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Parent-Child Interactions that will Meet

Core Emotional Needs

by John Louis


Research reveals that active negative schemas are the driving force behind personality disorders and mental illnesses. It is believed that as parents fall short in their effort to meet a child’s core emotional needs, these experiences, in interaction with the child’s temperament, are major factors in the development of these active negative schemas. Conversely when these needs are met adequately they facilitate the development of positive schemas. Studies have revealed ten toxic parenting patterns measured by the latest validated version of the Young Parenting Inventory, known as the YPI-R3, as well as seven healthy parenting patterns, measured by the Positive Parenting Schema Inventory, or PPSI. Both these parent-child interactions are associated with the development of negative and positive schemas respectively. This class will highlight the nature of these core emotional needs, as well as the parenting patterns needed to optimize the meeting of essential core emotional needs in children leading to heathy developmental outcomes.

Target Audience:

This training will be helpful for parents and clinicians as well as researchers who are keen on helping others improve the quality of their parenting, as well as improve the quality of limited reparenting administered to their patients.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn the four core emotional needs identified empirically from research and how to practically meet these in children. Participants will also learn how to “Repair” after a conflict and “Reconnect” with teenagers and adult children. Findings and concepts will be drawn from recently published peer-reviewed journals and the newly released revised and updated Good Enough Parenting model. Teaching points will be enhanced with appropriate movie scenes showing parent-child interactions. Parallels measures will be drawn on how to improve limited reparenting in therapy.

About the Presenter:

John Louis

Dr. John Louis earned his PhD from the UK in Clinical Psychology where he conducted empirical research on schemas and parenting scales. These findings provided empirical findings for their “Good Enough Parenting” model. He is a registered counsellor and supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) as well as an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor/ Trainer with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). Schema Therapy links unmet core emotional needs in childhood with relationship problems in adulthood.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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