Nuttall, S. and Scott-Stewart, M., 2004. Editorial. Reformulation, Summer, p.3.
Being editors of Reformulation is not an easy task! Juggling the tasks of therapy, housework, family, and interest in life and what ACAT members produce for the magazine. We have been delighted at what people have come up with. The quality of the commitment to explain ideas and experiences of therapy has always been high, but it feels to us that members have responded to others’ efforts with a growing confidence. The content of the articles demonstrates the wide catholic interest of the members. The canopy of CAT shelters a multitude of interests and we have been the lucky recipients of these. In this issue for example we have a number of differing and challenging threads of thought. Remy Aquarone asks us to think about dissociation in relation to more day-to-day responses to reality. Sue Llewelyn and Myra Cooper describe the continuing balancing act between cognitive and psychodynamic psychotherapies. Rachel Pollard throws us a difficult catch when she shows us the range of critical thought levelled against Bahktin. When we incorporate parts of other theories do we also include the problems this brings as well as the benefits? Has Bahktin an idealised view of language? The reviews show us a depth of thinking and feeling about the psychology of old age, and a short article by Laura Sutton, in conjunction with a report from a very successful training conference, are evidence of the ever increasing confidence of the organisation.
For the last two years while we have edited Reformulation the difficult moments have been the ones where it seemed no-one would respond to us or the work included in the pages. It seemed at times that no ACAT member had time to talk to us and show their real selves (editors in small self mode!). But gradually a dialogue does seem to be developing. Iraq was the first opening. People spoke their minds. Members may wish to comment further on the ‘Trophy’ photographs? Have patients incorporated this into their internal worlds? How do we manage these revelations? Currently the extremely important debate about our ethical constitution continues. Lawrence Welch’s letter should help members to realise the serious need for us all to enter into the discussion and thinking about this issue.
On this note we wish to announce, after more than two years, that we are standing down as Editors, and wish to hand on the important task of continuing Reformulation. For anyone interested, there is enough material promised and submitted for the Autumn and Spring issues already to make an easy start for the new Editor(s). Anyone motivated to do so would be taking on a flourishing concern. Please apply.
We have found editing ‘Reformulation’ to be a very enjoyable and stimulating task. We got to have lots of interesting discussions with contributors and potential contributors, and have been able to indulge ourselves in encouraging people to write about all sorts of aspects of CAT.
We are retiring because of the need to spend more time elsewhere, and we would say that the main downside is the time commitment. Time is needed for planning the issues, contacting contributors, encouraging people to let us have their work for comment and editing if necessary, reading, proof reading, identifying themes, and so on. We think we now have a good format, using the conference contributions, and having several regular features as well as having room for new ideas. We are also extremely fortunate in having Jon Sloper to help us to put it together. His patience and good humour is of inestimable value to frayed editors.
We have found working together on it as colleagues good fun and supportive, and people may want to think about taking it on with one, two, three others as a way of sharing out the work and lightening the burden.
We have a lot of work in the pipeline, so anyone taking it on would be able to work themselves in gently.
Finally, we would be delighted to talk to anyone interested. Email us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Mog Scott Stewart
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Are there Limitations to the Dialogical Approach to Psychotherapy?
Pollard, R., 2004. Are there Limitations to the Dialogical Approach to Psychotherapy?. Reformulation, Summer, pp.8-14.
Book Review: Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Later Life by Sutton and Hepple
Ardern, M., 2004. Book Review: Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Later Life by Sutton and Hepple. Reformulation, Summer, pp.28-29.
Summary Report on ACAT Training and Trainer Development Conference
Bennett, D., 2004. Summary Report on ACAT Training and Trainer Development Conference. Reformulation, Summer, p.6.
The Procedure Tracking Form (PTF): A Possible New Tool for CAT
Kingerlee, R., 2004. The Procedure Tracking Form (PTF): A Possible New Tool for CAT. Reformulation, Summer, pp.25-27.
What Do Cognitive Approaches Have To Contribute To CAT?
Llewellyn, S. and Cooper, M., 2004. What Do Cognitive Approaches Have To Contribute To CAT?. Reformulation, Summer, pp.20-24.
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