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Dear subscriber, 

As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to end the year with a brief message to our PBSP family here in the US and scattered around the globe.  We have had great shoes to fill since the passing of Al Pesso and Diane Pesso Boyden last year, whom we miss greatly.  However slowly but surely the structure around our organization is coming to shape and we have spent the year re-establishing our association website, arranging training workshops and in essence keeping the wheels in motion around this mode of therapy that we are all commonly passionate about.  We look forward to what 2018 brings and hope to see you in one of our events.

By the way, this is our very first newsletter!  If you have a submission to propose (events, books, articles, reviews), please feel free to reply directly to this email.  We welcome your ideas and would be happy to review all submissions.

Warmest good wishes,

Jim Amundsen

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2016 and 2017 saw two important books about PBSP published from Europe and both are now available for purchase under the 'Resources' tab.

The links on our website,, have been set up in cooperation with the British publisher of these two books, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and a small percentage of whatever is sold from our website will go to the US PBSP Association.


The first of the books, published in 2016, is by British PBSP Trainer, Juliet Grayson, and is titled, “Landscapes of the Heart.” This book focuses on couples counseling. The first half of the book is a clearly written introduction to couples counseling drawing on communications theories such as NLP (neuro linguistic programing) and some models that Grayson herself has come up with. The theoretical perspectives are presented via case presentations. Rather than just presenting theory, Grayson presents cases and uses them to illustrate how she works with couples. PBSP comes in, as most couples work eventually encounters, when it is apparent that the emotional development of the individuals becomes an unconscious obstacle to attaining good communication. Although Grayson has referred to PBSP, it isn’t until about halfway through the book that she presents a summary of PBSP theory and practice. She again does this by using case presentations. Her discussion of “magical marriage,” the phenomenon that Al Pesso expanded into the notion of holes in roles, was a refreshing reminder that the magical marriage is still alive and highly relevant as a subsection of the holes in roles dynamic. This book is both a very fine introduction to working with couples as well as an introduction to PBSP.

The second book, “Working with traumatic memories to heal adults with unresolved childhood trauma,” written by Petra Winnette and Jonathan Baylin, is an explicit, comprehensive summary of PBSP theory and practice. Winnette is well versed in attachment research while Baylin is an expert in the field of neuroscience. Both of these fields of attachment and neuroscience are used to bolster the scientific foundations of PBSP theory. Working with traumatic memories would be/is an excellent text book for a PBSP training program. While students of PBSP will want to read Al Pesso’s writings (available in electronic reader form at Amazon) it is very valuable to have a clearly written, very readable, summary of PBSP. Those of us who use PBSP in our individual work as well as in groups, will appreciate Winnette’s extensive case studies of her work with individuals. This book should be required reading for all students of PBSP.


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