Editorial

Scott Stewart, M. and Nuttall, S., 2003. Editorial. Reformulation, Autumn, p.2.


Editorial

In the body of work on CAT the focus moves backwards and forwards with either a structural theory or details of the psychological dynamics, closer to clinical experience, in the foreground. It is a little like looking at different photographs. Some concentrate on the environment or landscape, others on the people and their lives within those places.

To focus on just three of the contributors in this issue; Jason Hepple shows us some powerful snapshots and paradigms, a preview of a forthcoming book, and insights into the dynamic of ageing. We are delighted to have two early impressions of the Finland Conference, clearly a milestone for ACAT, and Tony Ryle gives us an article based on his talk at this year’s conference, and two questionnaires, one new, one revised, steps forward in CAT thinking. They are tools which can be photocopied or obtained from the Internet, to further work with patients.

‘Reformulation’s policy of inclusion of the many and diverse styles of writing of different clinicians; psychologists, psychiatrists, people whose background is in social work or nursing or psychotherapists, gives us many different pictures of the kind of work undertaken in CAT. Do these pictures inspire, bore, stimulate, frustrate, enrage the readership? Do people have similar pictures in their own albums that they would like to share with us? There are many positions taken and types of thinking expressed in ‘Reformulation’. It feels as if we are beginning to draw responses and become a place of dialogue for ACAT. In the last issue, questions about the war prompted some heartfelt responses. In this issue, we have a response from Mary Walsh to previous thoughts on mindfulness in the last issue, and to a challenge from Tony Ryle. Chess Denman has written a passionate letter responding to Heather Woods’ article on perversion. Also there are two letters raising concerns about the place of psychotherapy particularly in the NHS. It may be that letters can only come from a charged position, a bit like work in therapy when all the important talking is done at a time of rupture or crisis. In therapy you hope to move during the work into a place where ordinary things can also be discussed in a reflective way when there is no disjuncture or anger to prompt it.

Lots of people thought the last issue was great owing to these kinds of contributions. The continuing theme in our editorials seems to be: how do we get the membership to release their ideas and opinions. Let us hear more.

Mog Scott Stewart
Serena Nuttall

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