Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)
Wed, 15 Nov 2000 08:55:09 EST

Dear Eduardo,

Thank you for your response.

Carl Rogers (Rogerian therapy), wrote "On Becoming a Person" and created
client-centered or non-directive therapy. The therapist does not analyze,
interogate, or try to figure out the client. The therapist offers a deep and
profound respect and regard. Also, the therapist offers an abiding trust that
the client is the most capable person to arrange their affairs and conduct
their lives. Virginia Axline, wote "Play Therapy", and extended these ideas
to offer non-directive play therapy. These notions were further extended when
Eugene Gendlin created something called "focusing". Focusing was then further
developed by Ann Cornell.

All of these constructions offer a singular thing, namely, a deep and
profound respect and regard. When the client (child) realizes that a
competing agenda is not going to arrive, what does arrive is the client
(child) themselves, often with a heartfelt explosive expression of self.
Like, "hey, here I am". This is what it means for the child to be present in
his or her life. These ideas are not just similar to Sudbury Valley they are
exactly alike. Each offers a deep and profound regard and respect for the
child and a deep trust that the child is the most capable to conduct their
own affairs. Moreover, each declines to offer anything further. These are
exactly the notions in Hanna Greenburg's "The Art of Doing Nothing". How can
someone be with somone and be non-invasive and still be additive? Both
Sudbury Valley and Carl Rogers have come up with the same thing, namely,
offer nothing save a deep and profound respect and a trust that people are

Please, if these ideas are not useful, just forget them.

Bill Richardson

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