Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) Level 1: Fundamentals Training

Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) Level 1: Fundamentals Training: February 5 - 13, 2021


Reflective Parenting Program Level 1 Training: Fundamentals

This 12-hour 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).

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. 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.


February 5 & 12, 2021: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

February 6 & 13, 2021: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Learning Objectives

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

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


Training Facilitator:



Margaret (Peggy) Matson MA, LMFT, Psy.D is a psychotherapist with 12 years of experience working in private practice and community mental health. She is a senior analytic candidate with a Psy.D in psychoanalysis. Peggy is a former Critical Care Nurse and Early Childhood educator. She currently works in private practice with children of all ages, adults, families and couples. Peggy is a supervisor at both the Center for Reflective Communities and the Maple Counseling Center.


February 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2021 – 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.