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Online Lecture: Amanda Jones

A way of understanding good enough ‘parental care’ and understanding what processes can make it hard for a parent to give this to their baby and how to have conversations that can help.

Time & Date:
24th September 2021
13.00 - 15.00

via Zoom


*Please note this lecture will not be recorded due to the sensitivity of the clinical material discussed


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For any professional, giving an opinion on what constitutes ‘good enough’ parenting care is a complicated task.  The lecture will describe a new mnemonic model to help clinicians systematically think about what’s important from a baby’s point of view.  A case will be shared to illustrate the model in practice.


Amanda Jones is a Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist and Strategic & Clinical Lead of NELFT NHS Foundation Trust’s Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service.  She trained as a systemic therapist and pursued her doctoral research at the Tavistock Centre/UEL. Her research studied how mothers’ use of maladaptive defensive processes can derail their baby’s development.  In collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre, Amanda was the therapist in the Channel Four documentaries ‘Help me love my baby’.  With the NSPCC and Warwick Medical School she made 5 further documentaries called ‘Breakdown or Breakthrough:  pregnancy, birth and the first 18 months of life’, available for free online, for all practitioners working with parents and babies in distress.  Amanda speaks at national and international conferences on psychodynamic parent-baby treatment.  She contributes in several governmental policy groups to try and enhance understanding about the importance of early intervention and the need to develop equitable integrated psychotherapy and psychiatric NHS community perinatal parent infant mental health services in the UK. 


Please note, our ticket prices have been reviewed as of 1st April 2021

  • Tickets: £30
  • We offer a reduced concession for students/low wage of £20

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