The Reflective Parent

Instructor:  Edmund Sprunger, MSW, LCSW

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Dates: Thursdays, November 7, 14, 21, 2019

Time:  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: At the Institute,  8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124


This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 4.5 Hours  This course has been approved for clock hours by the Missouri Professional Development Registry

This series will focus on the book The Reflective Parent: How to Do Less and Relate

More with Your Kids, by Regina Pally, MD. Through her decades of experience practicing psychiatry and through her own experience as the parent of three children, Pally realized that the idea of a “right way” of doing things left even the most dedicated caregiver feeling discouraged and inadequate when real life doesn’t measure up. Instead, Pally presents an approach to successful parenting that focuses on learning to slow down, reflect, and recognize that parents have many worthwhile options.

Pally synthesizes the latest neuroscience research to show how our brain’s natural tendencies to empathize, analyze, and connect with others are what is needed to be a good parent. Each chapter of the book weaves together discussions of specific reflective parenting principles like “Tolerate Uncertainty” and “Repair Ruptures” with engaging explanations of the science that backs them up. Brief “Take Home Lessons” at the end of each chapter and vivid examples of parents and children putting the principles into action make this a highly readable, practical guide for anyone looking to build loving, lasting relationship with their kids.

Parents, teachers, caregivers, and professionals working with parents and/or children, will find this accessible and engaging book helpful in fostering fortifying relationships with children.

Objectives:reflective parent

1st Class – Introduction to Reflective Parenting

  • Describe at least three of Pally’s Ten Principles of Reflective Parenting.
  • Describe how the human brain is organized to enable people to relate to one another.

2nd Class – Reflecting and Connecting

  • Explain the basics of mentalization.
  • List strategies for regulating anger and hostility.

3rd Class  – Infants, Adolescents, and Brain Development

  • Describe how “The Goldilocks Rule” applies to stress.
  • List the main themes in the big picture of brain development.


Course Level:  Introductory