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Robin Grille

How childhood experiences affect mothering behavior – and how practitioners can help

  • Speaker: Robin Grille , BA(Psych) Grad Dip Counselling, Dip Interactive Psychotherapy
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

A principal source of strength as well as vulnerability in mothers comes from how they themselves were mothered. Increasingly, researchers are confirming what psychotherapists have observed for many decades: that both trauma and the capacity for responsive and pleasurable mothering tend to be inter-generationally transmitted. All too often the struggles of mothering, including childbirth complications, premature weaning and difficulties with bonding are in fact late expressions of unresolved abuse or neglect, or some kind of emotional wounding in the mother. Information and encouragement miss the point when what is needed is therapy. This presentation helps practitioners to open a deeper dialogue with mothers, to identify possible abuse or neglect histories, adverse childhood experiences, and to use empathic dialogue to re-enable responsive and fulfilling mothering. It can be surprising how emotionally authentic dialogue in a safe environment is sometimes all it takes to restore maternal confidence, responsiveness and enjoyment.