Mediated learning experience (MLE) is the dynamic interactive relationship that facilitates meaningful cognitive development. MLE requires an active interaction between the individual, the mediator, and the objects and events in the environment. Working with children operates both implicitly and explicitly to interpret and elaborate the child’s direct experience with the world. In situations where developmental or environmental difficulties occur, it becomes necessary to overcome deficiencies and foster enhanced functioning. This presentation will identify the integration of process elements of therapeutic interaction that has MLE components as a foundational platform for promoting behavioural and cognitive change. A model for social cognition will be described. The second part will focus on applying the model presented in the first part, analysing vignettes of interactions, and mapping them according to the model.
About the speaker:
Professor Louis Falik is professor emeritus of counselling at San Francisco State University (USA) and a senior scholar focusing on training, research, and professional development at the international Feuerstein Institute (formerly the International Center for the Enhancement of Modifiability-ICELP) in Jerusalem. He has worked with Professor Feuerstein and the staff of the ICELP on programs related to the theory and practice of structural cognitive modifiability and mediated learning experience in Israel and various parts of the world, including the US, Australia, South Africa, and India. He has authored and co-authored books and other scholarly publications on the development and application of the Feuerstein methods. In addition, he has trained teachers, parents, psychologists, and other childcare professionals and helped develop and monitor programs in school districts, hospitals, social and community agencies. He has been a psychologist in private practice, focusing on child development, learning disability, and family counselling, acting as a consultant and university professor for over 40 years.