The change into family life can come with challenges for both Mum and Dad. As a new dad, supporting both your partner and your baby, whilst managing all your responsibilities can be stressful and overwhelming sometimes. Did you know that 1 in 10 new dads struggle with their mental health during this period?

In an initiative to develop a ‘Think Fathers’ culture within a diverse, urban area in south west London, we have developed this new early intervention and preventative service for fathers experiencing mental health difficulties in the perinatal period. It includes Video Feedback for Positive Parenting (VIPP) and Reflective Parenting Groups.

Introduction

Introduction

This is an early therapeutic group intervention for adopting parents of children aged 1-3 who are in need of additional resources. Many of these parents are

meeting their children for the first time (due to the young ages of the population). As children settle into their homes their behaviours can be erratic and challengingin different ways, ranging from being extremely dysregulated to inhibited or delayed. These highly stressful factors in addition to the challenges of parenting a toddler marks these families as appropriate for a group intervention. 

How it works

How it works

Groups are led by at least one trained parent-toddler psychoanalytic psychotherapist and another trained assistant psychologist​. There is a maximum of 8 families (16 parents and 8 toddlers) per group. Each weekly group session lasts 90 minutes during 6 months.

Who it is for

Who it is for

This service will exclusively include families referred through the Adopt London South RAA in London Southwark Local Authority. It includes single parents, coparents and toddlers from 1 to 3 years who have experienced maltreatment.

Evaluation

Evaluation

 

Using both qualitative and quantitative data, the evaluation aims to look at the overall experience of the users and measure the project’s effect on parent-toddler relationships, parental mental health, and child development.

Quantitative evaluation in the form of routine outcome measures assesses:

  • Signs of improvement in parent-toddler relationship quality
  • reduction in parental distress
  • Parents’ perception of their social support
  • Parental confidence in parenting
  • Improved couple relationship quality
  • Changes in toddlers’ development

Qualitative evaluation (carried out in the form of focus groups with parents) explores:

Parents’ decision of joining the group

Parent’s experience of the group

Parents’ knowledge on the Adoption Support Fund

  • Key outcomes for upscaling the service include:
  • Develop training in collaboration with regional adoption agencies and deliver this across England, Scotland and Wales.
Meet the team

Meet the team

Dr Sarah Peter (Senior Therapist and Trainer – Early Years Programme) and Dr Eva Crasnow (Senior Therapist and Trainer – Early Years Programme)

 

Contact us

Contact us

To find out more about Adopt London South Parent Toddler Group, or how to make a referral, get in touch at EarlyYears@annafreud.org

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We’d also like to set optional analytics to help us improve it. We won’t set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page


Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.


Analytics cookies

We’d like to set non-essential cookies, such as Google Analytics, to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our Cookies page. If you are 16 or under, please ask a parent or carer for consent before accepting.