On Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st of March, Heather Moran held a workshop in Belgrade in SCA. We are happy to say that we advanced our knowledge about working with children and got acquainted with a few innovative techniques that will be very helpful in further work. We would like to thank Heather again for successful and helpful workshop.
Heather Moran is a psychologist and a PCP therapist with an extensive experience in working with children. For nearly 40 years, she’s been working with children and their families and teachers. She started her professional life as a residential social worker and then as a teacher in a residential special school for children with significant social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. In 1989 she became educational psychologist in Leicester and then in Coventry. Since 1997 she’s been a clinical psychologist in a specialist mental health service.
Here are some parts of Heather’s work:
“Kelly suggested that the best way to find out what problem someone thinks he has is for the therapist to ask that person, since he is the expert on himself. The challenge is to ask the person in such a way that he is able to give a truly personal opinion, rather than a response that is within some expected boundary. It is obviously difficult to do this with children because the systems of society do not encourage too much personal opinion from children. It is not socially acceptable for a child to say that his teacher is boring or that he thinks his mum is a bully. Within a PCP approach, these kinds of comments are accepted as the child’s construction, rather than as a truth or falsehood. The therapist’s construction might be different but is not necessarily more true. A key feature of the PCP approach is a ‘checking out’ with the child of what you think the child is saying. Therefore the tone of the discussion is curious and exploratory and the therapist needs to make a conscious effort in learning their client’s language.
Moran, H. (2006) A very personal assessment: Using a Personal Construct Psychology assessment technique (Drawing the Ideal Self) with young people with ASD to explore the child’s view of the self. Good Autism Practice, 7(2)