The Educational Role of the Family: A Psychoanalytical Model

Author(s) : Donald Meltzer, Author(s) : Martha Harris, Editor : Meg Harris Williams

The Educational Role of the Family: A Psychoanalytical Model

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  • Publisher : Harris Meltzer Trust
  • Published : February 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 160
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 33304
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780491400
  • ISBN 10 : 1780491409

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This tract was commissioned from Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris in 1976 by the Organisation for Economic and Cultural Development as part of a project to develop policies and programmes that would support families in their educational task. It was included in Sincerity: Collected Papers of Donald Meltzer ed. A. Hahn (1994) but has never until now been published as an independent work in English, though it has been published in French, Spanish and Italian and has had extensive use in those countries by therapists, teachers, teacher-trainers and social workers.

It is a unique work owing to its integration of a psychoanalytical theory of learning with an ecological conception of how the various systems involved in the educational process are interconnected, and as such is still of great present-day relevance, both to clinical and educational practitioners and to policy-makers.

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‘Owing to its integration of a psychoanalytical theory of learning with an ecological conception of how the various systems involved in the educational processes are interconnected, it is still of great present day relevance, both to practitioners working in conditions of great complexity and to policy-makers.’
- Martina Campart, Psychologist, senior lecturer in social work at Malmö University, Sweden

‘It is a splendid example of how the unique view of life afforded by psychoanalysis, together with observation, intuition, and deep contact and commitment to other members of the community, can offer a way of illuminating the complexities of the interaction between individuals and society.’
- Clara Nemas, Psychoanalyst, Buenos Aires, Argentina

About the Author(s)

Donald Meltzer (1923-2004) is widely known as a psychoanalyst and teacher throughout Europe and South America. He is the author of many works on psychoanalytic theory and practice, including The Psychoanalytical Process, Sexual States of Mind, Explorations in Autism, The Kleinian Development, Dream Life, Studies in Extended Metapsychology, and The Claustrum, all published by Karnac Books.

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Martha Harris (1919-1987) read English at University College London and then Psychology at Oxford. She taught in a Froebel Teacher Training College and was trained as a Psychologist at Guys Hospital, as a Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, where she was for many years responsible for the child psychotherapy training in the department of Children and Families, and as a Psychoanalyst at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. Together with her first husband Roland Harris (a teacher) she started a pioneering schools counselling service. With her second husband Donald Meltzer she wrote a psychoanalytical model of The Child in the Family in the Community for multidisciplinary use in schools and therapeutic units.

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Meg Harris Williams, a writer and artist, studied English at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, and has had a lifelong psychoanalytic education. She has written and lectured extensively in the UK and abroad on psychoanalysis and literature, and teaches at the Tavistock Centre in London, and the University of Surrey. She is married with four children and lives in Farnham, Surrey.

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