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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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  • Offers an evidence-based eight-week mindful parenting program
  • Systematically trains psychotherapists in mindfulness techniques to help families cope more effectively with day-to-day stresses
  • Includes psychoeducational information on how parental and child stress and psychopathology affect the family dynamic 
  • Discusses how to prevent the transmission of maladaptive parenting patterns

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, psychotherapy/counseling, psychiatry, social work, and developmental psychology.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Acceptance and commitment - Children and mindfulness - Developmental psychopathology and parenting - Meditation, breathing, and yoga practices - Mental health and stress - Mindful parenting - Mindfulness interventions - Parent-child interaction - Psychopathology and development - Stress and parenting - Therapist qualifications and training - Transmission of parenting

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Medicine - Psychiatry - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Foreword.- Part I. Theoretical and Empirical Background.- Chapter 1. Introduction to Mindful Parenting.- Chapter 2. An Evolutionary Perspective on Parenting and Parenting Stress.- Chapter 3. Effects of the Mindful Parenting Course.- Part II. Mindful Parenting: A Guide to the 8 Week Program.- Chapter 4: Overview and Guidelines for the Mindful Parenting Program.- Chapter 5: Session 1: Automatic Parenting.- Chapter 6: Session 2: Beginner’s Mind Parenting.- Chapter 7: Session 3: Reconnecting with our Body as a Parent.- Chapter 8: Session 4: Responding vs. Reacting to Parenting Stress.- Chapter 9: Session 5: Parenting Patterns and Schemas.- Chapter 10: Session 6: Conflict and Parenting.- Chapter 11: Session 7: Love and Limits.- Chapter 12: Session 8: Are We There yet? A Mindful Path Through Parenting.- Chapter 13: Follow-up Session: Each Time, Beginning Anew.- Chapter 14: Voices of the Parents: Life After the Mindful Parenting Course.

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