This small book is the capstone publication by William C. Morse, a noted pioneer who literally helped to design the professional field of education and treatment of children with socio-emotional problems. Here he shares his unique perspectives on decades of research and practice. The reader will tap the wit and wisdom of a person who has been at the forefront in developing new models of respectful, relational strategies for reaching our most vulnerable children and youth. Morse was a career-long colleague of Fritz Redl as they developed the life space model of intervention at the University of Michigan Fresh Air Camp, a therapeutic program for aggressive youngsters which for four decades provided hands-on training to future professionals. This classic gem of a book includes historic photographs and an Epilogue on the history of the reclaiming movement.
Starr Commonwealth (2008). 86 pages.
“A guide to effective practice with children who stand farthest from the dream.”
—Thomas McIntyre, Professor of Special Education, Hunter College, CUNY
“This book strikes a fine balance between theory and practical applications. Best of all, these pages reflect so well Bill Morse’s legacy of warmth and caring.”
—Ralph D. Rabinovitch, MD, Child Psychiatrist and Founder, Hawthorn Center
“With one foot in caring and the other in reality, Bill Morse showed how to really understand children, families, and professionals by living in their life space and sharing their struggles.”
—Howard S. Muscott, EdD, President, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Foundation
“Here is living testimony to Dr. Morse’s wisdom, intellect, humanity, and humor. His career is a Who’s Who of leaders who crossed the world stage of education, psychology, and social work.”
—Adrienne Brant James, President, Turtle Island Learning Circle