Volume 6 Issue 6 (June 2018)
Writing can sometimes feel like a lonely and thankless task. It’s not that people don’t read and enjoy the written word, but it is mostly done in isolation and rarely in the presence of the author. One form of recognition, and I would also call it a form of thanks, is to receive one of the various awards that are given from time to time. These awards offer recognition and thanks to author(s) for their effort and excellence. We celebrate one such award in this issue. David Elliott and Daniel Brown have received the 2018 Pierre Janet Writing Award for their book, Attachment Disturbances in Adults (Norton, 2016). In a special Spotlight feature, David Elliott speaks about writing their book, the product of a collaboration among friends and colleagues spanning several years, and their unique approach to treating attachment insecurity in adults, the Three Pillars. It is always wonderful to hear authors speak about their work. We hope you’ll read the excellent results.
In this issue we are also celebrating a book by Deb Dana, Polyvagal Theory in Therapy, which is due for release in June (Norton, forthcoming). The Neuropsychotherapist has been given permission to share the first chapter. Deb Dana has a beautiful way with words, and in this book, she brings Polyvagal Theory into the lived experience of practical therapy. Her close association with Stephen Porges is clear in the ease of her words and clarity of her thoughts.
Our other feature picks the brains of a writing team from the United States, Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade. They have written a special article for The Neuropsychotherapist, drawing from their recent book The Worry-Free Mind (Career Press, 2017), in which they introduce the concepts of resilience training and lead us through the practical ways of creating a “whole brain” state of mind. Readers will encounter some fascinating insights and descriptions of mental and neural processes that inform the second part of our article on post-traumatic growth, Experiencing Trauma and the Arc of Recovery.
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Resilience Training: Using Flow States to Move from Anxiety and Depression to Optimal States of Thriving
Kershaw and Wade introduce us to the concepts of resilience training using technology to help us change states of mind. Through an understanding of brain waves and neural connectivity, the authors take a fascinating look at our very malleable mental and neural processes.
Carol Kershaw & Bill Wade
Safety, Danger, and Life-Threat: Adaptive Response Patterns
Deb Dana offers us the first chapter of her upcoming book Polyvagal Theory in Therapy, in which she introduces us to the polyvagal theory and its practical application in therapy.
- Applied NPT: Experiencing Trauma and the Arc of Recovery
- Spotlight: David Elliott