Self and Society Volume 38 Issue 2

The following lists the contents of Self and Society, Volume 38 Issue 2.
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Authors: David Murphy, Stephen Joseph
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Relational Depth: A window into an Interconnected world
Author: Gill Wyatt
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My keynote is both an exploration and an invitation to you. It's an exploration into ‘relating’, the process of relating and its qualitative nature. What do I mean by this? The shape and feel of a relationship can be widely different. It can be detached, controlling and competitive or respectful, collaborative and caring. It can feel full of potential or be limiting. With relational depth, its qualities are Rogers' six therapeutic conditions (Rogers, 1957). Usually relational depth refers to ‘moments of intense contact and connection’ and ‘enduring experiences of connectedness’ (Mearns and Cooper, 2005) within the therapeutic relationship. This morning I invite you into a world where relational depth is a possibility at all times. This possibility arises from my foundational assumption that ‘we live in an interconnected universe’.

A Fork in the Road for the Psychological Therapies?
Author: Tricia Scott
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The Dawn of a New Era—Statutory Regulation for Psychological Therapies
Author: Jocelyne Quennell
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What is the Health Professions Council (HPC)?
Author: Janet Low
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This is an important question that has yet to be adequately answered. The question is a logical one, not a political or rhetorical one. It is important to understand what a new ‘regulator’ is in terms of what it does on a daily basis, and how it organises its resources to accomplish its aims. Without a clear idea of the mechanisms at play it is not possible to predict the consequences of its actions, nor to hold it properly accountable for those consequences. If we only read the statements published by the HPC itself we won't be any wiser. Statements like “We are the Health Professions Council (HPC). We are a regulator and we were set up to protect the public. To do this, we keep a register of health professionals who meet our standards for their professional skills and behaviour” are practically meaningless—we need to have some idea of how these statements are translated into practice, what grounds them in the truth. Much of the HPC publicity stresses the importance of Fitness to Practise hearings, and although these do take up a huge amount of time and money at the HPC, and a huge amount of PR space, in fact they account for a very tiny proportion of people on the register (see the Maresfield Report at for a detailed analysis of this aspect of the HPC). Without knowing what the HPC think regulation really is or how it really works, it won't be possible to know how to act in relation to it, nor how to judge whether it succeeds or fails.

Author: Maxine Linnell
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The Regular COLUMN
Author: Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar
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AHPB Co-chairs' Pages
Authors: John Rowan, Alexandra Chalfont
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Book Review:
Authors: Martin Haddon, Trevor Cousins
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Authors: Nick Duffell, Jen Turner, Celia Wilson
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