Dr. Tippy talks about Separation, Individuation and Rapproachment

27 Nov

Here is about three minutes of video from a recent case conference I ran at the Rebecca School. The staff of the school working with a particular child stands up in front of the rest of the school, and the child’s parents, and presents the program they have created for the child, and defends why they have created that particular program. Then, the rest of the staff offers suggestions and asks questions of the staff working with the kids, and I also ask questions and comment on the program. This case conference is really based on a Clinical Grand Rounds model, and you really have to have thick skin, and be very confident of your program to present in front of 120 highly trained and talented DIR/Floortime practitioners.

This piece is a little snippet where I stood up and pointed out a little, but critical difference between what the classroom teacher had said, and how she was acting. I should point out, that this teacher is entirely brilliant, as is her entire team, and my comments were intended as a teaching moment where I can emphasize the difference between behavioral interventions and relationship based, developmental therapies.

At the Rebecca School we don’t focus on controlling contingencies, providing prompts and making choices easier for children. We are focused on helping kids to rise developmentally. We are a thinking based curriculum, and I wanted to make it clear that it is always easy to prompt someone, but we have the more difficult developmental goal always at the heart of our work.

2 Responses to “Dr. Tippy talks about Separation, Individuation and Rapproachment”

  1. steve delchamps November 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    You are amazing, Gil! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Meg.

    • Gil Tippy November 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you, Steve. Coming from an engineering/physics, professional poet, full-time Shakespearian actor such as you, that is high praise. Did I leave out astronomer?!

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