Friday 15 December 2017

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Raising resilient children through positive discipline

Renowned American psychologist Professor William Nicoll (pictured) will be delivering a public lecture on ‘Raising a Resilient Child Through Positive Discipline’ on Monday, 15 July, 2013, at 6.30 p.m. at Genesis2 Institute for Marriage and Family, 1, Oratory Street, Naxxar. Dr Nicoll, a professor of counselling at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Resilience Counselling & Training Centre, has provided consulting and training programmes throughout the world.

He was formerly the national trainer in Brief Counselling for the American Counselling Association, Vice-President of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology and Director of the Adlerian Training Institute. Author of the book, Developing Resilient Youth, Dr Nicoll has also made a name for himself across the world as a consultant and trainer of counsellors, therapists and teachers. Dr Nicoll will be in Malta to run a course for professional counsellors organised by the Department of Counselling within the Faculty of Social Wellbeing, which is collaborating with Genesis2 Institute for Marriage and Family on this lecture. Registration starts at 6.15 p.m. Reservation is recommended on [email protected] or phone 9942 9907 or 7920 2477.

  • Miriam Cassar

    Dear Professor,
    I hope you’re fine.

    Please do bear in mind that part of the discipline problem lies in the fact that our Maltese children must learn in English only as this is the language of instruction. Therefore, Mathematics, the Sciences and the Humanities and the Arts are taught in English from the Primary age.

    A section of our student population at home speak in Maltese only (or in their village dialect).
    I’m sure that you’re aware that in instances where children do dot understand lessons in the classroom, they tend to rebel and this is where discipline comes into it.
    I hope you’ll accept my comment which is based on the realities of our education system. Best Regards, Miriam Cassar Informal educator.

  • Michelle Attard Tonna

    Dear Miriam, your observation is interesting, but not overly correct. In the majority of state schools, as well as in some schools in the non-state sector, most lessons are taught in Maltese, including English (the subject) itself. When teachers speak in English, they tend to codeswitch a lot in order to accommodate the non-English speakers. So although the language may create a discipline problem, I believe the root of it lies in ineffective parenting techniques and new lifestyles which do not allow sufficient time with to be spent between parents and kids. Having said that, I am no expert myself and do ample mistakes with my own kids. I have tried positive discipline, and in principle i agree with it, but it is not always feasible, and does not always work, as any other technique for that matter.

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