The blog focuses on parsing mistaken beliefs that can influence people's decisions about childrearing-- for example, beliefs about day care, about punishment, about child psychotherapies, and about adoption. Jirina Prekop gets in Czech Republic general support from official spots Jirina Prekop's wish is "to expand ideas of HT around the world". Thank you for this contribution. Unfortunately, Prekopova seems to be succeeding in her efforts.
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The blog focuses on parsing mistaken beliefs that can influence people's decisions about childrearing-- for example, beliefs about day care, about punishment, about child psychotherapies, and about adoption. Jirina Prekop gets in Czech Republic general support from official spots Jirina Prekop's wish is "to expand ideas of HT around the world".
Thank you for this contribution. Unfortunately, Prekopova seems to be succeeding in her efforts. I think that an international conference on HT would contribute greatly to stopping the spread of these practices. It is clear that HT is used in a number of countries. However, the treatment has often taken root "under the radar" of the organisations that are responsible for its governance. The situation in the Czech Republic is particularly worrying because Jirina Prekop appears to have the support of key establishment figures.
One way of dealing with these unscientific and abusive treatments is to expose them to rational and evidence-based arguments. Doing this in the context of an international conference would be even more effective.
I wonder whether Edzard Ernst would help by sponsoring a conference. Britain seems like the logical place for it to be, as somewhat central geographically. Dear Dr. Jean Mercer, thank you very much for your work. I am from Russia. And I am very anxious that these ideas are now spread by some people in my country as well. In Nancy Thomas arrived in Ekaterinburg with her lectures. And now one prominent oranization involved in adoption has trabslated her book "When the love is not enough" and is providing it in Internet without charge, i.
I wrote some articles on this topic in my blog, but of course this is is not enough to stop this "virus". I would be very greatful if you consider this aspect as well. Dear Yulia-- thank you for getting in touch. I was recently reading your blog,which was recommended to me by "Anya Chaika". Google translate would not translate the whole post, but what I read was very disturbing indeed.
In my opinion, the methods recommended by Nancy Thomas are more dangerous than holding therapy itself. There are plans underway for a meeting in London on 20 April of an international group concerned with abuses in child psychotherapy.
There will be Czech, British, and U. Would you be interested in this meeting-- either in attending or in preparing material for someone else to present? Best regards, Jean. Thank you very much for your invitation. I shall do my best to take part in this conference by some kind. I am not sure now wether I would be able to arrive to London, but I can send the materials, by any way.
Of course, I'll do my best to participate in such important conference, may be not by myself but preparing material for something else to present. I will keep a place open on the agenda for your report and will present it myself if you like.
See today's post too Some readers of this blog will be aware of my years-long concern about Holding Therapy also called Attachment Therapy, Z-therapy, soul therapy, rage-reduction therapy, etc. By this I mean that it is based on implausible assumptions, at odds with conventional understanding of personality and early development, and is also without a systematic evidence basis with a foundation of randomized controlled trials or well-designed nonrandomized trials. Child injuries and deaths have been associated with HT.
They may think of highly-directed cognitive therapies or of psychodynamic approaches that seek basic motivations and may explore memories of early life, but they have in mind an intervention that relies on discussion between the therapist and the client. Even when people consider treatment of young children, they expect psychotherapies to focus on communication, perhaps through play methods rather than through speech.
HT, however, is a talk therapy only in the most minimal sense. I want to kill her! The originator of this treatment, one Robert M. Zaslow, a California psychologist whose professional license was revoked after he injured an adult patient, suggested that clients sign a waiver noting that bruising was to be expected from the treatment. Discussions of HT have often attributed the practice to a sort of American backwoods mentality, associated with religious fundamentalism and an approval of the use of force to achieve desired ends.
A recent e-mail from the Czech Republic alerted me to the fact that the HT practitioner Jirina Prekopova , who had practiced for many years in Germany, has returned to her homeland and is advocating and practicing HT.
Here are two videos of the proceedings:. If you want to see them, try searching Jirina Prekopova youtube, because there were a number that could be seen yesterday. The language is Czech, but you will get the picture all too well without understanding the words.
One of my correspondents has said that Prekopova uses these methods with children who have tantrums, including, according to her, an infant under a year of age. The correspondent has complained to the Association of Czech and Moravian Psychologists but has received no answer. Prekopova lectures widely, and groups using her methods have been formed in several European countries and in Latin America.
How Prekopova developed her HT methods, and how she received encouragement, is an interesting story with several clear morals. Children resisted this strongly and fought to get away, while the mother shouted and cried in expression of her own negative feelings.
Eventually, both were expected to calm down and to express tender affection for each other. Welch originally presented this as a treatment for autism. Linus Pauling and vitamin C. Jirina Prekopova met with Tinbergen and Welch and adopted the Welch method. Apparently also present at this meeting was Bert Hellinger, a German therapist. Hellinger has a method he calls systemic family therapy. For example, a boy may be homosexual because of the desires of a deceased sister.
Similarly, when incestuous relationships occur, perhaps between father and daughter, both partners are responsible, and the daughter must forgive and respect her father.
So, there we are. As a result of various personal contacts, and a lack of guidance from professional and licensing organizations in Europe and elsewhere, HT has spread and continues to do so. Is it not time for an international conference to discuss what can be done about this? Anonymous October 16, at AM. Jean Mercer October 16, at AM. Anya Chaika October 16, at PM. Jean Mercer October 16, at PM. Anonymous January 8, at PM. Jean Mercer January 8, at PM.
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The blog focuses on parsing mistaken beliefs that can influence people's decisions about childrearing-- for example, beliefs about day care, about punishment, about child psychotherapies, and about adoption. It can be distressing for parents aswell as the child. I would not like to think that any parent that loved their child would want to go on repeatly hurting them. Not sure about parents being traumatized but can be left feeling responsible for the harm it can do with PTSD and anxiety. As they are told to ignore the childs distress and reactions which are put down to anger, the child may not perceive this the same way as the parent, leaving them silently shocked with post-trauma. I found the site since I am a victim of that therapy as a child trying to understand more about different issues I experience still today at the age of