Reflective Parenting with Young Children and Teenagers

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Event type FREE live stream

FREE webinar, via Zoom
17:00 - 18:30 UK time, 18:00 - 19:30 CET, 12 noon - 13:30 EST.
Bookings close on Tuesday 16 July, 17:00 UK time, 18:00 CET, 12 noon EST.

Mixed parents on sofa with two children on their knee

This free webinar is open to all, and is organised by ACAMH’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Special Interest Group. The webinar will be led by Dr. Sheila Redfern, Head of Family Trauma Clinical Department and Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Reflective Parenting is grounded in theories of attachment, mentalizing and neuroscience and brings these theories together in a way that parents can gain a greater understanding of their teenager’s actions, and a greater ability to cope with their own emotions in their relationship with their teens.

Booking

Sign up to this FREE webinar at this link or on the Book Now button at the top of the screen, and complete the form that follows. You’ll then receive an email confirmation and a link to the webinar, plus we’ll send you a calendar reminder nearer the time.

  • ACAMH Members attending will be eligible for a FREE electronic CPD certificate. Members MUST login to book onto the webinar and get their certificate.
  • Non-members can opt to receive an electronic CPD certificate for just £5, select this option at the point of booking. This is a great time to join ACAMH, take a look at what we have to offer
  • PLEASE NOTE: You cannot book onto this event after the event has started on Tuesday 16 July, 17:00 UK time

Don’t forget as a charity any surplus made is reinvested back as we work to our vision of ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, and our mission to ‘Improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 0-25’. 

About the webinar

We are in the midst of an, ever escalating, mental health crisis for young people. Mental health problems for children and young people have increased over the past few years to nearly 1 in 4. Services, both statutory and voluntary, are unable to meet the scale of the demand of these issues and parents and carers are ideally positioned to support their emotional and behavioural needs; to support their mental health. But it’s a hard job, and parents need someone to metaphorically ‘hold their hand’ through this crisis. The Reflective Parenting approach offers parents some guidance on how to mentalize themselves to help them reflect on their own state of mind and also helps them arrive at the solutions they need for themselves and their child or teenager.

Mentalizing refers to the ability to read other people and attribute thoughts and feelings to them. It is also the ability to understand that it’s impossible to read someone else’s mind because it is separate and distinct from your own. Often parents think they know their child/teenager best and tell them what they’re thinking, which feels intrusive and overwhelming to most teenagers, who want to have their own private and independent thoughts and lives.

The reason mentalizing is so important in family life is because, as Peter Fonagy once said, ‘there is no context more likely to induce a loss of mentalizing than family interactions. It is within the family that relationships tend to be at their most fraught, their most loving and their most intense emotionally; in other words, the family is an environment with the potential to stimulate a loss of mentalizing in one or more members of the family, on a daily basis’. Restoring mentalizing in family relationships leads to members feeling more closely connected and understood.

Reflective parents are able to think and speak with reference to states of mind and this helps their children and teenagers to feel understood and more closely connected.

Key learning objectives

  1. To understand how Reflective Parenting links to mentalizing and reflective functioning, which are the basis for a secure attachment in childhood.
  2. To gain an understanding of the tools of Reflective Parenting and how these can be directly applied to everyday interactions between parents and their children.
  3. To learn about the importance of emotion regulation to improved behavioural outcomes.
  4. To understand the relationship between mentalizing and close connection among family members

About the Speakers

Dr. Sheila Redfern
Dr. Sheila Redfern

Sheila Redfern PhD is a Consultant Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist. She completed her clinical psychology training in 1994 at University College London. Following this training, Dr Redfern specialized in working with children, adolescents and their families in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – working with babies and their parents, children and also running an adolescent out-patient self-harm service for 10 years. She is currently a Head of Clinical Services for Family Trauma at Anna Freud, a children and families mental health charity in London, UK. Dr Redfern also worked as a senior lecturer as part of Guy’s Medical School from 1996-2005. She is the Director of Redfern Psychology Services, an independent clinical psychology practice, where she offers direct clinical work, training and supervision and where she is devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Redfern’s clinical psychology practice spans thirty years, and she has published extensively in peer reviewed journals on parenting, fostering and child and adolescent mental health for the professional audience. Dr Redfern has authored two books for parents; Reflective Parenting: A Guide To Understanding What’s Going on in your Child’s Mind (Routledge) and How do You Hug A Cactus? Reflective Parenting with Teenagers in Mind (Routledge). She is currently writing a revised edition of Reflective Parenting to cover the Covid-19 pandemic and social media and their impact on children’s mental health. Dr Redfern trains professionals across the world, from Denmark to the United States and supports professionals and carers to run groups.

Booking

Sign up to this FREE webinar at this link or on the Book Now button at the top of the screen, and complete the form that follows. You’ll then receive an email confirmation and a link to the webinar, plus we’ll send you a calendar reminder nearer the time.

  • ACAMH Members attending will be eligible for a FREE electronic CPD certificate. Members MUST login to book onto the webinar and get their certificate.
  • Non-members can opt to receive an electronic CPD certificate for just £5, select this option at the point of booking. This is a great time to join ACAMH, take a look at what we have to offer
  • PLEASE NOTE: You cannot book onto this event after the event has started on Tuesday 16 July, 17:00 UK time

Don’t forget as a charity any surplus made is reinvested back as we work to our vision of ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, and our mission to ‘Improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 0-25’.