Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) Level 1: Fundamentals Training

CE: 8:30 AM Oct 25 - 4:00 PM Oct 26, 2018

This two-day intensive Level 1 Training is designed for infant mental health, childhood, and parenting specialists. Participants learn about a new approach to early intervention with parents based on a theoretical model of cognitive and emotional development emphasizing reflective functioning, or parental mentalization. The training provides participants with a base of knowledge, a new way to work with the central issues in parent-child relationships, and a step-by-step method that can be utilized to help parents think about their children in a more reflective way. Level 1 Training is a pre-requisite for Level 2 co-facilitation of a 12-week Reflective Parenting Workshop. Completion of Level 2 Training is required to conduct RPP parent groups. Facilitated by: John Grienenberger, PhD – Co-Director, Center for Reflective Communities, Program Developer, RPP & RCP.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to

  • Describe attachment research and theory, psychoanalytic developmental theory, and the importance of the concept of parental reflective functioning
  • Explain 3 examples of specific attachment patterns to learn how to tailor effective interventions when working with parents
  • Apply practical applications of parental mentalization theory in designing treatment strategies addressing a variety of issues that may emerge when conducting parent workshops
  • List 3 techniques and exercises that facilitate inquiry and reflection in parents


Facilitated by: Kevin Gruenberg, PsyD, clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles working with children, families and adults. Dr. Gruenberg co-developed and is researching a mentalization-based home visiting program for fathers and their babies. He also oversees programming and strategy at the Center for Reflective Communities, a non-profit research and training organization focused on building parent-child relationships. 

Melissa Jacobs, PhDclinical psychologist serving on the CRC’s Leadership Team as a Senior Trainer in the Reflective Parenting Program. Dr. Jacobs has a private practice in Los Angeles as well, where she makes use of both a psychodynamic and also mentalization-based perspective in her work with children and their families, as well as in her practice with adolescents and adults.

Thursday & Friday, October 25 & 26, 2018, 9 AM – 4 PM – 12 CE Credits
No CME Credit

8:30-9:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
One hour lunch (on your own) 
$465 early bird registrations received by 9/25/18
$515 regular registration, after 9/25/18

For questions, please contact:
or (323) 275-4805


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.