Parental Reflective Functioning and Clinical Practice: A New Approach to Working with Children and Their Parents

Friday, May 9, 2008
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
University Center Room 201

Participants will learn about a new approach to intervention with parents based on a theoretical model of cognitive and emotional development, which emphasizes the centrality of a concept known as reflective functioning or parental mentalization. This essential processing mechanism enables parents to understand that mental activity such as thoughts, feelings, needs, intentions, and desires (within both their children and themselves), which are not directly observable, yet underlie all human behavior. The ability to understand and respond to children’s behavior in terms of the mental states that motivate it is essential for strong parent-child bonds (i.e., secure attachment).

The training will provide participants with a new way to work with the central issues in parent-child relationships and a method that can be utilized to help parents think about their children in a more reflective way.

John F. Grienenberger, Ph.D., received his degree in clinical psychology from the City University of New York. He is the co-director and founder of the Reflective Parenting Program at the Wright Institute, Los Angeles, Vista Del Mar, and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. He has authored numerous papers, presentations, and training programs in the areas of attachment research, reflective functioning, parenting, and child psychotherapy research. He also has a private practice in West Los Angeles where he works with infants, children, and adults.

Who Should Attend
Early childhood educators, child care providers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, speech pathologists, obstetricians, family therapists, school counselors, child life specialists, educators and students, and others who professionally impact the lives of families and children.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education
This program will offer 6 units of Continuing Education Credits or the equivalent. Click here for more information.

Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512
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