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CHAPTER TEN: What can educational psychotherapy teach teachers?

Helen High Karnac Books ePub

Marie Delaney

Prior to training as an Educational Psychotherapist, I worked for many years in various settings as a teacher for pupils with social, emotional, and behaviour disorders (SEBDs) and those considered “at risk” of exclusion from school. My work has involved training staff in primary and secondary schools in behaviour management techniques for these challenging pupils. Throughout my training as an Educational Psychotherapist I was interested in how ideas from Educational Psychotherapy could benefit mainstream teachers. There were times when I struggled with the two roles of teacher and therapist, wondering if they were in fact mutually exclusive. However, as my training progressed, I became convinced that it was possible to use learning from Educational Psychotherapy to support and develop the skills of teachers in mainstream schools. Educational Psychotherapy offered me a new framework for thinking about behaviour—both of pupils and the adults they come into contact with. It seemed possible to combine therapy and teaching in a way that would be beneficial for pupils and staff. In this chapter I hope to describe some of the ideas I have found useful and how I have tried to convey these ideas, in training workshops, to teachers who may be wary of therapy.

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7. Changing from liaison to consultation in the course of clinical work: consultation in action

Robert Bor Karnac Books ePub

Through experience we have learned that it is helpful if clinical work is preceeded by consultation, wherever possible. In some cases, consultation can obviate the neccessity for further clinical work. A new referral provides an oportunity for changing the emphasis from liaison to consultation work. In the example set out below, a ward sister telephoned our counselling unit in the hospital and asked for one of the counsellors to come up to the ward as soon as possible. She would not provide any further information over the telephone as she said it was dificult to speak from the nurses’ station. It was a ward on which six months previously, there had been complications around counselling, testing and diagnosing a heterosexual man with HIV. In a case review, it was felt that if the counselling team had been involved in the case at an earlier stage, some of the management problems may not have been quite as serious. The first clue, therefore, from the new referral, was that there was considerable anxiety over the management of a similar case and that counsellors should be involved at a very early stage.

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Chapter Four - Sublimation and Das Ding in Mahler's Symphony No. 8

M Gerard Fromm Karnac Books ePub

John Muller

When Gustav Mahler arrived at his summer retreat in June, 1906, he was, as usual, filled with doubt about whether he would be able to compose. He reports, however, being immediately “seized by the Spiritus creator” which “shook and lashed” him as he felt the music being “dictated” to him (quoted in de La Grange, 1999, p. 889; see also Mahler, 2004, p. 234, 357). Earlier that year, he had said of his difficulties, “There was the Court, there was the press, there was the audience, there was my family, and finally the enemy in my own breast…Often, it was terrible!” (de La Grange, p. 394). After he had finished the symphony in August 1906, he wrote,

I have finished my Eighth Symphony. It is the grandest thing I have done yet, and so peculiar in content and form that it is really impossible to write anything about it. Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. These are no longer human voices, but planets and suns revolving…. It is a gift to the nation. All my previous symphonies are just preludes to this. In the other works everything is still subjective-tragic—this one is a great joy-bringer. (quoted in de La Grange, p. 926)

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Chapter Ten: Madeleine is Free and Louis Visits the Countess

Rose, William Karnac Books ePub

Letter to:

Marcel Dupont, Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne département, SW France


Louis Martens, rue Lamarck, Paris, France

Dated 20th May 1886

My dear Marcel,

A splendid thing. After nearly five years Madeleine is now free from the asylum. What incredible days these have been! Most of these women seem to stay there forever, to veritably rot away within its walls. Is she cured? Well the physicians are prepared to let her go. All is as Charcot prescribed. Yes, she is still strange, sometimes quite mute, but Oh! She moves so beautifully. Already she is my inspiration. Through her my art will explode into new life. I will draw her and paint her. She will be my Aphrodite, my Minerva, my Proserpine. She is all the figures of transformation and of love, the embodiment of art itself, the queen of the “palace of beauty”. But, again, I hear you say—is she cured? What would a cure be? Would she then lose that essence she offers to me and to my art and which may be her destiny to bestow upon the world? What better role for her than to serve art and what greater prospect for me than to accept the gift that she is now here in my life, waiting for my visits to her little room. She likes to read you know. I will get her the books that she wants and she can read them when I draw and paint her. She reads poets as well. Already I have brought her Baudelaire, Verlaine, and Mallarmé. Yes, I know, she may be a little shocked, but I have been entrusted with an honourable mission—to escort her to the outside world. I will let her know of the works that inspire me. She can read Baudelaire and I will paint her as his Francisca. How true to the cause is that!

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CHAPTER ONE: Introduction

Inga-Britt Krause Karnac Books ePub

In 1998, a significant event took place in race relations in Britain. This was the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a small gang of young white men as he waited for a bus. His murder was not properly investigated, and to date no one has been found guilty of it. However, the public inquiry that eventually took place found the Metropolitan Police guilty of negligence and institutional racism, and in the weeks that followed the publication of the report on the inquiry (Macpherson, 1999), radio and television news, newspaper editorials, and commentaries as well as private conversations were focused on these events and their implications. Many people, including young Afro-Caribbean, Asian, and white British, attended the inquiry, and a play—The Colour of Justice—based on verbatim transcripts of the inquiry was screened on television at peak viewing time. The inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence openly placed an obligation on the Establishment to address issues of racism and discrimination in a different way from what had previously been done. This was no easy matter, and although there have since been important and essential initiatives—such as the introduction of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act into the public sector during 2000—it is perhaps too early to say whether the implications of the Macpherson Report have been recognized by the public, the government, and professionals in key public services in Britain. These implication are indeed far-reaching and therefore difficult to face. The difficulty is to be found in the notion of institutionalized racism to which the report drew attention. Lord Justice Macpherson and his team defined institutionalized racism as

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