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Victor Barbetti is a coeditor of Janus Head. He is a full-time research assistant in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a part-time instructor in the Humanities Department at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Joseph H. Berke, M.D., is an individual and family psychotherapist. He is the Founder and Director of the Arbours Crisis Centre, London, and a lecturer and teacher. He is the author of many articles and books on psychological, social, political and religious themes, including Mary Barnes:Two Accounts of a Journey through Madness (with Mary Barnes), I Haven. t Had To Go Mad Here, The Tyranny of Malice: Exploring the Dark Side of Character and Culture, Sanctuary: The Arbours Experience of Alternative Community Care (co-editor) and Even Paranoids Have Enemies: New Perspectives on Paranoia and Persecution (co-editor). He is currently working on several books including Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah (with Stanley Schneider) and Beyond Madness: PsychoSocial Interventions in Psychosis (co-editor).

Scott Bortle is a second year Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University, where he is an instructor and clinical trainee. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and his interests range from philosophical anthropology to ethics to methodology.

Daniel Burston's interest in R. D. Laing work dates back to 1970, in Toronto, when he heard Laing deliver several talks on "The Politics of The Family" on CBC Radio, an broadcast which was organized and edited for the "IDEAS" series by Phyllis Webb. His research on Laing began in earnest in the Fall of 1988, when he contacted Laing in Going, Austria, and later, care of Andrew Feldmar in Vancouver in the spring of 1989. They had hoped to meet at some point soon thereafter, but sadly, Laing's untimely death prevented that from ever happening. Burston is now an associate professor psychology at Duquesne University, and the author of The Legacy of Erich Fromm (Harvard University Press, 1991), The Wing of Madness: The Life and Work of R.D.Laing (Harvard University Press, 1996) and The Crucible of Experience: R.D.Laing and the Crisis of Psychotherapy (Harvard University Press, 2000).

Andrew Feldmár is a psychologist who has been, for more than thirty years now, practising the art of psychotherapy in Vancouver, Canada. From 1974 until 1989 he studied and worked with R. D. Laing both in England and in Canada. He has given seminars and workshops in Hungary, Russia, Croatia, Serbia, Canada and the U.S.A.

Steven Gans was born in Brooklyn in 1941, and attended Pennsylvania State University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy. He arrived in England in 1974, and since that time has been involved in psychotherapy. Steve Gans lived, with his family, in a therapeutic household founded by Dr Hugh Crawford, a good friend and colleague of Laing's, who died in 1980. These households were intended as places of refuge, community and dwelling. While living and studying with Hugh Crawford, Gans introduced Laing to the work of Emmanuel Levinas, who influenced Laing. s later work considerably.

Miles Groth is Associate Professor of Psychology at Wagner College, in New York. He is the author of papers appearing in the International Review of Psycho-Analysis, Psychoanalytic Psychology, The Humanistic Psycholgist, Journal of Society for Existential Analysis, American Imago, of which he was assistant to the editor for three years, and The Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, of which he is a member of the editorial board. Professor Groth is the author of three books on Heidegger and is a regular contributor to The Review of Metaphysics and other philosophy journals. He is the author of a chapter in Embodied Theories, forthcomnig from Continuum Press. Professor Groth is in private practice as a psychotherapist in New York City.

Theodor Itten is a psychotherapist in private practice in St.Gallen, Switzerland. He lived and studied in London from 1972-1981, and was in apprenticeship with R. D. Laing from 1986-1981. He studied anthropology with Francis Huxley at The City University London, and philosophy with Peter Rickman in the Social Science program at Middlesex University. His recent publications include "Fair-well, dear Ronnie Laing," in R. D. Laing: Creative Destroyer. Edited by Bob Mullan.

F. A. Jenner is the emeritus professor of psychiatry at Sheffield University U.K.. He was also the director of the British Medical Council Unit for Metabolic Studies in Psychiatry, and he was the first Western Psychiatrist to protest about misuse of Psychiatry in the Soviet Union. He is the author of several papers on psychiatric topics and jointly of the book "Schizophrenia; a disease or several ways of being Human." He and Laing were friendly discussants.

Gavin Miller received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He currently works there both as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of English Literature, and as an Editorial Assistant to the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue. His research interests include Scottish history of ideas, existential psychiatry, and contemporary Scottish literature.

Bob Mullan is a documentary film maker and the author of Are Mothers Really Necessary?, a study of Bowlby. s attachment theory. He was initially drawn to R. D. Laing during his earlier career as a psychiatric social worker by Paul Zeal, who headed several Philadelphia Association households during the seventies. Mullan has edited or written three books about Laing, namely, Mad to Be Normal (1995), R.D.Laing: Creative Destroyer (1997), and R.D.Laing: A Personal View (1999).

Brent Potter earned his M. A. in Psychology from Duquesne University and is presently working towards his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, where he works as an adult psychotherapist and child mental health specialist.

Leon Redler was born in Brooklyn in 1936, and qualified as a physician at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. In 1965, after 2 years as a psychiatric resident at a New York teaching hospital, he came to the UK, firstly to work with Maxwell Jones at Dingleton Hospital, in Scotland, later with R. D. Laing at Kingsley Hall and other Philadelphia Association households, several of which he founded. Dr. Redler was the Chair of the Philadelphia Association from February of 1997 to February of 1999, the first to hold that position since it was vacated by R. D. Laing in 1981. He was also Chair of the PA's psychotherapy training committee from November, 1996 to June, 2000.

Phyllis Webb, a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets, was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1927. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and McGill University, and has taught Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. For many years she worked as a writer and broadcaster for the CBC. In 1965 she created the CBC Radio programme, Ideas, with William A. Young, and was its Executive Producer from 1967 to 1969. She has taught Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the Banff Centre, and was writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta in 1980-81. She now lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.