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October 19th 2010

Dr. Digby Tantam’s lecture on Asperger Syndrome at Meisei University, Tokyo. Tokyo Counseling Services organized the lecture in collaboration with Meisei University Health Service Center. It was held at Meisei University Academy Hall. Many mental heath professionals and general publics graced the occasion with their presence.

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Dr. Digby Tantam



Dr. Digby Tantam is Clinical Professor of Psychotherapy in the University of Sheffield, and an Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist with Community Health Sheffield. He has a long-standing clinical interest in autism, particularly Asperger syndrome, and has published on this disorder, on empathy and aggression in this disorder and on various aspects of psychotherapy. His most recent book was published under the title of, ““Can the World Afford Autistic Spectrum Disorder?: Nonverbal Communication, Asperger Syndrome and the Interbrain”

The lecture at Meisei consisted of two parts; “The Interbrain and Asperger Syndrome”, and "Supporting Adolescents and Adults with Asperger Syndrome". He explained how much people with Asperger Syndrome encounter the bully and exclusion for their lack of an access to ordinary communication so called ‘interbrain’. He spoke of the importance of counseling for those suffering from Asperger Syndrome helping them to learn better coping social skills to fit in and above all to realize that they can be accepted by others. Each lecture was followed by questions and answers with the audience.


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Prof Digbys lecture about Aspergers at Meisei University:



On the 19th of October 2010 Tokyo Counseling Services invited Prof. Digby from Sheffield University, UK to hold a lecture on Asperger Syndrome in Japan. The event was held in coorperation with Meisei University for staffs of both institutions at the University Academy Hall.

Dr.Digby´s presentation included a first section about "The Interbrain' and Asperger Syndrome" in which he explained his view of patients suffering from Aspergers not being connected to the so called "common sense" of communication (or in short "the interbrain"). As a result to that many clients encounter the dilema of being bullied or excluded from society.

A survey at Sheffield university focusing on this topic showed the current situation in the UK. In this investigation 90 percent of the participants said they had been bullied in some ways throughout their lives.

In the second part of the presentation "Supporting Adolescents and Adults with Asperger Syndrome" Dr.Digby focused more on the practical side of helping people with Asperger Syndrome. As a main target for Psychotherapy he described the idea of teaching clients coping skills to deal with the current demands that living in a modern society can bring. Also referring to his "interbrain theory" this would mean teaching clients certain tools to fit into society without having to change ones personal nature too much. After a vivid exchange of questions and answers with the audience the event was round off with a big buffet (Japanese and western) which gave one more time the opportunity to talk with the Professor about certain questions in more detail. The smooth coorperation between Tokyo Counseling Services and Meisei University secured a productive and positive encounter of all participants involved and attending the event.

A very productive exchange of ideas that was enabled through this event lets us look forward to upcoming events like this one in the future.


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Reflections from some participants present at Dr Tantam’s lectures.


 

The following are a few comments from people who attended the lecture;

 

“I am seeing a 17 year old girl with Asperger Syndrome at a Child Guidance Center and was wondering if me meeting with her once a week for an hour has any meaning for her. After this lecture, I realized that listening to her and giving social skill advice could be a great help for her…. I was impressed by his saying ‘we cannot treat Asperger syndrome and Autism, but we can help those who are deeply hurt by being isolated from school and society through therapy and counseling.’” - Yuki Kusuhara-

 

”The lecture has deepened my knowledge on the subject. Tantam Sensei said, ‘Having Asperger Syndrome is like you being in a foreign country.’ This interesting expression has stayed in my mind” - Genta Yamaguchi-

 

“Though we look like we are separate individuals, every culture has some kind of tacit knowledge and understanding. People with Asperger Syndrome somehow failed or escaped to be connected to this network…. These people are unique and some have achieved great success... I agree with Dr. Tantam that these people might be our future.” -Saori Yamabe-


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