Carolyn taught special education for 36 years, beginning her career in a private clinical school that mostly took emotionally disturbed kids from public schools who were on the verge of being hospitalized, or alternatively were returning from hospitalization. She worked with adolescents, mostly white upper middle class boys.
When she moved to public school, she missed the psychotherapeutic supervision she had received in the private school, and she noticed how often regular and SpEd teachers suffered from the emotions of anger, guilt or denial that their students produced in them. She wrote a book aimed at helping those teaches understand that the emotions their students aroused in them were normal and reasonable responses to the excesses of their students. The book is an effort to help teachers forgive themselves and understand the process.
Carolyn Crawford Davis PO Box 238 Lee Vining, CA 93541
Presentation Titles: Reynard’s Mirror: Reflections on Teaching Oppositional Adolescents; Letters to a British Psychoanalyst
Transference & Countertransference The compulsion to repeat or recycle behaviors and regression to dependence Booby traps place in teachers’ paths & her recognition of and interaction with them
Some students are able to produce outrageous emotions in their teachers. Most likely, there will be no supportive supervision for that teacher. She is on her own. Reynard’s Mirror is a memoir of a SpEd teacher’s reasonable emotional responses to her difficult students and how she learned to cope with them.