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Infant-Parent Psychotherapy

Infant-parent psychotherapy in the clinical world: An overview of principles and the range of evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence.
Robin Balbernie, 2021.

The practice of infant-parent psychotherapy within a team setting was one a starting point for the world-wide infant mental health movement. This form of service provision began with the pioneering work of Selma Fraiberg and her colleagues in the Child Development Project at the University of Michigan. In 1972 they created a psychoanalytically based service for low income mothers, working in the family home rather than a clinic setting. They called this ‘kitchen sink therapy’, since from the beginning there was a hands-on element to their approach. It was seen to be important to engage with what was happening in the moment and address, as far as possible, negative issues in the physical as well as psychological world affecting the family.

This overview article is available to members of AiMH.

Download “An Overview and Guide to Infant Parent Psychotherapy” overview-guide-infant-parent-psychotherapy.pdf – Downloaded 11 times – 800 KB

The task of listing the open access articles covering infant-parent, or child-parent, psychotherapy that are referenced in this document is work in process.