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Reaching and Teaching Through Educational Psychotherapy: A Case Study Approach



Reaching and Teaching Through Educational Psychotherapy: A Case Study Approach

Gillian Salmon, Jenny Dover

ISBN: 978-0-470-51299-9 October 2007 148 Pages


This introduction to educational psychotherapy outlines the insights that will be of interest to teachers by discussing troubled children in the classroom who resist efforts to teach them.  Its evidence-based approach allows teaching with confidence, and a clear understanding of the role of educational psychotherapy in the classroom.

The book comprises four case studies of educational therapy work with children, chosen for their narrative interest and the variety of the children’s difficulties and backgrounds. As the stories of three boys and one girl unfold, the links between their learning difficulties and their social/emotional development become clear. Later chapters develop understanding of this way of working, with detailed accounts of how to assess suitability for educational therapy, psychoanalytic concepts underpinning the approach, and techniques and materials used in individual and classroom work.


1. Introduction.

2. Case Study of Osman, a withdrawn child who cannot make connections.

3. Initial assessment of emotional factors contributing to a child's learning difficulties.

4. Case Study of Maria, whose learning is inhibited by rejection, separation and loss.

5. Ethical considerations when working therapeutically with children.

6. Case Study of Tariq, a child persecuted by destructive phantasies.

7. Ongoing assessment and techniques used in individual and classroom work.

8. Case Study of Kevin, an insecure child among unpredictable adults.

9. Ways in which endings and beginnings affect a child's capacity to learn.

10. The network - the complex task of working with parents and professionals.

11. Conclusion.

12. Glossary of Terms Used.



"It would be of particular interest to educational and child psychologists, social, emotional and behavioural support teachers, those who work with children in specialist education settings and with the education of children in care or in fostering and adoption situations." (The British Psychological Society, 1 June 2011)