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nudity in the classroom
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]joym
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 08:41:24 -0500
Still catching up on past issues, but I wanted to respond to the comment
about abused children or children in counseling & why teachers may not
receive this information. The laws of the state you are in, federal
regulations, and the policy of your school may all come in to play here.
Counselors are bound by rules of confidentiality which are not there to
keep you in the dark, but are there to create a safe environment in which
the child can reveal their experiences. Particularly if the question of
abuse is being explored (like in the course of a Human Services
investigation which has arisen from an abuse report), the fewer people
approaching, questioning or potentially influencing the child the better.
While this is not optimal for the teacher, it is necessary for the child.
As teachers, you are in a unique position of having access to child art
which may contain abuse indicators. While you may not choose to pursue a
formal course of study in Art Therapy, many of you will know instinctively
when you are seeing something that is out of the norm: absence of body
parts, detached body parts, over emphasis. This information can be
discussed with the school counselor or school psychologist. You may well be
the first to notice anything. I have been involved in abuse investigations
where the parents were not told what was coming forward in counseling,
because the parents were suspected of being the perpetrators & may have
retaliated against the child.
Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Clinical Counselor