Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) Level 1: Fundamentals Training

Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) Level 1: Fundamentals Training: October 23 - 31, 2020


Reflective Parenting Program Level 1 Training: Fundamentals

This two-day intensive training Level 1 workshop is designed for infant mental health and early childhood specialists. Participants will learn about a new approach to early intervention with parents that is based on a theoretical model of cognitive and emotional development emphasizing reflective functioning or parental mentalization. This essential processing mechanism enables parents to understand that mental activity such as thoughts, feelings, needs, intentions, and desires (within both their children and themselves), which are not directly observable, underlie all human behavior. The ability to understand and respond to children’s behavior in terms of the mental states that motivate it is essential for strong parent-child bonds (i.e. secure attachment). 

The training will provide 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. Parents are thereby supported to resist the temptation to seek quick or non-reflective behavioral solutions to the conflicts or problems they experience in relationship with their children.


October 23 & 30, 2020: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October 24 & 31, 2020: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of attachment research and theory, psychoanalytic developmental theory, and the importance of the concept of parental reflective functioning.
  • Describe the concept of Reflective Functioning, and its relationship to enhancing secure attachment and preventing negative parental behavior.
  • Discuss new ways to conceptualize parenting styles. Use examples of specific attachment patterns to learn how to tailor effective interventions when working with parents of different cultural origins.
  • Explore practical application of parental mentalization theory in designing treatment strategies addressing a variety of issues that may emerge when conducting parent workshops.
  • Apply techniques and exercises that facilitate inquiry and reflection in parents. Tailor interventions in order to be most effective when working with parents manifesting a variety of attachment and parenting styles.
  • Distinguish high and low Reflective Functioning (RF) and the relationship of RF to attachment styles and parenting behavior. Describe reflective and non-reflective states of mind.
  • Identify the strengths of the Reflective Parenting Program as a treatment intervention for developing secure parent-child relationships. Describe Reflective Parenting Program structure and the role of facilitator.
  • Apply a working understanding of RF, attachment styles / states of mind, and Core Components of the Reflective Parenting Program to clinical cases.


Training Facilitator:

Melissa Jacobs, PhD, clinical 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, 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.

John Grienenberger, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and developmental researcher. He is the former Clinical Director of Psychological Care and Healing (PCH) Treatment Center in Mar Vista, California (2012-2016), where he was Director of the Family Program, the Assessment Clinic, as well as creator of a Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) track, which served emotionally dysregulated clients. He is the founder and program developer of the Reflective Parenting Program and the Reflective Care Program, core components of the non-profit Center for Reflective Communities, of which he is currently the Co-Director. He has extensive experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy and mentalization-based individual and family work, and has trained hundreds of therapists in his mentalization-based model of treatment.


October 23, 24, 30, and 31, 2020 – 12 CE credits


You must register with the Center for Reflective Communities.

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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.