I encourage you to tune into our new podcast series and use the weekly reading program to work through each issue; importantly, please also send us your comments and questions and submit your ideas for articles, case studies, and reviews. The Neuropsychotherapist is for us all.

-Richard Hill

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The Neurodevelopmental Impact of Stress, Adversity, and Trauma:
Implications for Social Work (Part 1)
Janet R. Shapiro and Jeffrey S. Applegate

The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands
Tom Barber

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence
Daniel J. Siegel

Quantum Physics and the Science of Psychotherapy:
Cosmic Consciousness, Stress, and Therapeutic Cognition
Ernest L. Rossi and Kathryn L. Rossi

Roger Keizerstein

51 pages

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