1 day

About this course

This course is designed to help clinicians learn to use the Parent Development Interview in their work with parents and families.

In particular, the course will help clinicians develop the skills to use the PDI in assessing:

  1. Parent’s representation of the child,
  2. Parent’s representation of the relationship, and
  3. Parent’s capacity for mentalization, particularly in moments of high intensity affect. 

Ways to use the PDI as a form of intervention will also be discussed. The course will include a review of the organization and content of the PDI, an overview of mentalization theory, a discussion of key ways of assessing representation and reflective functioning in parents, and some potential ways that the interview can be used as an intervention.  Course materials will include case vignettes, transcripts, and videotaped material.

The course will cover

  • Assessing representational qualities using the PDI
  • Clinically assessing mentalizing abilities using the PDI
  • Mentalization and arousal on the PDI
  • The interpersonal field of the PDI: PDI and Countertransference
  • The PDI as an intervention
  • Moving in and out of a reflective space in clinical interventions

Who is this course suitable for?

Psychologists, psychiatrists, child and adult psychotherapists, social workers, child protection workers, and other professionals working in parent-child assessment and intervention settings.

This course is aimed at clinicians. It is designed to complement, rather than replace, the more detailed training in coding the PDI for RF (Reflective Functioning Training on the Parent Development Interview) which is more appropriate for individuals who are using the PDI for research and in settings which require a more rigorous approach to RF assessment.

Previous training in RF coding is helpful, but not essential.

Aims of the course?

Participants will learn to:

  • Assess the quality of parental representations of the child on the PDI
  • Assess parents’ potential for reflective functioning on the PDI
  • Use these assessments in concert with other behavioural and clinical observations in clinical and court settings
  • Use the PDI as a form of intervention