Mindfulness in Behavioral Health

Mindful Parenting

A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners

Authors: Bögels, Susan, Restifo, Kathleen

  • 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
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Susan Bögels, 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.

Reviews

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)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction to Mindful Parenting

    Bögels, Susan (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • An Evolutionary Perspective on Parenting and Parenting Stress

    Bögels, Susan (et al.)

    Pages 15-39

  • Effects of the Mindful Parenting Course

    Bögels, Susan (et al.)

    Pages 41-48

  • Overview of the Mindful Parenting Program

    Bögels, Susan (et al.)

    Pages 51-79

  • Session 1: Automatic Parenting

    Bögels, Susan (et al.)

    Pages 81-108

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7406-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7405-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-4276-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mindful Parenting
Book Subtitle
A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners
Authors
Series Title
Mindfulness in Behavioral Health
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7406-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7406-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7405-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4276-3
Series ISSN
2195-9579
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 328
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations
Topics