Clinical Perspectives on Reflective Parenting: Keeping the Child’s Mind in Mind describes the Center for Reflective Parenting and techniques developed at the Center for helping parents to be able to understand and reflect on their children’s emotional states, as a way of helping them to be more effective parents. Discussion of neurobiological correlates of “reflective parenting,” and of similar techniques used at the Pacella Child Center and in other settings, places the clinical technique in the context of other work directed at helping parents help their children to grow up emotionally healthy.
In implementing the principles of enhancing mentalization in parents and therewith in their children, this book details a well-reasoned, achievable strategy and program for optimizing the mother-child relationship. In that, it is a valuable contribution to the promotion of healthy psychological development and takes us meaningfully toward the prevention of experience-derived-emotional-disorders in the children. This book is a most welcome addition to the increasing efforts by psychoanalytic health professionals in fulfilling Freud’s (1933) optimism that psychoanalysis may contribute most meaningfully to the next generation’s upbringing.
— Henri Parens, Thomas Jefferson University; author of Parenting for Emotional Growth (2010, a CD)
All the latest findings in the neurobiology of the developing brain validate the wisdom of the ages—that how we raise our children has lifelong implications. In this most timely volume, Etezady and Davis have assembled an enlightened, practical, and very useful guide to those who help parents with their child rearing. Parenting groups in clinical settings throughout the country help inform the authors of their findings. Neurobiological correlates strengthen the conviction of their methods. With an emphasis on teaching parents how to consider that their children not only have minds, but minds of their own, this approach has enormous value and applicability. This book is very readable and highly recommended.
— Ira Brenner M.D., Jefferson Medical College; Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Continuing in the tradition of the highly respected Vulnerable Child series, this volume brings our attention to the importance of parents keeping the child’s subjective states in mind. Distinguished psychoanalysts like Regina Pally and Leon Hoffman offer illuminating insights regarding ‘reflective parenting’ and elucidate the intricate dialectics between temperament and upbringing, between neurobiology and interpersonal influences, and between emotional and instructive modes of relating to children and adolescents. They also discuss ways to foster the parents’ creativity and resilience and describe their fascinating work with Parent-Child groups. Clinical Perspectives on Reflective Parenting is highly instructive not only for clinicians working with children and their parents but for mental health professionals in general.
— Salman Akhtar, MD, Jefferson Medical College; Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.
Introduction: The Seeds of an Idea
Chapter 1: Reflective Parenting and the Origins of the Center for Reflective Parenting
Chapter 2: Why and How CRP Began
Chapter 3: CRP Direct Services and Training Programs
Chapter 4: Working with Different Clinical Populations
Chapter 5: Neurobiology of Parenting
Chapter 6: Other Programs Similar to CRP
Chapter 7: Finding the Good Grandmother
Authors and Editors
About the Editors:
Mary Davis, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has been involved with the Vulnerable Child Study Group since 1995, and became Co-Chair of the Study Group in 2009.
M. Hossein Etezady, MD, is a child psychoanalyst in private practice in Paoli, Pennsylvania. He has worked in multiple settings, including in-patient, outpatient, and consultation services in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as in psychiatry. For over thirty years he has served as the moderator and coordinator, has been a contributor, and is currently serving as the senior co-chair of the Vulnerable Child Discussion Group of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The Association for Child Psychoanalysis.