• Mo Felton on Touchstone and Talisman - Building the self

    Approach/issue: Transactional analysis

    Working with young people in the care of the local authority can be both challenging and supremely rewarding. The theory and philosophy of Transactional Analysis has proved to be highly effective in this field and there are many projects around the UK. This article describes a framework which integrates several theories into a simple map for assessment, reflective practice, supervision and self supervision. The two maps are a synthesis of, and a progression from, earlier works described.

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  • Michael Soth on continuing development in an ‘impossible profession’?

    Approach/issue: Integrative

    When counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and associated disciplines are called 'impossible professions', this is often understood as a tongue-in-cheek conversational quip, a collective exclamation of mock exasperation: "What can you do? It’s impossible!” - and then we continue as before...

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  • Dr Aaron Balick on The Digital Economy of Recognition: the psychology of the socially networked self

    Approach/issue: Integrative

    This is a longtime adage often applied to the current state of the digital world where so much appears to be free, but this is only because the price tags are hidden from view. Whether it be Google Search, G-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or the very WordPress blog you are reading, the service is free, so where’s the catch? One of the catches is obvious and has been the source of so much news lately: privacy.

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  • Professor Andrew Samuels on new developments in the Post-Jungian field

    Approach/issue: Jungian

    In university settings, it is my habit to begin lectures on analytical psychology, especially to those not taking degrees in Jungian psychology, by asking those present to do a simple association exercise to the word "Jung." I ask them to record the first three things that come to mind.

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