Psyche and Academia

Psyche and Academia: Papers from 21 Years of the Auckland University of Technology Psychotherapy Master's Programmes, Edited by Keith Tudor and Emma Green


This just-released book celebrates 21 years of the AUT psychotherapy Master's programmes by presenting a diverse selection of research completed by students in the programme.  Each student has (co)written a paper which form one of 21 chapters.

It is wonderful to see five of the papers are from child and adolescent psychotherapists.  My own research, with Dr Margot Solomon as my supervisor, about the young child's experience of sibling stillbirth, is included.  My paper is focussed on my research methodology (hermeneutic) and method (literature review) and yet-to-be published papers will be about my results.  

I wrote about my research process and how it informed my research in its own right, as well as my practice as a psychotherapist.  Research with the “soul in mind” (Romanyshyn, 2020, p. 3) is a feature of the research endeavour based on the hermeneutic methodology.  For as does the young child bereaved by stillbirth, the researcher and the therapist hold life and death simultaneously.

If you are interested in the mind, psyche, relationships, people and society you might well find this book a good read.  You will see that psychotherapy research and practice is ever evolving towards an approach which centres researchers, practitioners and clients in the unique place which is Aotearoa New Zealand, where diversity is more valued than ever before. 

Romanyshyn. (2020). The wounded researcher: Research with soul in mind. Taylor and Francis.


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