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Parent-Infant Group Work

This is a 4-day training aimed at early years professionals who want to learn to run groups with parents with babies aged between 6 weeks -2 years old, underpinned by therapeutic principles and informed by attachment and brain development research.

Location:

Kidlington, Oxford

Background

Working with parents and infants in a group can provide an invaluable context in which to bring about positive change in the parent-infant relationship. Groups can foster a strong sense of belonging, providing parents with the opportunity both to give and receive support from one another. Furthermore, babies are perceived as equal members in this group setting in which they too can become the agents of change. The context can feel less threatening to some parents and so help reach parents who are otherwise depressed or cut-off. And finally, problems can be framed in shared terms and this can help parents feel less blamed about their difficulties.

 

Training

This is a 4-day training aimed at early years professionals who want to learn to run groups with parents with babies aged between 6 weeks -2 years old, underpinned by therapeutic principles and informed by attachment and brain development research. Much of the learning will be experiential. Participants will gain an understanding of the basics of parent infant group dynamics and how to set up, contain, and manage a parent-infant group. They will learn to run groups that encourage parental sensitivity and responsiveness and promote secure attachments. They will learn about different methods such as baby massage, Watch Wait Wonder and using benign visual images to strengthen parent infant relationships in a group setting.

 

All OXPIP training is APPCIOS endorsed and contributes towards APPCIOS accreditation. APPCIOS (The Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings), is a member organisation of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

 

Learning outcomes at the end of the training:

Participants will:

  • have learned how to run groups safely and effectively
  • have learned about Baby Massage and Watch, Wait, Wonder and using these techniques within groups
  • have learned to support parents and infant to build their relationships
  • have learned how to evaluate the effectiveness of their groups
  • have become a confident parent infant group facilitator
  • be able to reflect on strengths for each participant using Video Enhanced Reflective Practice in small supervision groups

 

"It’s been bar far the best idea I had to join the group, I’m so glad I went even though I was nervous to day one and I feel it has really benefited mine and my sons life. If I ever have another child I would love to attend baby massage again. Keep up the fantastic work." - OXPIP Client

 

To register your interest in this training and be notified when a date is set, please email info@oxpip.org.uk or call us on 01865 778034.

 

All information taken for bookings will only be used to inform the course and to contact you with course details.   

 

Please note, as of 1st April 2020 our costings have been revised. 

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