Training Therapists and the Private Logic of Science

Presently, description and measurement of illness, and empirical validation of intervention strategies are of privileged importance in the mental health field. Endless measurements are being developed in service of delineating the healthy from the sick, and effective cures from quackery. Description however can always be betrayed by experience of the thing itself, and we mistake our successive approximations for truth at great peril. Private logic is key concept in Adlerian theory, as is the assertion that such logic is infinitely mutable. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, an innovator in the field of somatic education, used his insight into the scientific method to rigorously apply logic to the process of individual learning by means of increasing awareness of embodied experience. His inquiry coalesced into a method that now bears his name, and has proven to be a powerful agent for changing private logic. It has proved so definitively in the one case I can speak to authoritatively, mine. Based on this evidence, I set forth to probe existing literature for corroboration. I believe there is ample evidence to suggest that learning to attend to embodied experience should be integral to educational curriculum standards in the training of psychotherapists. Furthermore I believe that expanding the scope of practice of mental health professionals of all disciplines to include working knowledge of embodied practice is of the utmost importance in upholding the moral and ethical obligations of the field.

Galen David McDonald
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