Volume 7 Issue 1 (January 2019)
WWelcome to the New Year and the first issue of The Neuropsychotherapist for 2019 under our exciting new brand, the Science of Psychotherapy! This year promises to have an international flavour that I’m sure will both fascinate and intrigue you. I look forward to bringing to you the ideas and practice experiences of people I have been fortunate to come to know over the years, as well as the knowledge and ideas of those yet to emerge. This issue gathers together authors from Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics we cover are equally diverse. In Australia, John Falcon has been working with addiction for decades, and he shares his knowledge, experiences and insights into this difficult problem. Sophia Davis has been working as a somatic therapist in Berlin for the past decade, and in her article, “Bringing the Body into the Therapy Room”, she shows us the importance of integrating the whole person into whatever therapy we practice and illustrates with a fascinating case example, how we might do this in our own practices. Derrick Hassert challenges us with a question all too many people ask: “Why does my brain hate me?” We need to understand this frustrating capacity that makes people feel dis-integrated—the opposite of integrated—and almost in a battle with parts of themselves. The contribution from the Aspen Institute, the first of a two-part series on “The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development”, also deals with the importance of integration. The authors, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Christina Krone, present a detailed picture of educational development in young people from a brain-based perspective and challenge the developers of educational policy to pay attention to the knowledge we have about the brain and how it develops in those early years.
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Welcome to the beginning of a new year and a new set of possibilities.
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“Why does my brain hate me?”
Resistance As Relearning
Derrick L. Hassert
The Brain Basis For Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development – How Emotions and Social
Relationships Drive Learning
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Linda Darling-Hammond, Christina Krone
Bringing The Body Into The Therapy Room
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