Welcome to our updated, new look Inside Out. We hope you will find it appealing, attractive and engaging. Inside Out is now being printed in full colour and we invite all future contributors to consider submitting images with their work. You may have also noticed that we have changed the tag line from The Journal for the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy to The Irish Journal for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. Given that interest in writing for and reading Inside Out goes out beyond our own membership, we are keen to signal our encouragement, and inclusive approach. That said, the stamp of the IAHIP is very much on the cover, as the spiral image is an aspect of the IAHIP logo.
This new issue begins with content that is insightful, diverse and colourful. We open with a vox pop from Pauline Dolan who asks some questions about our vision for the IAHIP, offering us the viewpoints of five different respondents. This is followed by an article from Matthew Henson, who illustrates and outlines why he believes that we are unlikely to serve the interests of public protection by supporting statutory registration. His article prompts us to ask ourselves if we are sleep-walking into a detrimental move for the true integrity of psychotherapy?
The work of the late post-Jungian writer James Hillman emerges through two articles. The first is by Ger Murphy, as he reflectively takes us through his experience of his brother’s suicide or self-killing. The second, by Emma Philbin Bowman, invites us to consider our true ‘calling’, “…as a way to balance the imprints of the past with the influence of an inner vision which beckons us”.
Dr. Rita Glover from Dublin City University (DCU) describes research she has done on the experience of being a supervisor, as opposed perhaps to the more frequent focus on how supervisors do supervision. In addition, Christina Treacy, a Masters student in DCU, digs down into research on the therapeutic relationship to emerge with some interesting conclusions.
Intermingling among the articles are poems, the Space and a book review. We might also draw your attention to an advert from the IAHIP itself, seeking applications from facilitators who might be interested in taking part in the Association’s workshop series for 2017/18. We anticipate that the finalised workshop programme will be printed in the summer issue of our journal.
We hope you will enjoy our new look journal and we welcome your feedback. We invite people to consider submitting material to us, be that a specific article, a piece of research, a poem etc – don’t forget to write a review if you happen across a book, workshop or online material, that you consider other members might find interesting.