April 2018 Newsletter | Education
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We hope this material on human development will be of use both to general audiences intrigued with the human condition, as well as to clinicians and scholars in psychology, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis.


This month, we explore aspects of education and learning through the lens of development.
Elicit or Impose: Toward Integration
Throughout this discussion, we are going to explore the notion that we too often see education as imposing information – rather than eliciting from the child or adult who they are and what they are interested in. This may be overstating the dichotomy… of course one must acquire certain skills and knowledge to function in reality and achieve socialization in the environment. However, the other side of the equation is often shortchanged—what are the children interested in, and what are their special assets and creative capacities?

Silvan TomkinsIn educational theory, there is a perennial polarity between a left-wing progressive theory, which stresses the wishes of the child, and a more conservative authority-oriented emphasis on moral or achievement norms to be achieved by education.”

 – Silvan S. Tomkins (Demos, 1995, p. 121)

Additional Articles of Interest

When your baby expresses the signal for interest, he is clearly engrossed. His eyebrows are slightly lifted or slightly lowered. His mouth may be a bit open. If the object that’s caught his attention is moving, he’s following it closely with his eyes. His whole body seems alert, a little tense.


Discovering your child's interestsDiscovering Our Children’s Interests

Listening to and validating what the child is interested in pays huge dividends throughout the child’s life. If the child is made aware that his/her interests are important, the child then can more clearly identify genuine likes and dislikes, leading more readily to choices of career, spouse, and so on. It is a sad occurrence, but not infrequent, to have patients at 30 or 40 or 50 years old say they do not know what they want to do or what they are interested in. They did not have the opportunity early in life to learn that what really counted was what they were interested in.

Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and AdolescentsEvidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents
Authors: John R. Weisz and Alan E. Kazdin
New York: Guilford Press, 2017

Another good resource for therapeutic options for children and parents.

Steve JobsSteve Jobs
Author: Walter Isaacson
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011

This is an excellent biography of the complicated character and life of Steve Jobs.

What Can the Matter Be?What Can The Matter Be? Therapeutic Interventions with Parents, Infants, and Young Children
Author: Louise Emanuel and Elizabeth Bradley
New York: Guilford Press, 2009

This is a fine resource book dealing with child/parent therapy.
Dr. Paul C. HolingerAbout Paul C. Holinger, MD, MPH
Dr. Holinger is Faculty, Training/Supervising Analyst (Child/Adolescent and Adult), and former Dean at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and a Founder of the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

His work includes articles and books on psychiatric epidemiology and public health (including suicide, homicide, and population trends over time), and infant and child development (including What Babies Say Before They Can Talk.).

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