Between psychopathology and inclusion: the challenging collaboration between educational psychologists and child psychiatrists

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Bjørn Frithiof Hamre, Lotte Hedegaard-Sørensen, Søren Langager

This article reports on a Danish study on interprofessional collaboration between child psychiatrists and educational psychologists concerning children who are categorised as being at risk. Methodologically, the analysis is grounded in qualitative interviews with psychologists. A Foucauldian approach is applied to narratives and experiences that occur within these interviews concerning external collaboration with child psychiatrists. The article is informed by the research tradition that has problematised the significance of psychiatry and diagnoses in the field of special needs education and social pedagogy. We thus enquire into how the rise of diagnostics and medicalisation affects our understanding of children's difficulties. We discuss a paradox that is present in Denmark and other countries. As educational policies emphasise inclusion, the field of schooling experiences a huge rise in children with medical diagnoses. We argue that diagnostic knowledge is itself an insufficient basis for action and must be considered in relation to teachers’ overall training and teachers’ situated professionalism.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Volume22
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)655-670
Number of pages16
ISSN1360-3116
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Inclusive schooling, collaboration, diagnosis, psychopathology, educational psychology, child psychiatry, didactics

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