Parents Are Our Other Client: Ideas for Therapists, Social Workers, Support Workers, and Teachers stands out among the vast literature on counseling children and families by finally giving therapists, social workers, support workers, andteachers the tools necessary to work with the single most significant influence on children: the parents.
Explains in an accessible and readable format how parenting patterns are learned unconsciously during their early childhood and emerge later, when people become parents.
Delivers a comprehensive and practical guide for professionals working to help parents see their children differently and change the way they interact with their children.
Clarifies why directing attention to the non-verbal areas of a parent’s brain with techniques such as imaging is essential for achieving a shift away from early learned patterns.
Examines how a professional‘s own childhood experience influences the way he or she works with parents and how professionals can shift to more positive responding even with the most resistant parent.
Provides informative clinical illustrations based on current research and the authors' extensive clinical and supervisory experience.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Parents and Us 2. Learning about the Parent and about Us 3. How Parenting Patterns Are Held in the Brain 4. Attending to Attachment Relationships 5. Using the Skills We Already Have 6. Helping Parents Move Out of Negative Interactive Patterns 7. When the Home Is an Adoptive Home 8. Our Experience 9. Concluding Thoughts: Super-vision, Peer-vision, Self-vision Bibliography
About the Author
Sandra Wieland, PhD, is a psychologist, play therapist, trainer, and consultant in Victoria, Canada. She was previously a classroom teacher, special education teacher and school counselor. Dr. Wieland has taught internationally on trauma and working with parents, written books and chapters on therapy with children and adolescents, and recently edited Dissociation in Traumatized Children and Adolescents, Second Edition (Routledge, 2015). She has received the Woman of Distinction Award and the Cornelia Wilbur Award for clinical excellence. In 2016 she was ‘blanketed’ by the Hulitan First Nations Family for her work with their therapists, children and parents.