mindfulberry said: Do you see children for therapy? If so, what do you like about it in comparison to adults? (not posting anonymous, but feel free to publish response).
I do! More than half of my caseload is with children. Therapy with children, this includes teenagers, is much slower than the process of therapy with adults. You’re lucky if you can get in any therapy in at all with kids each session. Although, play and art can be very therapeutic. If any (talk) therapy happens at all, it’s usually like 5 minutes max and the rest is playing/joining. It takes a certain amount of patience to work with children. The great thing about kids is most of the time they’re so genuinely honest and simple with their answers once you gain their trust. It’s hard not to get attached when you see how they can still be so happy after everything they’ve been through.
Thank you for letting me publish this :)
As a relatively new therapist working with children, it is so helpful to read this. I spend so much time worrying that here isn’t enough actual therapy happening. Half the time it really is just playing with them and working with the parents to implement changes at home. Half the time, it’s the parents that are the most frustrating because they aren’t willing to accept that heir own behavior needs to change!
3:42 pm • 20 July 2014 • 31 notes
photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
12:59 am • 20 July 2014 • 14,751 notes
The church, which is just steps from the Marienplatz where Munich’s rathaus glockenspiel plays, is famous for the lantern-dome tower created when the building was remodeled in Renaissance style during the 17th century. As you enter St. Peter’s church bear left, and a quarter of the way down the aisle you will find a glass coffin bearing the skeleton of Saint Munditia. Sewn into a transparent body stocking covered with gold and jewels, with glass eyes staring upwards, her remains have been here since their transfer from the Roman catacombs in 1675. She is believed to have been martyred in 310 AD, beheaded with a hatchet.
More bedazzlement awaits at Atlas Obscura
I’ve been here!
10:30 pm • 16 July 2014 • 275 notes
July 16, 1951: The Catcher in the Rye is Published
On this day in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was published. The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield, a troubled character who challenged 1950s conformity, much like Salinger himself.
Due to its somewhat rebellious tone, Salinger’s work has been linked to issues of controversy and censorship. Even so, over 60 years later, The Catcher in the Rye has sold over 65 million copies and continues to sell an additional 500,000 each year.
Learn about the novel’s path to publication with American Masters’ J. D. Salinger infographic.
Photo: A 1951 copy of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress).
1:17 pm • 16 July 2014 • 4,761 notes