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Introducing Mentalizing: Working with Parents and Infants

This training aims to introduce mentalizing as a framework for understanding parent infant relationships and how professionals can work towards enhancing parental mentalizing.

About this training

This training will provide an integrative framework for understanding the complexities of working with parents and infants in the early years and will consider how to support our own mentalizing as professionals when faced with stressful and challenging situations.  

Aims of this training

  • To develop your knowledge and understanding of mentalizing and how it relates to the parent infant relationship and infant development. 

  • To develop skills in recognising effective and ineffective mentalizing.  

  • To learn tools and skills to support parents and carers to mentalize their infants. 

  • To enhance your reflectiveness as a professional, team and service, to support mentalizing across teams and networks during stressful and risky contexts. 

Who is this training for?

This training is suitable for a range of professionals working with parents and infants under two years of age including: Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Nurses, Health Visitors, Family Support Workers, Nursery Staff and other support staff. 

It will provide an integrative framework for understanding the complexities of the work and how to sustain one’s own mentalizing particularly around infant safeguarding and multi-agency working. This training will be particularly useful for those working in perinatal services using a range of interventions and modalities when working with parents and infants.   

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