Towards a more rounded curriculum

Writing in The Psychologist (Feb. 8th 2018), Esther Ford, a trainee Educational Psychotherapist, questions what is missing from the education system: might aspects of psychoanalytic thought be part of the answer?

She says:

“Like many, I am increasingly frustrated with our education system. Can we go on being slaves to the curriculum, in light of rising anxiety and depression in young people? There has to be another way, and in this context I find the recent interest in an emotional component to learning to be a breath of fresh air. As an Educational Psychotherapist in training, I wonder whether that could be at the forefront of change.

Educational psychotherapy is a specialised educational and therapeutic intervention using the educational task as a means of exploring complex emotional barriers to learning and development in children and young people. That focus is the key difference between the work of an Educational Psychotherapist and that of either a child psychotherapist or educational psychologist. There can be one-to-one intensive therapeutic work, but techniques and insights from Educational Psychotherapy can also be adapted and used in work discussion and supervision groups with staff, therapeutic story and art groups with students, and story work and ‘nurture groups’ to offer children a space within which they can explore emotional blocks to learning …”

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