Despite its inherent joys, the challenges of parenting can produce considerable stress. These challenges multiply-and the quality of parenting suffers-when a parent or child has mental health issues, or when parents are in conflict. Even under optimal circumstances, the constant changes as children develop can tax parents' inner resources, often undoing the best intentions and parenting courses. Mindful Parenting: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners offers an evidence-based, eight week structured mindfulness training program for parents with lasting benefits for parents and their children. Designed for use in mental health contexts, its methods are effective whether parents or children have behavioral or emotional issues. The program's eight sessions focus on mindfulness-oriented skills for parents, such as responding to (as opposed to reacting to) parenting stress, handling conflict with children or partners, fostering empathy, and setting limits. The book dovetails with other clinical mindfulness approaches, and is written clearly and accessibly so that professionals can learn the material easily and impart it to clients. Featured in the text: * Detailed theoretical, clinical, and empirical foundations of the program.* The complete Mindful Parenting manual with guidelines for eight sessions and a follow-up.* Handouts and assignments for each session.* Findings from clinical trials of the Mindful Parenting program.* Perspectives from parents who have finished the course. Its clinical focus and empirical support make Mindful Parenting an invaluable tool for practitioners and clinicians in child, school, and family psychology, psychotherapycounseling, psychiatry, social work, and developmental psychology.
Susan Bogels,Kathleen Restifo
Publisher:Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Published:18 September 2013
Illustrations:50 black & white illustrations, biography
Susan Bogels, Ph.D., is a professor in Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology, through parent-child and family interactions, with a specific focus on the father, on the role of attentional processes in psychopathology, and on child and family interventions, including mindfulness. She is also the director of the academic center for the treatment of parents and children, UvA minds, in which evidence-based cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions are offered to families. She is a member of the workgroup on Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum, PostTraumatic, and Dissociative Disorders of the DSM-5. Kathleen Restifo, Ph.D., is a clinical and developmental psychologist specializing in family interventions for children and parents with emotional disorders. She is a practicing family therapist and a mindfulness trainer. Her clinical interests include integrating mindfulness and compassion practices with psychotherapeutic approaches for children, couples and families. Her research interests include evolutionary perspectives on parenting stress, effects of mindfulness-based interventions on children, and family processes in development of psychopathology. She is the founder of Mindful Families, a center which provides mindfulness and psychotherapy for children, parents and families, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.