The Parenting Process:
A Blueprint for Developing Healthy Partnerships
Eileen Paris, PhD, PsyD
The Parenting Process is a multidisciplinary therapeutic and psycho-educational model that enhances and deepens human engagement. This unique lens is especially useful for psychotherapists to identify traumatic organizing patterns and the way they are expressed relationally while working with individuals, couples, and families.
This somatically based, analytically informed framework is a powerful intervention to interrupt intergenerational trauma and to extend trauma-based treatment and healing across cultures and generations. It experientially supports developing a grounded sense of self that is both autonomous and relational.
We will explore:
- How we organize our meaning system
- Dynamics of emotional development
- Bonding dynamics
- Mirroring experiences
- Differentiation within the family system
- Participants’ experience in conceptual and theoretical terms
- The developmental and relational theories that inform the model
- Ideas about self and interactive regulation
- Implicit and explicit modes of communication informed by complexity and inter-subjective systems theory
This workshop will offer tools to:
- Identify our historical patterns
- Regain emotional regulation
- Restore the felt-sense of well being
- Appropriately attune to the needs of others
- Apply the process clinically to cases with individuals and couples
- Integrate the model into our unique practice environment
Eileen Paris, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a training and supervising analyst and member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles. Dr. Paris has been working with children and families for 47 years. She began her career as a pre-school teacher, became a somatic therapist, then a psychoanalyst and infant mental health specialist.
She served on the faculty of the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, as adjunct faculty at the 2001-2002 Infant Mental Health Specialist Training Program at Cedars/Sinai in Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Los Angeles.
Dr. Paris developed a psychoanalytically informed model of parent education called The Parenting Process and co-authored, I’LL NEVER DO TO MY KIDS WHAT MY PARENTS DID TO ME! A Guide to Conscious Parenting, (Warner Books, 1994). Her paper Interrupting Trauma and Advancing Development: Considering Parent Education in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Treatment was published in the 2013 Clinical Social Work Journal. Dr. Paris is in private practice in Marina del Rey, California and offers workshops and trainings to parents and professionals that address developmental trauma in the US, Canada, and Europe.