Reflective Parenting Program Level 1 Training: Fundamentals

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


$550 early bird registrations received by 6/10/21
$600 regular registration

Training Facilitator:

John Grienenberger, Ph.D.


This 12-hour intensive Level 1 training is designed for infant mental health and early childhood specialists. Participants will learn about a new approach to early intervention with parents based on a theoretical model of cognitive and emotional development emphasizing 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, 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 provides participants with a base of knowledge, a new way to work with the central issues in parent-child relationships, and a step-by-step method that can be utilized to help parents think about their children in a more reflective way. Parents are thereby supported to resist the temptation to seek quick or non-reflective behavioral solutions to the conflicts or problems they experience in relationship with their children.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

1) Discuss attachment research and theory, psychoanalytic developmental theory, and the importance of the concept of parental reflective functioning.
2) Use examples of specific attachment patterns to learn how to tailor effective interventions when working with parents.
3) Describe the practical application of parental mentalization theory in designing treatment strategies addressing a variety of issues that may emerge when conducting parent workshops.
4) Demonstrate techniques and exercises that facilitate inquiry and reflection in parents.

12 CE credits available for Psychologists, LCSW’s & LMFT’s.

Participants must be mental health professionals or early childhood specialists. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Full refund available up to 5 days prior to training.

Note: RPP Level 1 training is a prerequisite to Level 2 Facilitator Training. Participants in Level 2 co-facilitate a parent group with another Level 1 graduate while being supervised by a CRP Trainer. The RPP Curricula is made available during Level 2. Successful completion of RPP Level 2 is required to conduct RPP parent groups.
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