Welcome to the first issue under our new banner of The Science of Psychotherapy. Even though neuroscience is a vital element of the complex system of psychotherapy, it is not the only element. There is so much to learn from the other elements of our biology and the systems within it. A good article does not need to focus on the neuroscience, although most good articles will include, or at least acknowledge, some relevant neuroscience – simply because the brain is a very important element! We use the word science in the context of information that is based on reliable and rigorous investigation, careful thought, and experiment. We look forward to publishing a range of articles from broad research to specific cases, and proving established ideas, innovative propositions and even speculations – as long as they are backed by or based on good science. The Science of Psychotherapy strongly encourages your responses and ensuing discussions as a valuable watchdog of the veracity of what we publish and also as an inspiration to explore even further. The recurring theme in our “Where to Now?” feature was the need to integrate what we know and what we do, to find the common ground rather than the differences and separations. We look forward to exploring many exciting themes: What works and what doesn’t? What do we know now and what can we learn? What are the innovations and the possibilities coming in our future? We start this issue with the first of two parts about The Parent-child Neuropsychotherapy Protocol by Thedy Veliz in the USA. He has chosen The Science of Psychotherapy as the first place to publish his detailed description of his protocol and we are pleased to assist in presenting the protocol for your information, comment and discussion. I believe his utilization of neurodevelopmental dynamics when working with families who have a child exhibiting emotional and behavioral difficulties is both new and innovative. It also stands on the solid ground of some excellent science. Innovative thinking is equally evident in Aldrich Chan’s article, Consciousness, Integration and Individuation through Active Imagination. He discusses the importance of non-conscious processing in our human psychology. This article is excellent follow-on from my question in the last issue: Where to now? Finally, there is a special Last Word comment by Ernest and Katherine Rossi. As promised, some authors will continue to express their thoughts through our Last Word column. The Rossi’s take us, once again, into the important and progressive field of quantum physics. They bring to our awareness the doors we need to open so that the science of psychotherapy is included in the planning of future quantum research. I hope this issue inspires, educates and prompts your engagement to write to us with your responses, comments and discussions. We are always keen to see how you, our readers, will take us beyond the growing edge.
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Consciousness, Integration & Individuation Through Active Imagination
The Parent-Child Neuropsychotherapy Protocol: A Relational and Developmental Neurogenomics Approach to Working with Youth and their Families
The Quantum Communication Information World We Live in Now
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