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Complexity Science in Psychotherapy

After a structured discussion on complexity science in psychotherapy we held in Jerusalem, several attendees and speakers joined a proposal to establish an SPR interest section. We felt that complexity science can provide answers to questions raised by common factors research, integration with neuroscience, interdisciplinary challenges and a shared demand of new technical tools and comprehensive models.

 

A new SPR Interest Section on Complexity Science would be an opportunity to share research, data, discussion, methodology and modelling based on complexity science, nonlinear dynamics, synergetics, networks, chaos theory. Though the statute and bylaws mention that we could vote for specific fees, we do not think that we need it. What we might need is a web portal and cloud space for sharing discussions, news, data and research projects (including joint grant submissions).

 

We do think that the progress of psychotherapy research is gradually leaning towards including at the same time the rich complexity and elegant simplification of therapy systems, towards integrating the temporal/longitudinal evolution of therapy, towards applying methods of systems theory such as time-series analysis, towards new meta-models which can integrate different technical tools.

 

Founding year of the interest group

2016

Activities of the interest group

The Special Interest Group (SIG) has started a group activity with weekly updates on Research Gate: Complexity Science in Psychotherapy with 58 collaborators and 68 followers. The number of SPR members who joined this SIG is currently 62. The SIG is not planning to charge any specific fee at this stage.

This SIG is planning to start other formal activities from the SPR EU-UK conference in Oxford (September 2017).

 

Reports on the Psychotherapeutic Profession

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Steering Group

Chair: Franco Orsucci (f.orsucci@ucl.ac.uk)

 

David Pincus (pincus@chapman.edu) and Wolfgang Tschacher (tschacher@spk.unibe.ch)

 

Contact

Prof Franco Orsucci
Visiting Professor

Department of Psychology & Language

University College London


Professor, Faculty of Psychology

Nicola Cusano University of London
E-mail: f.orsucci@ucl.ac.uk

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