The editorial seeks to recognise a pattern across the contributions of addressing both theory and implications for practice, depth, and across various fields, width.
Dominic Hosemans threads a relational psychoanalytic concept of companioning, shortcomings of dialogue, as applied in a case study of a traumatised child. Steffi Bednarek examines the role of psychotherapy in societal responses to climate change and raises issues on unconscious bias in our theory that limits recognising the more than human world. Barry Laing argues for Gestalt therapy to be an ally in providing more culturally appropriate support for indigenous health care than currently offered in the Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) framework. Barbara Suess first explores ways to provide support for bereavement, across historical and contemporary cultural differences, followed by findings from a project that revealed more similarities than differences in bereavement experience.
Leanne O’Shea as GANZ president expresses gratitude to the facilitators and convener (and the support committee) for the experimental Gathering/Hui which had quite a positive response from participants.
Happy reading, reflecting on the themes expressed by the authors, and perhaps taking action.
Editor, GANZ Journal
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