Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News
Guest Editors of Contemporary Psychoanalysis explore concepts of human evil
ISSTD Fellows Elizabeth Howell, PhD and Shelly Itzkowitz, PhD are Guest Editors of the most recent edition of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis, V54 (1).
The journal explores the topic of human ‘evil’, particularly the role of psychopathy in the perpetration of evil, and how psychoanalysis has framed and responded to the concept of evil.
The volume opens with an article by Shelly and Elizabeth exploring the concepts of psychopathy and evil. The journal goes on to cover topics wide ranging in scope and including the violence perpetrated on Native Americans; the evil associated with the Holocaust; the effects of sexual abuse of children; psychoanalytic and diagnostic considerations of psychopathy; and the role of dissociation and counter dissociation in the therapeutic relationship. The issue is completed by a personal essay regarding the sexual abuse of children and the Catholic Church.
Contributors include Elizabeth F. Howell, Sheldon Itzkowitz, J. Reid Meloy, Sue Grand, Robert Prince, Richard Gartner, Emily Kuriloff, Neville Symington, Michael Stone, and Mary Gail-Frawley-O’Dea.
The issue can be accessed at: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/uucp20/54/1?nav=tocList
New Psychology Textbooks to include a focus on Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
Many clinicians working with dissociative disorders lament the lack of training they received in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Despite years of tertiary and clinical training we are often left feeling completely unprepared for our first dissociative client. Media portrayals of DID are lamentably poor, meaning that many students will already have negative and incorrect perceptions of, and beliefs about, dissociative disorders. To add to the problems several studies analysing the way textbooks discuss child abuse and maltreatment show it is often inadequately discussed. Two recent textbooks for students in the Australia-Pacific region are changing that by including chapters on complex trauma, somatization and dissociation, improving the information future clinicians receive.
ISSTD Scientific Committee member, Mary-Anne Kate and ISSTD Past President, Warwick Middleton (Vice Chair of the ISSTD Scientific Committee), have contributed a chapter entitled: Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom Disorders for an Australian textbook, Kring’s Abnormal Psychology. This edition has been adapted to the Australia and New Zealand region from the popular American edition. Local research is spread throughout, with many carefully curated articles and news items included.
For more information see: http://www.wileydirect.com.au/buy/abnormal-psychology-1st-edition/
Immediate Past President Martin Dorahy, PhD, and colleague Indra Mohan, MD, have also written a textbook chapter entitled: Dissociative disorders and somatic symptoms and related disorders in Abnormal Psychology in Context: The Australian and New Zealand Handbook. This practical resource for students is also specifically focusing on the Australian and New Zealand perspectives.
A Book Review: Frank Putnam’s The Way We Are
ISSTD Member, Pam Stavropoulos PhD, has written a book review of Frank Putnam’s The Way We Are, which was featured in the Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal of Australia (PACJA) Vol.5(1) in August, 2017. This detailed book review introduces the concepts of a dissociative mind to a broader audience of counsellors and psychotherapists, and makes for great reading, of interest to those who have not read Putnam’s book, as well as those who already have.
Pam commences with this opening paragraph:
In an age of hyperbole and incessant demands on our attention, recommendation of a ‘must read’ book can seem an imposition as well as a cliché. Yet I do not hesitate to make that endorsement in this case. Frank Putnam’s The Way We Are is his magnum opus after years of service to the field of psychotherapy in general and study of the dissociative disorders in particular. It is a ground-breaking work that proposes what amounts to nothing less than a paradigm shift in the way we conceptualise and respond to the workings of the mind per se.
To read the rest of the review click on the link: http://pacja.org.au/?p=3751
Reaching out through Interviews…
Two Interviews from Robert T Muller
ISSTD Fellow, psychologist and author, Robert T Muller PhD, has been interviewed on Global News Toronto about the timely and important topic of bullying and trauma. Professor Muller was interviewed for Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day is Anti-Bullying Day, a day when people wear a pink, blue or purple shirt to symbolise a stand against bullying, an idea that originated in Canada. It is now celebrated on various dates around the world. Prof. Muller speaks about bullying and the impacts of bullying and other forms of trauma. He also discusses ways to speak out if you feel bullied and offers guidance on how to support people who feel bullied. A link to the recording is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_VHNZwOv6w
In a second interview Professor Muller speaks to Diane Flacks on radio CBC Toronto about Family Secrets and Trauma. This interview explores the negatives of oppressive secrecy and silence. Prof. Muller discusses the reasons for remaining silent in families about trauma, the negative impacts of this on relationships, and ways to change family dynamics. Listen here:
Professor Muller’s latest book Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up will be released in June. More on that in a later edition of News You Can Use.
Richard Chefetz on what inspires him
ISSTD Fellow, Richard Chefetz, MD, has been interviewed for Ask an Expert column in Trauma Matters and speaks of his clinical work, self care and the influence of personal events on his clinical approach and practice. Read more here: https://tinyurl.com/y77l6rns
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