Oct 21, 2017
This week we interview David Mielke. David is a
psychology graduate and teacher in a California high school who has
become increasingly concerned about the number of children that he
teaches that have a psychiatric diagnosis and how many are on
In this interview, we discuss David’s experiences as an educator
and how teachers can empower students to have more confidence in
In the episode we discuss:
- How David studied psychology and then came to be a teacher at
Culver City High School in California.
- How an experience witnessing electroshock therapy made an
indelible mark on his approach to educating.
- How David knew from interacting with his students that most
often their struggles were because of difficult circumstances such
as issues at home rather than brain diseases in need of
- How David has witnessed many of his students have internalised
their diagnostic labels.
- The relationship between a psychiatric diagnosis and learned
- The tensions that may arise between school policies and
guidance, teachers and parents when a psychiatric diagnosis is
- The power inherent in psychotherapy to connect with and support
people in difficulty.
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