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Mentalization Theory and Practice with Parents Facing Adversity

January 11, 18 & 25, 9-10:30am CST

3-part virtual workshop

Registration: $15

CEUs available for social work: $45 for 4.5 credit hours

Lecturer: Dr. Daphna Ginio Dollberg

Daphna Ginio Dollberg, Ph.D. is an Israeli licensed Clinical and Developmental psychologist. She is a senior lecturer at the graduate programs in Clinical and in Developmental Psychology at the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel. Dr. Dollberg is a Haruv-certified practitioner and trainer in trauma-focused child-parent psychotherapy, a member and of the Israeli association of parent-child psychotherapy, and an instructor in its postgraduate training program.

Workshop description:

Mentalization, and particularly parental mentalization, is a key factor in parent child relationship and is thought of as promoting healthy child socioemotional development.  It involves the parent’s willingness to imagine the child’s inner experiences and to see things from the child’s perspective, as well as inferring about the child’s mental states from observing the child’s behavior. Yet, parents’ ability to mentalize depends partially on the degree to which the parent’s mind is affected by a significant other, as well as on the parent’s current stress level. Hence, inviting parents who have been themselves traumatized, or those who are highly worried about their children’s behavior and development to focus on their own and child’s mental states is often challenging. In this workshop Dr. Daphna Ginio Dollberg will introduce the concepts of parental mentalization and parental reflective functioning and how we can work with parents to enhance these capacities to allow them to better understand their children’s challenging behaviors and to better address their regulation needs, and hence feel more competent as parents.

Target Population:

General professional audience

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