Three issues of Inside Out have appeared since it was successfully re- launched in May 2003. The editorial board wishes to maintain publishing three issues a year. But it is crucial that we receive articles, letters and reviews in order to sustain this level of publication. We also would like to hear from any of our readers who would like to assist us in the distribution of our journal around the country, North and South. We could restrict the circulation of the journal to IAHIP members and subscribers, but part of our aim is to widen our readership and encourage public debate about psychotherapy.
An appeal to the well-attended IAHIP AGM in Galway yielded strong interest in the journal, submission of several articles and the promise of many more. We are particularly interested in encouraging responses to work already published in the journal and to personal material from psychotherapy students and practitioners of all degrees of experience. Some to the articles in this issue reflect this trend.
In our first editorial, we outlined some of the themes which we thought might be of interest. Interestingly the theme attracting least response is the broadly termed, Disorders of the Celtic Tiger. This is despite a growing national awareness of the increase in family breakdown, dominant patterns of consumerism, rising addictions at an increasingly young age and the worrying trend of premature death. For many in the profession, these issues are at the core of our work. Yet, from our readership, there remains a relative silence. Stimulating articles on, for instance, creative therapy, have been published. But societal difficulties, which remain for most practitioners the stuff of therapy, have elicited little discussion.
This issue widens the scope of one of our initially suggested themes: that of the child and adolescent. An insightful and powerfully written article by Michael Candon introduces some early infant issues of loss and searching. In the second part of her article published in the last issue of Inside Out, Violet Outlander describes some therapeutic techniques in her work with troubled children. As we all, readers, practitioners and students have lived through our respective childhood, we welcome testimonial submissions of these experiences.
The Editorial Board is delighted at the interest in the work of one of our early contributors, John Rowan which has resulted in a summer workshop to be presented by John himself. Similarly, we are delighted to have received Allison Joyner’s thoughtful response to the interview with Catherine O’Dea. We look forward to receiving further articles for consideration and congratulate all of you who have so generously written to date.