ERIC Number: ED171033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Overview of the Life Space Interview Technique.
Gardner, Peter J.
The life space interview, in which a teacher (or other important member of the child's world) interacts with a student in terms of the student's direct life experience in order to set boundaries and appropriate actions, is an effective technique for structured interaction with adolescents with severe behavior disorders. In order to facilitate the life space interview there are two categories of objectives - the clinical exploitation of life events and emotional first aid. The following are five specific objectives of clinical exploitation: reality rub in, which helps the student verbalize the acutal flow of events; symptom estrangement, which provides evidence of past achievement; massaging value areas, which encourages those value areas that are still intact; new tool salesmanship, which uses past positive life experience to promote alternative reactions to given situations; and self acceptance, which recognizes appropriate actions. Among the specific objectives of emotional first aid are assistance while a student drains off frustration; support for the management of fury, panic, and/or guilt; and maintenance of communication during difficult periods. Timing and relevancy are also important considerations. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Space Interview
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session W-67)