Spring/Fall is upon us. I expect we would like a number of things to change, but it seems that the pandemic of Covid-19 is one that will not – yet. But we continue to exist through these existential and social crises despite the conditions in which we find ourselves. I feel a call to open my mind even more to the interesting curiosities and possibilities of being me, and as Daniel Siegel suggests, being mwe (me and we). So, the magazine continues to explore what it is to be human, in relationship, in society and in engagement with nature. Piece by piece, as we explore the elements, we hope to enrich them in ways that trigger something new and wonderful. That is the Possibility Solution to what ails us – an overwhelm of sameness.
So, the magazine begins with the wonderful work of Stan Tatkin who has brough so much richness to our understanding of relationships. We are fortunate to get a hold of this deep description and discussion, PACT: Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy – Part 1. Next month we continue with the second part covering PACT in practice.
Another favorite of The Science of Psychotherapy is Italian based therapist Fabio Sinibaldi who works with his partner Sara Achilli at the Real Way of Life. He brings us the results of recent research on the effectiveness of their programs. 7 elements for optimal outcomes in psychotherapy – Fieldwork results shares ideas, techniques and practical ways that we can improve the effectiveness of therapy.
Our case study comes from Roger Keizerstein, who is also no stranger to this magazine. He tells me that he has wanted to share this case for some time, and I am happy to do so. The Boy Who Needed To Act Like A Dog takes us into the process through detailed transcripts and commentary. This is one of my favorite ways to explore a case.
Our Last Word, ATSI: What’s in a name? And why does it matter?, is in response to the article published in our July 2020 issue regarding intergenerational change by Susan Davis. I was pleased to hear from Beryl Hocke, who is a Saibai Islander woman, about her concerns about the acronym used – ATSI. I asked her to share her thoughts and I am pleased that she agreed. She includes comments from her university lecturer Richard Lakeman. We need to continue learning about each other and it is only by communicating that we can do this.
May the change of season herald wonderful things for you and your families.
RICHARD HILL | EDITOR
PACT: Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (Part 1)
7 Elements for Optimal Outcomes in Psychotherapy - Fieldwork Results
The Boy Who Needed to Act Like A Dog
ATSI: What’s In A Name? And Why Does it Matter?
Beryl Hocke & Richard Lakeman