Given the fact that most mental health fields (e.g., Psychology. Psychiatry. Psychotherapy. Counseling. Coaching. Mentoring and allied mental health-oriented fields) are still divided in either scientists or practitioners, Effective-Scientist Practitioner (ESP) Journal aims to connect these two worlds and give prominence to the strengths of the well-rounded paradigm of scientist–practitioner. Therefore, the biannual Journal of ESP will feature a wide array of articles. Including research and professional articles of all established methodologies plus reviews. Metaanalyses and case studies serving the model of scientist-practitioner and offering useful, science-based applications to all mental health professionals. In particular, at the end of each published article. The authors of the article will provide a brief “Rational Reflection”. On the practical im(ap)plications derived from their article setting relevant reflections for the present and future of mental health.
In this very first issue, Sharon Freeman Clevenger’s article kicks off with the crucial importance of science-based research on the part of small. Public or private, mental health centers and the equal importance of this research with conventional research. Katsikis et al.’s article address the hot intertemporal issue of integrating Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in schools. While Turner et al. open the floodgates of serious discussions on the validity of the Binary Theory of Emotional Distress (BTED) in psychotherapy.
Indeed, a constructive and fruitful debate section, called “Debate Point”. On the validity of BTED as a model follows including exciting contributions from Philip Hyland, Demetris Katsikis and Chrysoula Kostogiannis on this issue. Further, Tullio Scrimali, Technology Editor of ESP, inaugurates his innovative column called “Tech Point” with a highly upcoming and much promising call for an applied neuroscience-and-psychotechnology-meets-psychotherapy-and-coaching journey expected to present fascinating technological tools, devices, gadgets, methods and techniques that advance mental health practice outcomes. Last, but not least, Demetris Katsikis presents a powerful technique based on Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) including a step-by-step process for the assessment and modification of core irrational beliefs to rational ones based on the ABCDEF model of REBT.