Issue 1 – February 2024


A professional journal of practice based on psychotherapeutic methods

A quarterly publication, 33rd year, issue 1, February 2024.




Zsanett Kepics, Krisztina Pál



Theoretical study

Márk Bérdi, Márton Bálint, Kacimi El Hassani Selma, Gellért Kisdi, Dorottya Safrankó, Robert J. Cramer: Assessing and managing suicide risk: a competency-based approach and a training plan. Part II

Overview study

Kitti Jakobovits: The situation and dilemmas of bibliotherapy in Hungary

Overview study

William J. Doherty, Tai J. Mendenhall: Medical Family Therapy translated by: Vera Muth



Márta Csabai: Searching for the positive Psytopia – comment on András Holló’s essay

Psychotherapist in Psytopia’

Mónika Rózsa – What’s there beyond Psytopia? – comment on András Holló’s essay

Psychotherapist in Psytopia’

Annamária Tari: Psychotherapist in Psytopia – comment on András Holló’s essay


Is the therapist human(?)

Zsuzsa Laczkó: Katika ♦ Vanda Hites-Lukács: Dear Diary ♦ Tamás Dávid: A busstop encounter more effective than interpretation and confrontation


Professional view

Katalin Borbáth, Richárd Flach, Dalma Szögedi: Current perspectives of school psychology in Hungary – or can school psychology be effectively today?

Debates, comments

Ethical dilemmas in therapeutic practice 43.: Péter Káplár ♦ Zoltán Danics ♦ István Soós

Mocking glass

Psychotherapeutic stories

Júlia Sebes: Therapy doesn’t make you happy – case vignette ♦ Sára Kőszeg: Cinderella’s therapeutic story


Summary of the Psychotherapy Council Association’s delegates meeting

In memoriam: Gábor Paneth


Conferences  – Dániel Vattay Zsuzsanna Szabó, Lilla Kolos ♦ Sára Gergely, Gergely Biró, Júlia Andróczi ♦ Zsóka Takács-Tóth ♦ Marita Ardai-Punczman 

Book reviews – Zsuzsanna Benyus ♦ Richárd Flach ♦ István Tiringer 

List of professional books and periodicals 

Professional programs

Editorial announcements



Márk Bérdi, Márton Bálint, Kacimi El Hassani Selma, Gellért Kisdi, Dorottya Safrankó, Robert J. Cramer

Assessing and managing suicide risk: a competency-based approach and a training plan. 

Part II.

Suicide is a major global and local public health issue. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals must receive appropriate training to ensure that people in suicidal crises receive the best possible care. This study aims to present a national adaptation of training based on the Core Competency Model of Suicide Prevention (CCM). The study reviews the evolution of trends and paradigm shifts in suicide prevention literature, including risk identification for therapeutic purposes, the emergence of „ideation-to-action” theories and fluidity theory of suicidality, the role of cultural stress and other cultural variables, and effective suicide prevention interventions. These changes have impacted the competency model of suicide prevention presented here, and the study proposes a training plan that focuses on developing professionals’ self-reflection about suicide prevention, risk identification, developing a relationship with the suicidal patient, documenting risk assessment, and practitioner self-care, following the sequence of the ten key competencies. The study emphasizes the need for cultural and minority specificity in suicide prevention theory and practice. Finally, the study recommends validity studies of the ten-item instrument measuring key competencies in suicide prevention and assessment (SCAF-R, Suicide Competency Assessment Form – Revised) and possible applications and improvements of the training. 

Keywords: competence – suicide – professionals – prevention – training


Kitti Jakobovits

The situation and dilemmas of bibliotherapy in Hungary

Bibliotherapy is a less well-known method in Hungary, however its popularity has grown rapidly in the recent years. Every year, more and more psychologists, teachers, librarians, coaches, mental health specialists, and professionals of the social sector start training and become bibliotherapists. Alas, neither direct professional reflection or scientific research, nor the user demand shown by the clients can necessarily keep up with this pace. The purpose of this study is to draw attention to this phenomenon and advance the filling of these gaps.

The diversity and wide-ranging application of the method is to be welcomed and should be emphasized rather than subjected to a unification as an attempt at homogeneity. At the same time, we must treat it as a fact that most of the difficulties and problems currently seen in the field come specifically from this diversity, from the free and creative interpretation of bibliotherapy. In my study, I present the world of Hungarian bibliotherapy, focusing on its areas of application, its place among the helping professions, a brief description of the methodology and training, and especially its current situation, its well-functioning points and its difficulties.

Keywords: literature therapy – bibliotherapy – method presentation – situation in Hungary


William J. Doherty, Tai J. Mendenhall

Medical Family Therapy

Translated by: Vera Muth

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