Let's Wonder Together: How Being Reflective Enhances Clinical Work

March 10, 2018, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Let’s Wonder Together: How Being Reflective Enhances Clinical Work

Regina Pally, MD, discusses the ideas in her new book, The Reflective Parent: How to Do Less and Relate More with Your Kids. She focuses the application of these ideas that are integral to clinical work with all patients (individuals and couples), as well as with parents.

Reflective Parenting develops skillsets and guidelines that are grounded in child development, psychodynamic principles, mentalization-based treatments and neuroscience. The course emphasizes two important concepts: strong relationships are fundamental to health and well-being, and the ability to be reflective is a key ingredient of all strong relationships across the board. The clinical focus is simple: If a clinician wants to help a parent be empathic and understanding of their child, one needs to be empathic and understanding of what is going on inside the parent. Reflective Parenting challenges parents and clinicians to accept such ideas as: there are no correct answers or right way to parent; it is essential to tolerate experiences of uncertainty and ambiguity; there is always more than one perspective in the resolution of a given situation; and every parent is trying to do their best for their own child.


Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain what being reflective means and why it is at the core of all healthy relationships, including the parent-child relationship and the therapist-patient relationship
  • Identify how reflective capacity can be impaired in the face of stress, strong negative emotion, and a history of mistreatment in childhood
  • Implement a more reflective approach with parents and all other patients

Regina Pally, PhD, is founder and co-director of the non-profit organization, Center for Reflective Communities (CRC), an NCP affiliate. CRC is dedicated to promoting healthy development in children by strengthening the bonds that children have with their parents and other caregivers. CRC brings its reflective parent groups, professional trainings and workshops out into the community through partnerships with agencies, organizations and schools.  Dr. Pally’s newest release, The Reflective Parent: How to Do Less and Relate More with Your Kids, produces concrete ideas in developing effective parenting skills to enhance parent-child relationships. As a mother of three grown children, Dr. Pally’s experience reflects the synthesis of her experiences as a psychiatrist, parent and grandparent, as well as in-depth knowledge of neuroscience and child development.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM – 3 CE Credits

Pricing & CE Credits 

  • $55 Pre-registration, $65 at the door, $30 Student Rate
  • 3 CE Credits



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

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum number of 3 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

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.