Greetings! Welcome to the 77th edition. It is now just over 25 years since the concept of Inside Out bore first fruit in its original format in summer 1990. We offer you a cornucopia of reading in this edition and invite you to curl up in front of a warm hearth on an autumn evening and enjoy.
New voices and familiar voices speak from these pages in articles, reviews and poetry. One offering is an exploration of how we relate to our mobile phones. We are also delighted to include an article discussing the relationship between psychotherapy and the writings of the late Seamus Heaney. We include lovely pieces on eco supervision and on facilitating children experiencing loss.
It is always interesting how, within any one edition, a totally unplanned theme may be found weaving its way through a series of articles. We received a review of a workshop in which the facilitator names the risk of idealising any individual therapy. This may be interpreted as a call for inclusion. Another writer, discussing connection with fellow therapists, declares: ‘I am not an island’. Someone else finds a book that allows her feel less alone in the work. While we look for paths towards inclusion and solidarity within our work community, our clients also walk towards us looking for acceptance. A writer discusses the all-embracing nature of the humanistic ethos of our profession. Another dips into the relationship experi- enced by the writer between aloneness and fear.
While we have drawn out only one thread arising in the writing, each piece, in its own unique style, offers so much more richness. The editorial team is very pleased to acknowl- edge the continued interest in Inside Out indicated by this abundance of writing. Please keep the ‘ink’ flowing ‒ published psychotherapy articles earn CPD points. We would also like to invite any suggestions you might have for Conversations and invite members to even consider producing a Conversation.
We say ‘farewell’ to Debbie Hegarty who has decided to ‘step down’ from the board. Debbie contributed to the journal for a number of years and we will miss her energy and input at our meetings. We wish her well as she continues to contribute to IAHIP in other areas. This means that there is an opening for another member to get involved with Inside Out. If you are curious or interested, please contact any member of the team, or the IAHIP office, to get further information.
We would like to finish this editorial by going back to the earlier mention of walking to- wards inclusion. We acknowledge, in our hearts, the many people walking towards Europe, risking their lives to find sanctuary. Thousands of these people will be welcomed into Ire- land in the coming years; people who have had experiences we are unfamiliar with. Many may have been traumatised and yet will need time to learn our language in order to avail of supports here. How does the psychotherapy community need to prepare to be relevant for these future clients?