Working with Parents

Presented by: Chester Smith, MEd, LPC

February 8, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Care and Counseling

12141 Ladue Road

St. Louis, MO, 63141



Parents undeniably have the greatest influence over their children, much more so than therapist’s regardless of the frequency and intensity of treatment. Helping parents to better understand the emotional underpinnings of their child/adolescent’s behavior can enhance the therapeutic outcome and improve the parent-child relationship. This seminar will focus on ways of working with parents to help them to develop their capacity to mentalize (a component of empathy) and to create a customized approach to parenting that best suits their child’s unique set of needs. A psychoanalytic model is used to provide the theory behind this approach to working with parents.


Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to define and discuss metalization and it’s application in parent work.
  2. Participants will be able to list reasons that parent work is critical to working with children and adolescents
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the challenges of working with parents who are divorced, adoptive parents, single parents