reparative frame to produce understanding in the service of others. The reflexive focus is also able to be a self-development tool, which may serve to offset the element of unfreedom that can drive an excess of over-responsibility, hidden fragility and hypervigilance without denying the usefulness of already-learnt capacities for resilience.
Parental children, relational ethics and psychosocialpedagogy
There are indeed gains as well as losses to being parental children. Gregory Jurkovic ( 2014 : xiii) summarises the gains with reference to other literature:
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just damage-limitation exercises.
Similar levels of interest in toxicity, and disinterest in happiness or
even in normal enjoyment and satisfactions, are evident in the literature
under other psychosocialpedagogy rubrics such as ‘school psychology’
(Clauss-Ehlers, 2009; Gilman et al, 2009; Peacock et al, 2009), ‘school
climate’ (Peterson and Deal, 2009), ‘school social work’ (Kelly et al,
2010), ‘behaviour education’ (Hulac et al, 2010), and ‘school-based
mental health’ (Christner and Mennuti, 2008; Macklem, 2011). Small
wonder that a
mentoring relations, which is the focus of the first article in this special issue. In that article, Lita Crociani-Windland (2022) opens the conversation by exploring ideas regarding psychosocialpedagogy as a relational practice, predicated on ethics of care.
Our fifth contributor, Erica Galioto (2022) , was inspired to take up our theme in her own paper presentation for the next APCS conference in 2020 as a response to what we had presented, resulting in her inclusion here. Overall, the work presented has a psychosocial transdisciplinary perspective. In addition
working through these configurations with a combination or sequence of autotheory, introspection, psychoanalytic insight, lived experience of the mentoring relationship and an encounter with the aesthetic. We are shown in these articles how painful histories can become a source of generativity about the practice of a psychosocialpedagogy, a practice that combines insights from the alma mater , literally the nourishing mother, and that of her twin, the one who dispenses the precious bane of ‘bitter milk’.
Repair and generativity
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