An Integrative Psychotherapy approach to Education: Relational Needs in the Classroom

Thomas A. McElfresh


Educators help meet the relational needs of students in ways that promote students' growth and development. Powerful opportunities exist to increase effectiveness in the classroom by recognizing and responding to the relational needs of students. In this article, eight relational needs are described which, when satisfied, enhance human functioning. Best practice in education focuses, in part, on the dynamics of the student/teacher relationship.


integrative psychotherapy, relational needs, education, student needs, relational pedagogy

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