There’s certainly a lot of thought-provoking material in this edition, taking us from Villa 21 in Shenley Hospital, UK in the 1960s, via Martin Miller speaking honestly about his mother, the publicly much revered Alice, to an exposure of the medical model and all its flaws, written in the 1970s by David Zigmund. As regards the latter, are things any different today?
Tamara Sears tackles the impossible subject of suicide and suicidal ideation with an examination of the existential philosophers and their responses.
Filmwise, Zac Boren has been to Birdman (one of my least favourite films of last year!) and gives a wise summing-up, and Jacqueline Lucas Palmer reviews Mommy, a love story of enmeshment by Xavier Dolan (a 26-year-old director) which sounds difficult and extraordinary.
The clutch of book reviews deals with, first, Love in the Age of the Internet (ed Linda Cundy) where reviewer Aaron Balick asks whether therapists are asking the right questions about their clients’ online life. Then two books concerning neurobiology: Karin Parkinson looks at Darcia Narvaez’ Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality – the topic of thinking beyond the therapy room into the wider community is highlighted here – and Mary-Lou Al-Saedy examines The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play by Theresa Kestly, an exponent of sand play therapy for children and adults – which sounds very gentle and nice to me. Brad McLean reads Steven Kuchuck-edited Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: when the Personal becomes Professional and quotes heavily from the Wizard of Oz.
Lynda Woodroffe went to a conference on the Art of Bereavement and highlights some of the art there, including Rose Petal Shroud by Beverly Ayling-Smith and Lost but not Forgotten, a Victorian style memory piece by Jane Wildgoose. Find out what she thought.
Our editorial board has lost one founder member Grace Hopkins, who has stepped down, having given 6 years of delightful support, hard work and encouragement. We will miss her a great deal. We have two new board members – Anna Cope and Hyunho Khang who bring freshness and IT skills! Welcome.
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