Alfred Adler Institutes of San Francisco and Northwestern Washington

Educating Children for Cooperation & Contribution

Volume II: The Work of an Adlerian Psycholoigst in the Schools

Anthony Bruck

Edited by Henry T. Stein, Ph.D. & Laurie J. Stein, M.A.

Although an abundance of Adlerian child guidance materials have helped educators, therapists, and parents, many still hunger for greater depth, and more effective ways to guide children toward cooperation and contribution.

Anthony Bruck, who was trained by Alfred Adler, embodied several central qualities of his mentor: warmth, gentleness, and creativity. His work with children was reminiscent of Adler's remarkable ability to make immediate contact and win a child with respect, simple insight, and infectious optimism. Like a kindly uncle, he guided children Socratically to make their own conclusions about new ways to cross the bridge from misbehavior to cooperation. His love of languages is reflected in his playful invention of words that dramatically emphasize many important child guidance concepts.

This volume includes two of Anthony's unpublished manuscripts, as well as one previously published article. The Work of an Adlerian Psychologist in the Schools documents the range of his educational and therapeutic strategies, including the analysis of written themes, class discussions about behavioral problems, and individual interviews with students. With a host of illustrations, he demonstrates the art of questioning children, leading them gradually to useful insight.

In "Enlightening Children", Bruck shows us how to utilize a simple, but often profound strategy of clarifying attitudinal and behavioral choices, using the graphic aide of a written "V." He offers a comprehensive case illustration, including verbatim conversations.

Originally intended as a lecture, Bruck's "Influencing the Child", presents additional suggestions for parents and teachers, including the use of graphic clarifiers, and his "Ten Commandments of Creative Education," designed to encourage positive attitudes toward the self, others, difficulties, and the other sex.

Three articles by Alfred Adler, "Training for Courage," "Children's Life Tests," and "The Lazy Child" emphasize the central importance of preparing children with the right attitude toward difficulties. In "The Challenge of Kindergarten," Theodore Grubbe provides a host of practical suggestions for helping children adjust to the school environment. Also included in this volume are condensed charts summarizing the impact of various teaching styles on students as well as strategies for dealing with the mistaken goals of students.. Finally, a summary of "Adlerian Child Guidance Principles for Teachers" offers a clear focus on the most effective educational-psychological approach for eliciting cooperation in the classroom.

Teachers, parents, and therapists will discover a treasure of creative, child guidance strategies that bring Adler's unique, original legacy to life.

For a solid foundation in Adlerian child guidance principles, we also recommend Volume I, Individual Psychology in the Schools, and The Education of Children, by Alfred Adler.

Contents of Volume I

Editor's Preface 2009

Part 1: The Work of an Adlerian Psychologist in the Schools, by Anthony Bruck
My Work in a Primary School
Personality Studies Based on Essays
Guided Class Conversation
Individual Interviews With the Children
The Influence of Class Conversations & Interviews

My Work in a Secondary School
The Personality of the Student
The Distancing Factor in the Life of a Class
- Separating Traits
- Uniting Traits
The Problem of Mathematics
The Vital Influence of Psychological Conversations
Closing Remarks

Part 2: Enlightening Children, by Anthony Bruck
The Technique of Elightening Children
Psychological Help in the Classroom
Analysis of Jimmy's Problem
The First Interview With Jimmy
The Report of Jimmy's Mother
Six Months After the First Interview
Reports of Several Witnesses

Part 3: Influencing the Child, by Anthony Bruck
The Roots of the Personality
Formative Education - Attitude Creation
The V's
The Philosophy of Parenthood
Appendix A: Adlerian Child Guidance Principles for Teachers
Appendix B: Children's Life Tests, by Alfred Adler
Appendix C: Training for Courage, by Alfred Adler
Appendix D: The Lazy Child, by Alfred Adler
Appendix E: The Challenge of Kindergarten, by Theodore Grubbe
Appendix F: Impact of Teaching Styles on Children
Appendix G: Dealing Effectively With Students' Mistaken Goals

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