Pillars of Mindful Parenting: Level 1 Foundation Training
A Reflective Approach to Working with At-Risk Dyads
Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, September 3 & 4, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, with 1 hour lunch break (must attend both days)

Place: Ventura County Behavioral Health
1911 Williams Dr #200, Oxnard, CA 93036

Regular registration is $460

Training Facilitator:

Diane Reynolds, LMFT
As Program Developer/Senior Trainer for Mindful Parenting Groups (MPG) and the Reflective Care Program at CRC, Ms. Reynolds has spent the last 17 years introducing parents and professionals to a mentalization-based, mindful and reflective approach to caregiving, with particular focus on serving at-risk families who otherwise wouldn't have access to these practices that can profoundly change relationships, family life, and ultimately, communities. Her work has received funding from private foundations as well as L.A. County DMH, supporting ongoing facilitator training, education, reflective supervision, and outcome data collection, particularly within the child welfare and Early Head Start communities. In 2011, the MPG model received designation by CA Institute of Mental Health and L.A. County DMH as a Community- Defined Evidence group model for Prevention-Early Intervention, targeting parenting and family difficulties. Ms. Reynolds remains committed to promoting infant- family/early childhood mental health workforce development through training, reflective supervision and consultation.

This two-day intensive is designed for mental health and early childhood professionals working with young children and families. This relationship-focused model emphasizes mindful observation, flexible responsiveness, and reflection as practices that serve to promote childhood attachment security through increasing parental reflective capacity, strengthening caregiver-child interactions, and reducing hostile/intrusive caregiving behaviors. Through review of audio-video case material, this model’s core components will be applied to work with dyads and groups, including work with parents whose trauma history challenges parent-child relationship security. This standalone training provides a reflective foundation for work with parents and young children, is a prerequisite for Level 2 facilitator training, and satisfies 14 hours towards the CA Center IFECMH) Endorsement.

Course Objectives:

• Describe the concept of Reflective Functioning (RF), and its relationship to enhancing secure attachment and preventing negative parental behavior.
• Describe ‘Mindful Observation,’ and the utility of an observational stance in clinical work with families with young children.
• Demonstrate clinical understanding of ‘Flexible Response’ and ‘Reflection,’ and how they serve to promote parental RF.
• Distinguish major attachment styles or states of mind at work in parent-child relationships.
• Apply a working understanding of parental Reflective Functioning, attachment styles / states of mind, and the three pillars to clinical cases.

Space is limited. 14 CE Credits for Psychologist, MFT’s, and LCSW’s. Participants must be licensed or pre-licensed mental health professionals or early childhood professionals. Cancellations must be submitted in written form. Full refund available up to 10 days prior to start of training; thereafter, full refund less $100 available up to the start of training.

This training provides 14 knowledge hours of CA Center for IFECMH Endorsement content: (A) Parenting, Caregiving, Family Functioning, and Child-Parent Relationships; (B) Infant, Toddler and Preschool Development; (D) Risk and Resiliency; (E) Observation, Screening and Assessment; and (F) Diagnosis and Intervention.
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Continuing Education Credits: 14 CE Credits are available for Psychologists, LCSW’s and LMFT’s.
Psychologists: Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit. Psychologists report directly to the MCEP using the certificates of attendance awarded at the completion of the course.

Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: VCBH is an approved provider for continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs (provider # PCE 4184). This training meets the qualifications for 14 hours each of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity may be claimed for credit.
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