We’ve launched a Character Education list. Here’s why…

Character EducationThe increasing popularity amongst teachers and government ministers for Character Education to be taught in schools is borne out of many factors, one of which is the rising concern over the narrow way pupils are judged, with the pressure to perform well academically often overlooking their personal development.  Their concern is compounded by the rising number of young people in distress or facing ill mental health, due in large part to the pressures of modern life.  In 2017 alone, for instance, ChildLine received over 12,000 calls from young people looking for advice on an online issue, the most common of which was bullying, or “trolling”, through social media. Meanwhile an increase in hate crimes following terrorist attacks and the EU Referendum, a rise in nationalism across Europe, and the plight of those caught in the migrant crisis, mean that the need for tolerance and compassion in our society has never been greater.

Our Character Education list for primary and secondary schools therefore has two key objectives as a response to these issues.  Firstly, to teach young people positive values such as kindness, gratitude and forgiveness in order to help stand our society’s future in better stead. By nurturing such character skills, young people will grow up to become more ethical, open-minded and helpful individuals within their communities.  Secondly, it is designed to teach young people to treat themselves more compassionately through positive psychology.  By teaching methods such as mindfulness and self-regulation, young people will develop a stronger happiness and emotional resilience, and learn to recognise that even failure can have a transformative impact upon such traits as empathy and grit. Intrinsically, it is with such self-belief that they will be able to contribute more to society.

You can browse our list of Character Education books here.

How else can I interact with the list?

  1. To be notified when new books in the list come out, you can sign up to our mailing list here.  You can request notifications by email or print, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
  2. If you write for a magazine or journal and would like to review any of the books in the list, please feel free to email hello@JKP.com with the name of the book, a link to the publication you write for and your address. We’ll then get back to you.
  3. If you would like to make a bulk order of any books, you can email hello@JKP.com to discuss a discount.

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Why healthcare practitioners must learn to self-care

Sarah Parry is a senior lecturer in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her new book, ‘Effective Self-Care in Clinical Practice,’ explores how compassion can enable clinical practitioners to foster hope and resilience for themselves and their clients. We talked to Sarah about her motivations behind the book and why it’s so important for healthcare practitioners to learn how to effectively self-care. 

Effective Self-Care and Resilience in Clinical Practice is a collection of essays from different practitioners, that explore the need for compassion in therapeutic work. Where did the idea for the book originate from?

Developing a personal compassionate framework for self-care has been an on-going endeavour of mine for some years. When I started working in healthcare settings that could, at times, present multiple challenges to my own well-being, I became increasingly curious as to how to overcome these emotional hurdles. I am also a great believer in the power of stories, both in terms of helping us see through the eyes of another, as well as giving us a mirror to hold up to our own experiences, helping us develop a deeper knowledge of ourselves. My motivation for this book came from my own experiences of struggling with competing demands and a realisation that working harder and harder isn’t always the answer. I wanted to understand more about how people developed effective self-care strategies based on compassionate teachings and practices, to enhance their own well-being, resilience and ability to maintain a hopeful outlook. Consequently, I started talking to colleagues who I knew managed their self-care well, as well as people I didn’t know at all at that stage but whose writings inspired me and encouraged me to think about how well I was looking after myself.

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