Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) Level 1: Fundamentals Training

May 2, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Reflective Parenting Program Level 1 Training: Fundamentals

This two-day intensive Level 1 training is designed for infant mental health and early childhood specialists. Participants will 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.  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).

Learning Objectives

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

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


Facilitated by:

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.

Deborah Alexander, L.C.S.W., licensed clinical social worker serves on the CRC’s Leadership Team and is a trainer in the Reflective Parenting Program. Ms. Alexander was a contributor to the original Reflective Parenting Program curriculum; she has co-led many RPP groups, starting with the original pilot. She has done psychotherapy with people of all ages, and supervised clinicians for 35 years at Family Service of Santa Monica with a psychodynamic and reflective orientation.  Her specialty is working with preschool-aged children and their parents.


Thursday, May 2, 2019 and Friday, May 3, 2019 – 12 CE credits

No CME Credit

$465 early bird registrations received by 4/10/19

$515 regular registration, after 4/10/19

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.