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Mindful Parenting

A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners

Bögels, Susan, Restifo, Kathleen

2014, XIX, 328 p. 50 illus.

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From the book reviews:

“Susan Bögels and Kathleen Restifo present a treatment based on ancient traditions to cultivate equanimity in the face of the unpredictable cacophony of modern life with children. … Rooted in evidence-based practices and a solid research base, this book will guide therapists to help parents bring full awareness to raising children with compassion and wisdom. … Bögels and Restifo’s work will instantly become a trusted source for mindfulness teachers and mental health professionals, especially child and family therapists.” (Shirley N. Pakdaman, Mindfulness, Vol. 5, 2014)

“It is an easy to read text including an 8 week Mindfulness Parenting course! This text is spot on. … The Mindfulness Parenting Course is not presented as a mechanical program, but written in such a way as to give insight into the processes of the evolving group program. … I would recommend this book to those who have already been exposed to evidence-based mindfulness approaches, and those interesting in enhancing their parenting skills.” (CouragePsyc, couragepsyc.blogspot.com.au, March, 2014)

"When we wrote the first edition of our book on mindful parenting, published in 1997, it did not include a formal program for parents, nor a curriculum for training health professionals to teach parents.  Such a curriculum is long overdue. We are grateful to the authors for bringing it to life in this form.  Their program is both profoundly practical and at the same time, potentially transformative and healing. One of its main virtues is that it spans and unifies two different ways of knowing:  that of empirical scientific understanding, in this case clinical and behavioral psychology research, and that of contemplative mindfulness-based programs and practices, which are themselves increasingly resting on a firm scientific foundation. At the same time, these mindfulness-based programs tap into an orthogonal dimension of wisdom and compassion going back several thousand years, mostly derived from the universal elements underlying Buddhist meditation, of which mindfulness is often said to be the heart."

- From the Foreword by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn



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