Thursday, 17 May 2018

promoting Zen Buddhism mindfulness to Fife schoolchildren using Kitbag

Email sent yesterday to Julie Paterson, Divisional General Manager, Fife-wide, Health & Social Care Partnership, copied in to Michael Kellet, Director of Fife Health & Social Care Partnership:

"Dear Julie

I am writing to express my concerns about Dr Wendy Simpson using her position as leader of the Early Intervention working group at Fife Health & Wellbeing Partnership and as Director of Playfield Institute to promote and propagate Zen Buddhism mindfulness religious philosophy to Fife schoolchildren, using Kitbag merchandise from IFF business, headed up by Dr Margaret Hannah's husband Graham Leicester:

I contend that this religious dogma is counterproductive to the wellbeing of children and young people, based on my nearly 30 years of working as a community educator, children's and youth worker, since 1980 in Lanarkshire, then from 1990 in Fife and Perth areas, latterly employed FT in Adam Smith/Fife College 2006/8 running a student mentoring project, finding work placements for students with disabilities and other barriers to employment, also lecturing in care subjects, achieving another postgrad, TQFE from Stirling University, June 2008.

There are many different therapies which could be of benefit in the field of Early Intervention, including music, arts, crafts, green space, and psychological therapies like CBT which have an evidence base.  In addition there are psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapies which are helpful in psychosis treatment eg the work of Francoise Davoine in History Beyond Trauma:

I met with French psychoanalysts Davoine and Gaudilliere in February 2011 at Goldsmiths College and have been studying their work since then.  [Gaudilliere has since passed on]  They spent a lifetime working with "mad" people in Paris, in a public psychiatric hospital, as consultants, and in private practice. They were professors at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and both held advanced degrees in classics (French, Latin, and Greek literature) and doctorates in sociology.

My oldest son Edwin (Ed) is now a Music Therapist, having changed career from working as a CAD manager with an international oil company, is self employed, also teaching piano, composing and playing music.

Edwin experienced psychosis and psychiatric treatment, was a patient in Lomond Ward, Stratheden, 1995/6, then made a full recovery with my peer support and care, achieving a first class honours in mechanical engineering from Abertay University, 1998, the same year I graduated with a PG Dip Community Education from Northern College, see graduation photos attached.

Copying in Michael Kellet.

Yours sincerely, Chrys"

1998 graduation photo taken in Cupar with oldest son Edwin

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