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Understanding and Working with Families of Infants and Toddlers

This course helps students understand the psychological underpinnings of parenting across a range of families and contexts. A multi-level framework utilizes the concepts of containment and holding as a way to understand what parents must provide for their children and what adults must also provide for themselves in order to work effectively with families. Stages of parenting are looked at within a wider lens that incorporates the incredible variety not only amongst parents, but within the same parent at different times. Students continue to develop a self-reflective ability that helps them think deeply about their responses to families, and learn when and how to provide developmental guidance through practice with their own case material and readings on basic counseling techniques.