Course Descriptions

Course 1: Reflective Functioning Training on the Parent Development Interview
Course 2: Reflective Functioning Training on the Pregnancy Interview

Reflective Functioning on the Parent Development Interview

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to teach the PDI course remotely.  It will be offered in five 4-hour sessions scheduled across two weekends. We have not yet set a start time for the sessions, as we may need to accommodate the schedules of West Coast participants.  But we anticipate that the sessions will begin at between 9 and 11AM EST, and continue for 4 hours, with a break in the middle.

Course Dates:  October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2020

Course Fee: $1000

Instructor(s): Arietta Slade, PhD; Elizabeth Graf, PhDMelissa Ilardi, PhD

Friday, October 16, 2020       Introduction to the PDI & PI: Administration and Scoring (4 hours; Arietta Slade)

Saturday, October 17, 2020   Scoring the PDI: Interview Review (4 hours; Arietta Slade)

Sunday, October 18, 2020     Scoring the PDI: Interview Review (4 hours; Melissa Ilardi/Libby Graf)

Saturday, October 24, 2020   Scoring the PDI: Interview Review (4 hours; Melissa Ilardi/Libby Graf)

Sunday, October 25, 2020     Scoring the PDI: Interview Review (4 hours; Melissa Ilardi/Libby Graf)

This five day online course is designed to provide research professionals with a comprehensive understanding of Parental Reflective Functioning (RF) and to provide training to become a reliable RF coder on the Parent Development Interview (PDI). The course will provide an introduction to RF and to the PDI and will provide participants in the course with training in understanding and applying the RF coding system to PDI transcripts. The course is comprised of five sessions of 4 hours each; we will take a break in the middle.  Participants will be given interview transcripts to score in between sessions; this work will serve as the basis for discussion on the following training day.

Who is this course suitable for?
Professionals working in the areas of child mental health and clinical research. Click here for details on Training Protocol

Suggested Reading?
Click here for Suggested Reading

The Anna Freud Center will also be offering an online Reflective Functioning Training on the Parent Development Interview December 9-11, 2020 (dates and times are currently being refined as the instructor, Melissa Steed, transitions the course to an online platform.) To register for the the RF Training on the PDI via the Anna Freud Center, please click here.

To express interest in or inquire about future trainings, please click Contact Us to reach Arietta Slade directly.


Reflective Functioning Training on the Pregnancy Interview

Instructor(s): Arietta Slade, PhD; Elizabeth Graf, PhDMelissa Ilardi, PhD

We are currently offering this training on an individual basis. Please click Contact Us to reach Arietta Slade directly.

This online course is designed to provide research professionals with a comprehensive understanding of Parental Reflective Functioning (RF) and to provide training to become a reliable RF coder on the Pregnancy Interview (PI). The course will provide an introduction to RF and to the PDI and will provide participants in the course with training in understanding and applying the RF coding system to PI transcripts. Participants will be given interview transcripts to score in between online sessions; this work will serve as the basis for discussion on the following training day.

Who is this course suitable for?
Professionals working in the areas of infant/child/maternal mental health and clinical research Click here for details on Training Protocol

Suggested Reading?
Click here for Suggested Reading

To express interest in or inquire about future trainings, please click Contact Us to reach Arietta Slade directly.

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