This course examines the role of mental health professionals in working with parents of children and adolescents. This six-session program will cover a range of issues faced by clinicians in their work with parents.
Mondays: April 17, 24, May 1,8, 15 and 22
8:00-9:30 pm 9 CEUs
April 17, 24, 2017 Instructor: Joan Musitano L.C.S.W., M.S.E.
Working with parents of infants and toddlers
Class One will examine the role of the professional when consulting with parents of infants. The focus will be on becoming a ‘secure base’ for the parents to discover and explore their feelings about their child and about being a parent to their specific child.
Class Two will address the range of parental reactions to their toddler’s emerging autonomy and aggression. This class will include vignettes and some practical suggestions for helping parents when they are feeling anxiety, shame, or anger about their child’s behaviors.
May 1, 8, 2017 Instructor John Matthews Ph.D.
Basics of Relational Parent Work with Children and Adolescents
In the first class we will look at the theoretical and clinical context of parent work. The second class will survey and illustrate the range of possible parent interventions in child psychotherapy.
May 15, 22 Instructor: Todd Germain L.C.S.W., O.T.R.
Parental Stress Trauma: Getting Lost Parenting Capacities Back 'Online'
Parents often come to us feeling quite alarmed about their child's behavior and/or their own perceived lack of competence to respond effectively. This alarm can create a sense of chronic stress and distress for parents, in a way that may leave them "at a loss" and/or afraid for what their child may do, or may be or become. This sense of loss and fear can engender in some parents a level of threat state that is "outside the range of usual human experience," and therefore can have qiute traumatizing effects. We will take a closer look at this idea of stress trauma in parenting, the ways in which this trauma can knock reflective capacities 'offline,' and discuss ways to help parents begin to build confidence in their interactions and "hold the child in mind" once again.