Using a mentalizing approach with parents: Reflective Parenting
2nd November 2020
- Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
- 1.5 hours
About this course
With one in eight children having mental health problems, and over half of these being problems with behaviour, the demand for intervention far outweighs the capacity of mental health services to address these difficulties. Parents are the key agents of change in helping their children and need the tools to help children learn to regulate their emotions, leading to changes in behaviour and a closer connection with their primary attachment figure. Reflective Parenting is a model of parental mentalizing which attends to both the parents state of mind and helps parents to understand the meaning of their child’s behaviour.
Who is this course suitable for?
Any practitioners working with parents in either mental health, primary care, early years services or adult mental health services where the focus is on helping the parent to develop a more secure and stable relationship with the child. Applies to parents with babies and children of all ages.
Aims of course
- To help professionals, parents and anyone interested in parenting practise, to understand the importance of emotion regulation in relation to understanding and managing children’s behaviour;
- To learn about a mentalizing approach to parenting and the tools of this stance;
- To gain knowledge of the interventions (both group and individual) that can be used with parents wishing to gain a better connection with their child through understanding the meaning of their behaviour, and their (parental) response to it.