8th International EFeCT Congress
May 18th-19th, 2016
LSCI – UNDERSTANDING the UNSPOKEN, SEEING THROUGH the MASK
Building a positive and responsible life space for children
Teachers and other caring professionals from educational remedial settings have the responsibility to attain two extremely important objectives for their students: the task of developing competencies (the transfer of knowledge, skills and attitudes) and the task of nurturing the development of student personality. These objectives require an ordered, safe and positive learning environment. In actual context of integrated education, the challenge is to efficiently approach the educational and disciplinary problems of the students and to reduce the occurence of violence in schools. Disciplinary problems challenge schools and teachers to broaden their set of strategies for behavioral management and conflict resolution and to design programs for student emotional and social skills development.
These objectives require an ordered, safe and positive learning environment.
One main environment-disturbing variable is crisis and interpersonal conflicts. The lack of sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skill, the prejudices and the preference for quick but short-term disciplinary measures often result in the scapegoating of students with emotional disturbance.
Present disciplinary policies tend to focus mainly on reactive measures (sanctions, punishments, retribution), which generates quick resolution/termination of the conflict, but unsustainable behavioral and attitudinal changes in students. In most cases, implementing reactive and punishment-based measures proved to be effective only in the reduction in frequency and severity of antisocial behaviors, adding secondary negative feelings in students (resentment, revenge, and retreat) and damaging relations. Reactive strategies failed in solving the underlying real causes of undesirable behaviors. Empirical data suggest that pro-active (positive and preventive) measures are far more efficient in solving discipline problems, and, more important, in teaching life-lasting pro-social abilities and conflict management and problem-solving skills. Positive psychology and positive education offer a valuable frame and principles that enable the educational organizations and specialized staff members with the necessary tools to attain these valuable goals.
It is crucial for helping professionals to renounce judgmental thinking and prejudgment, to listen before talking, to empathize with and understand inner turmoil and individual perspectives before criticizing a child.
From all of these premises, rises the need to establish more proactive and coherent, articulated, and scientifically and empirically-based disciplinary policy, agreed and assumed at various levels of implementation.
We would like to invite you to participate in the 8th International EFeCT Congress LSCI – UNDERSTANDING the UNSPOKEN, SEEING THROUGH the MASK. Building a positive and responsible life space for children, organized the 18-19th of May, 2016, in Timisoara, Romania.
The congress focuses on LSCI Method as an empirically and scientifically-based technique designed to develop efficient knowledge and skills to manage conflict, to build relevant relationships, to diagnose and to treat children’s self-defeating behavioral patterns. Life Space Crisis Intervention is an established method to work with challenging children and youth in educational and remedial settings. It is a method based on implementation in the ecological setting (in life space) and offers a valid model of intervention as well the tools for assessing and solving specific behavioral and emotional problems.
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