Parental Reflective Functioning & Mentalization

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
11 am - 1 pm AKST
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Video Conferencing
Cost Range
$45.00 to $60.00 (depending on options)
The price for current 2022 AK-AIMH members is $45. Nonmembers pay an additional $15 for a total of $60

Host And Instructor

Alaska Association of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH)
Arietta Slade, PhD
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Contact Hours: 2.00
C.E. Credit for AK-AIMH Endorsement: 2.00

Training Overview Description

This session includes a discussion of the basic components of reflective parenting, which are manifest in parents’ behavioral sensitivity as well as their capacity for parental reflective functioning (PRF). Parents convey their interest in and openness to the child’s experience in deed and word, which are evidence of the capacity to mentalize or imagine what the child is thinking and feeling and respond accordingly, particularly in moments of high intensity arousal (both positive and negative). Breakdowns or deficits in parents’ capacity to ‘read’ the child, manifest in both anomalous parental behavior and impaired PRF, will also be addressed.

Training Objectives

Participants will learn to recognize and support reflective parenting and identify and respond to the disruptions that have such consequential effects for child, parent, and the parent-child relationship.

Competencies & Endorsement

This training may cover certain competencies required for Endorsement. AK-AIMH administers the Endorsement to recognize the attainment of professional competencies in working with children 0-3. For more information about Competencies & Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®, please visit AK-AIMH's website.

Meet Your Instructor

Arietta Slade, PhD is Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. An internationally recognized theoretician, clinician, researcher, and teacher, she has written widely on the development of parental reflective functioning, the implications of attachment for child and adult psychotherapy, and relationship-based infant mental health practice. She is Co-Founder and Director of Training for Minding the Baby® (MTB), an evidence-based interdisciplinary reflective home visiting program for young families facing adversity. Dr. Slade is also an author and editor, and is currently writing a book on reflective parenting with her MTB colleagues (forthcoming, Guilford, 2022). She has also been in private practice for nearly 40 years, working with individuals of all ages.

Event-specific Details

The Alaska Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) has listed this training for the benefit of Alaska's professionals as part of our initiative, Project Compass: Leading the Way to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development. Project Compass is funded by AK-AIMH members and donors, the Alaska Children's Trust, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Visit Project Compass online to learn more!

Registration Information

Registration closes March 1, 2022. Deadline to cancel for a full refund is March 2, 2022. For more information, please email the training sponsor at

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