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Volume 24
Issue 4
May 2013

 

Contents:

  • Features
    • Features
      • Research in practice
        • Practice research networks (PRNs) provide the vital bridge between frontline practice and academic research, argue Joe Armstrong, Amanda Hawkins and Mhairi Thurston. This article reports the discussions from the pre-conference workshop at the 18th Annual BACP Research Conference in Edinburgh in May 2012 about the contribution of PRNs to developing a research evidence base for counselling. Issues raised during the workshop include the challenge of engaging practitioners in research, how to fund research, the need to improve the status and methodology of counselling research, the challenge of turning routine audit and monitoring data into useful and relevant data, and how to disseminate findings to reach their target audiences with maximum impact

      • Working with cult survivors Gillie Jenkinson
        • Anyone can be sucked into a cult; while cults tend to prey on the vulnerable, they also use powerful psychological techniques, threats and physical and sexual violence to ensure compliance in their members. Gillie Jenkinson describes her own experience of joining and leaving a cult and the skills and knowledge a therapist needs if they are to be helpful to a cult survivor. Information about cult techniques and how they work will help the client identify and understand what was done to them, the tricks that were used to lure them into the cult and keep them in, and how and where the cult’s influence is still dictating their life

      • When parents aren't good-enough Joanna North
        • How do we help a child come to terms with the fact that their parents were unable to provide good-enough parenting? Joanna North offers guidance to therapists working with looked-after children. Abandonment or separation from their parent(s), even if they were harmful and neglectful, will always be a source of sadness, loss and even of despair. The therapist should tread carefully, respect the child’s need for the ‘haven’ of their fantasy of a good and loving parent, and help them write or record using creative arts techniques their own story so they can reprocess and recover from the trauma of what has happened in their life

    • Cover feature
      • Pre-trial therapy Peter Jenkins
        • The recent suicide of Frances Andrade, a witness in a child sexual abuse prosecution, has highlighted the issue of victims having access to pre-trial therapy. Peter Jenkins outlines the continued failure by the Government to make explicit recommendations for victims and witnesses to be offered pre-trial therapy, and to fund it. But he goes further to argue the case for a wholesale revision of the UK’s adversarial legal system, which would lessen the pressure on victims and witnesses by removing the need for cross-questioning in court

    • News feature
      • News feature: The magical mystery cure Richard Shrubb
        • Richard Shrubb reports on controversial trials that use Class A drugs such as LSD and ecstasy to treat depression and post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Regulars
    • Columns
      • In practice: Fixing to facilitating Rachel Freeth
        • One of the aspects of my work that I value is its variety and particularly the fact that every person (patient) I encounter is different – indeed, unique

      • In the client's chair: A fish out of water Angela Smith
        • I was involved in an accident on a college trip to South Africa with a group of students. The bus we were travelling in came off the road and turned over. A lot of us were severely injured and three of the students were killed. Even though I was hurt, I couldn’t help but feel responsible...

      • In training: Learning from my clients Mel Perry
        • ‘For so long I’ve been battling my emotions, unseen terrorists that hide behind trees and around corners on sunny days – and then strike me down. But somewhere along the line I learnt not to fall over, not to show an inkling of this... somehow I’m beginning to realise that these terrorists are really my freedom fighters.’

      • The researcher: Compare the market Barry McInnes
        • April heralded the full implementation of the Government’s new framework for commissioning NHS patient services. Control of the larger part of the NHS budget has now passed from Primary Care Trusts to some 212 Clinical Commissioning Groups

    • News
      • News
        • News for counselling and psychotherapy professionals

    • Editorial
      • Editorial Sarah Browne
        • I am grateful to Peter Jenkins for guiding us through the complex area of pre-trial therapy, an area that we will surely be hearing much more about given the number of arrests of ageing celebrities currently being made for historic sexual abuse following Operation Yewtree

    • Letters
      • We need to talk about class Rachel Shepley
        • I thoroughly welcomed the inclusion of the ‘Class and counselling’ piece in the April issue. It raised important points about our role as a profession in acknowledging the impact that social, political and class issues can have on our clients – not least because of what we ourselves bring into the room with us

      • Rendered invisible Akum Uwahemu
        • Thanks for a great discussion article (‘Class and counselling’, Therapy Today, April 2013). Mike and Simone are much-needed pioneers!

      • Meaningful debate
        • I have just read your article on class and wanted to thank you as it helps me to delve deeper into this topic with my student colleagues

      • History of oppression Jane Balmforth
        • I was interested to read the debate about class in April’s issue of Therapy Today as it touched on many of the themes I found when researching this topic

      • Relationship and class Jane Barclay
        • I was so pleased to see ‘Class and counselling’ as the main headline on the front cover of April’s Therapy Today – this subject has been of particular relevance to me in my personal process

      • They've seen enough tears Alberto Pavan
        • I wonder why such a little report on therapists crying (News, Therapy Today, March 2013, p5) had such an impact on me

      • Multilingual client study Beverley Costa
        • I was pleased to see Dick Blackwell’s letter in Therapy Today (March 2013) in response to Lysanne Sizoo’s article (October 2012), where she comments on her decision to allow therapists only to work in their mother tongue

      • Counselling hearing loss
        • It is estimated that 150,000 individuals have ‘profound or severe’ hearing loss (July 2011, Action on Hearing Loss). These individuals have lived in the hearing world and have gradually or suddenly lost their hearing due to a variety of causes

    • Reviews
      • Getting with the beat
        • Freud’s lost chord: discovering jazz in the resonant psyche, Daniel Sapen, Karnac, 2012, 240pp, £23.99, ISBN 978-1780490120

      • Spirit and psyche
        • Psychotherapy and spiritual direction: two languages, one voice? Lynette Harborne, Karnac, 2012, 153pp, £17.99, ISBN 978-1780490182

      • Is grief a diagnosis?
        • Complicated grief: scientific foundations for health care professionals, Margaret Stroebe, Henk Schut and Jan van den Bout (eds), Routledge, 2012, 332pp, £29.99, ISBN 978-0415625050

      • Whole-earth healing
        • The life of things: therapy and the soul of the world, Bernie Neville, PCCS Books, 2012, 203pp, £18.00, ISBN 978-1906254469

      • Winnicott revisited
        • Donald Winnicott today, Jan Abram (ed), Routledge, 2012, 408pp, £29.99, ISBN 978-0415564885

      • Practice-based theory
        • The presenting past: the core of psychodynamic counselling and therapy (4th edition), Michael Jacobs, Open University Press, 2012, 288pp, £26.99, ISBN 978-0335247189

      • Romanticism and analysis
        • Uncertainties, mysteries, doubts: romanticism and the analytic attitude, Robert Snell, Routledge, 2012, £24.99, 217pp, ISBN 978-0415 543866

    • Dilemmas
      • Dilemmas: Transgender disclosure
        • Thomas is a female identified trans therapist who works as Thomas but also sometimes dresses and lives as a woman. How should he handle the possibility of encountering clients while wearing female clothes?

    • Talking point Alain de Botton
      • Care for the soul: Alain de Botton argues that therapists are now the secular modern-day equivalent of the local priest

    • How I became a therapist Eugene Ellis
      • Eugene Ellis describes how his journey to become a therapist put him back in touch with his whole self

    • The interview
      • Scott D Miller, founder and Director of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, talks to Colin Feltham about what makes a good therapist great

  • BACP
    • BACP News
      • BACP Awards: Walking the talk
        • A BACP award-winning initiative has transformed the counselling service at the Hospice in the Weald, reports Catherine Jackson

      • BACP AGM
        • Details about this year's and the previous year's BACP AGM

    • BACP Research
    • BACP Policy
    • BACP Register
      • BACP is in the process of assisting all its practising members to meet the requirements for entry onto the BACP Register, writes Registrar Sally Aldridge

  • TT.net

  • TT.net
    • TT.net extra
      • From the archive Nina Rye
        • Empowering the parent. Nina Rye explains how filial therapy directly involves the parents or carers as agents of therapeutic change in an article from September 2006

      • In the news
        • News for counselling and psychotherapy professionals

      • Behind the pictures
        • Clare Nicholas explores the ideas behind her illustrations for the May issue

      • In conversation
        • Colin Feltham talks to Gillie Jenkinson about her personal experience of joining a cult, what defines a ‘cult’ and working with cult survivors

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