Editorial

Mog Scott Stewart and Serena Nuttall, 2004. Editorial. Reformulation, Autumn, p.3.


We have been extremely privileged to do what we have wanted to do with the Reformulation project for the last two years. We picked it up when several people had formulated and edited previous editions, and the designer, Jon Sloper, had already been involved and made it much more professional and no longer a Xeroxed broadsheet. Also electronic mail had become a commonplace and so the process of collation has been greatly simplifi ed: good old computers have made much more possible. Having three people responsible was, in retrospect, a sound way forward. Serena and I are good foils for each other, each with different strengths and an enjoyment of each others’ company and ideas, and a love of reading (essential). We hoped we have achieved the following: a revamping of the design along with Jon and a rationalising of the themes and subjects that emerge in ACAT. A honing down of the content, so there is enough, but not too much, to hold peoples’ interest for any one issue. The people who have contributed did the bulk of the work producing the diversity of perspectives that is the essence of CAT. We hope there was something of interest for every orientation in each of the different issues. The two years of working on Reformulation have been immense Fun. It is exciting waiting for articles to drop into the e-mail. There they are, clear articulate experiences, the result of many hours’ work, there for the taking. Many tough and enjoyable hours’ reading and subediting and many moving surprises. It is a gift when someone gives themselves permission to be able to say how they have experienced some diffi cult therapy and periods of work, and puts that in to some larger theoretical context that places it in the community of experience and work.

In between this there have been a number of glasses of rose and terrific lunches (mainly Serena’s handiwork). The development of writing within the ACAT community will foster the continuing need to be seen as an orientation with a distinctive voice. This will come from a continuing articulation, reappraisal and development of all aspects of the CAT model. We have struggled with the task of encouraging those who do not see themselves as writers of articles and letters to put their views forward. This has started to change just as we are both having to face the fact that our energies have to be placed elsewhere. Two issues have brought a wider response. One was the impact of the war in Iraq, the other the crucial ethical issues that are being tackled at present in the organisation. The latter became a small crisis for us. Should we tackle something that is so painful? The answer, to us as therapists, had to be yes. We had tried to provoke many issues through the articles presented during our time as editors but this was the one that stood out. It brought up a particular question for us. For whom do we speak – ourselves, the membership, or ACAT council? We felt strongly that it had to be the fi rst of the three, while at the same time it was important to stimulate responses from the membership. Reformulation cannot be the mouthpiece of the committees. There has to be a place to scrutinise and criticise policy and Reformulation should be a place where this can happen. We strongly believe that the editorship of Reformulation should be independent. Those who come after us must make up their own minds. We hope it can continue to grow as an independent organ willing to work on any issue important to the organisation.

We are sorry to be leaving without knowing who our successors are to be. We put some notes for potential editors in the last edition, and would like to reiterate that you do not need to be part of the ACAT establishment (if there is such a thing, more likely a wrongly held belief); rather, you simply need to be interested in encouraging members to contribute the richness that is held in the CAT community for publication. The editorship must be seen as the responsibility of the whole CAT body, not of Council, and we would encourage trainees, newly qualifi ed practitioners and therapists to seriously consider taking this task on – it’s extremely enjoyable and interesting. As before, we would be delighted to talk to anyone interested. Ring or e-mail us.

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