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Course 1: Clinical Uses of the Parent Development Interview

Clinical Uses of the Parent Development Interview

Length: 1 day
Location: No course is currently scheduled
Instructor(s): Arietta Slade, PhD
Course Dates:  
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This one-day course is designed to help clinicians learn to use the Parent Development Interview in their work with parents and families. In particular, the course will help clinicians develop the skills to use the PDI in assessing:

  1. Parental representations of the child
  2. Parental representations of the relationship
  3. Parental mentalizing capacities, particularly in moments of high intensity affect.

Ways to use the PDI as a form of intervention will also be discussed. The course will include a review of the organization and content of the PDI, an overview of mentalization theory, a discussion of key ways of assessing representation and reflective functioning in parents, and some potential ways that the interview can be used as an intervention.  Course materials will include case vignettes, transcripts, and videotaped material.

The course will cover:

  • Assessing representational qualities using the PDI
  • Clinically assessing mentalizing abilities using the PDI
  • Mentalization and arousal on the PDI
  • The interpersonal field of the PDI: PDI and Countertransference
  • The PDI as an intervention
  • Moving in and out of a reflective space in clinical interventions

Who is this course suitable for?
Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, child protection workers, child and adult psychotherapists, nurse clinicians, and other professionals working in parent-child assessment and intervention settings.  This course is aimed at clinicians. It is designed to complement, rather than replace, the more detailed training in coding the PDI for RF, which is more appropriate for individuals who are using the PDI for research.  Previous training in RF coding is not required.

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Course Title:  Clinical Uses of the Parent Development Interview
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Arietta Slade, PhD