How to have mentalizing conversations with parents of vulnerable children

Trainer: Dr Laura France, Clinical Psychologist and Adult Services Lead

This training course is available to social workers who are working with parents of children on the edge of care; foster carers and adoptive parents. The workshop talks participants through the concept of mentalization; its connection with parenting and child’s attachment pattern. Following a careful exploration of the different types of mentalizing ‘modes’, the workshop explores techniques that Social Workers can use to increase a parents/carer’s capacity to mentalize themselves, and therefore mentalize their child. Better mentalizing promotes attachment security in children.

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