ERIC Number: ED253038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Utilizing a Mental Health/Education Outreach Training Model to Prevent Special Education Teacher Career Attrition.
Hill, John W.; Parker, Tommie
The mental health/education outreach training model to prevent special education teacher career attrition is based on the assumption that if one member of a relational system has a problem, then the entire system has a problem. High special education teacher attrition rates are contrasted with lower estimates for the teaching profession as a whole. The unrecognized special education teacher relational issues which are similar to the dysfunctions found in family interactions can also be viewed as concepts fundamental to change. These include: (1) fusion; (2) triangulation; (3) problem ownership; (4) defensive response style; and (5) the maintenance of expectations for parents and children at some level other than zero. The outreach training model content and specific strategies discussed in this paper focus on a choice "intervention" based on the premise that a perception of "no choice" in changing self-perceptions and behaviors on the part of teachers interacting with children and parents breeds poor mental health. The model focuses on preventing the intimidation and resentment that are precursors of this poor mental health resulting in the well publicized special education teacher career attrition. There needs to be a therapeutic line of support for teachers to help them learn to approach children and parents with systematic healthy objectivity during the inevitable problem times and rough spots which occur while teaching. Enhancing educational training through an outreach model is one way to ensure such support. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Outreach Training Symposium Pre Conference (1st, Dallas, TX, May 27-31, 1983) preceding the Annual Conference of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (107th, Dallas, TX, May 29-June 2, 1983).