[Substitute Coach/Athlete for Student/Teacher]

Student/Teacher Friction

David entered the discussion, “We have a children’s residential psychiatric facility. One day one of the teachers came to me and said “Do something with this boy…he can’t come back to class until he settles down!” The teacher and boy were obviously furious with one another and the air was electric with the mood.
“Jason” quickly related that the teacher had been “an ##**!!” and he hated him. But didn’t want to miss school and get behind on his work. I mentioned that I had been learning a very simple but rather strange technique where you tap on acupuncture meridians to help calm yourself down. The boy agreed he would like to try it.
We tapped on “I hate the ##**!!!” for one round. He stood up and cracked every joint in his body and said he was feeling much better. He still had rating of 3. So we tapped one more round on “still some upset with the teacher”. On the completion of that round he announced he felt perfectly calm and was ready to go back and debrief with the teacher.
We did and he managed to be polite, assertive and calm throughout the discussion – even though the teacher was still rather charged in his negativity (I offered later to tap on him but he was not willing). Jason returned to school and managed the next 4 hours without incident.
During the tapping and related discussion Jason admitted that the teacher reminded him of his very controlling father. Since I was not his main worker I did not get into that layer of the problem but suggested he could work on it later using the same technique.