From the Editor – Dec 2019/Jan 2020

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This month’s key author is Professor William Damon, one of the world’s leading researchers on the development of purpose in life. In his article he considers how his explorations of purpose have extended from youth to mid- and late-adulthood, and how his own sense of purpose was shaken by the discovery of a long-held family secret.

Mindfulness has become increasingly interesting to clinicians and mental health practitioners, because a solid body of science links it with better physical and mental health, and better relationships at home and at work. Jutta Tobias Mortlock talks about how mindfulness can help both you and your clients.

In her article, Ana Maloney explains how supporting special needs parents and their families can be highly rewarding. Equipping yourself with insights into the experience of special needs parents and examples of approaches to treatment can make your work more effective and allow this client group to feel truly understood.

Group decision-making involves complex processes and frequently creates conflict, disappointment and inefficiency. Miriam Edelman considers the dynamics of group decision-making, and introduces a tornado model and its application in various case studies.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is estimated to affect up to 22 per cent of people in the UK, with similar prevalence rates across Europe and the US. Dr Sula Windgassen explores the relationship between psychological factors and physical symptom severity in cognitive behavioural therapy as a treatment for IBS.

Research supports that online therapy appears to be just as effective as in-person therapy. Therese Mascardo, a psychologist who got her start in California, talks about how the conventional therapist can evolve using modern technology, and how psychologists are switching to online therapy because it saves time, money and resources.

Brought up in a remote part of South Wales, Dr Joanna Cates a lways found being outdoors good for her emotional wellbeing. In her article, she explores how her work as a clinical psychologist and the natural world come together in the form of ecotherapy.

Educational psychologists (EPs) are psychologists who apply what they know from a range of disciplines and use this within the field of education. Teresa Wheeler talks about how the role of the EP as changed, and defines what it means to be an EP today.

Our regular ‘Getting there’ feature looks at the varied and diverse career paths people take within the field of psychology. In this issue, Dr Kairen Cullen talks about her journey to becoming an educational psychologist, writer and media adviser.

Articles in issue 4

The purposeful life review
Professor William Damon considers how his explorations of purpose have extended from youth to mid- and late-adulthood.

More than meditation: How to make mindfulness work for you
Jutta Tobias Mortlock talks about how mindfulness can help both you and your clients.

The gift of feeling understood: Therapy with special needs parents
Ana Maloney explains how supporting special needs parents and their families can be highly rewarding.

Riding the tornado: Improving group decision-making
Miriam Edelman considers the dynamics of group decision-making, and introduces a tornado model of decision-making and its application in various case studies.

The importance of thoughts and responses to symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome
Dr Sula Windgassen explores the relationship between psychological factors and physical symptom severity in cognitive behavioural therapy as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.

Private practice: What you need to know about practising online
Therese Mascardo, a psychologist who got her start in California, talks about how the conventional therapist can evolve using modern technology.

Making the most of the great outdoors: Bringing ecotherapy into the mainstream
Dr Joanna Cates explores how her work as a clinical psychologist and the natural world come together in the form of ecotherapy.

The changing face of the educational psychologist
Teresa Wheeler talks about how the role of the educational psychologist has changed, and defines what it means to be an educational psychologist today.

Getting there: Educational psychologist
In this issue, Dr Kairen Cullen talks about her journey to becoming an educational psychologist, writer and media adviser.

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