Foreword: Winter 2020

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Happy Holidays & Welcome to the Seventh Edition of Clinical Psychology Today!

The first three articles of this edition highlight the importance of checking in with our emotional and physical reactions as clinicians. The edition begins with an engaging and honest reflective piece on the personal experience of training as a psychologist during the current pandemic.  A qualitative research study subsequently examines the experience of self-care within psychologists in Ireland, identifying the different forms of self-care and the importance of clinician awareness.  An interesting research study with a large sample of therapists explores the topic of body-centred countertransference, identifying the different types of therapist reactions and arguing for the need to interpret these reactions as part of the therapeutic process.

It has been a tough year for our community, both in our personal and professional lives. The challenging and unpredictable nature of our worlds has provided little respite for reflection.  In this regard, we are pleased to present a number of thought-provoking articles on a range of timely and valuable topics.

The final two articles of this edition provide a discussion of two distinct and important topics.  A literature review explores the link between childhood trauma and psychosis, highlighting the complex interaction between environmental and biological factors.  The edition concludes with a discussion of grief in special education and identifies the supports needed for staff to manage this difficult process.  

Do also check out the accompanying podcast (video here https://youtu.be/NRbOSBuF8AA or audio version here https://soundcloud.com/user-204176533/cpt-interviews-dr-malie-coyne/s-8JRCcl2OWkK) with Dr. Malie Coyne, Clinical Psychologist.  In this engaging podcast, Malie gives her experience of working in the media as a psychologist and discusses her motivation for writing her new book, Love In, Love Out.

Finally, a sincere thanks to all the individuals that made this edition possible; the authors, the reviewers, the journal’s working group. We would like to give special thanks to Siobhan O’Neill for her wonderful editing work and Chloe Costello for helping with the online edition.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

Edition Co-Editors: Patrick McHugh, Charlotte Wilson


  • Reflecting on Clinical Training During a Pandemic – Click here
  • The Evolution of Self-Care: From Explicit Techniques to Implicit Awareness – Click here
  • An Exploration of Body-Centred Countertransference in Irish Therapists – Click here
  • Exploring the relationship between childhood trauma and psychosis; a review of the literature – Click here
  • The Experience of Grief in Special Education: Support for Staff on Deterioration and Death of Students – Click here

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