Dr Jackie Amos on Parallel Parent and Child Narrative (PPCN)
Parallel Parent and Child Narrative (PPCN) is a story-based psychotherapy for verbal children and their primary caregivers, developed in New Zealand by early childhood educator and child therapist Heather Chambers. PPCN was developed to address the hurt that can accumulate in parent- child relationships in the face of intergenerational adversity and trauma. John Bowlby, the father of attachment theory, stipulated that to help distressed parents and children it was necessary to work with the parent and child in parallel, at the level of the internal working model. These two principles are at the heart of PPCN. Taking a strengths-focused approach, the PPCN therapist actively works to uncover the untold story of care and connection, hidden beneath the stories of trauma and distress, whilst also addressing traumatic memories. The parallel narrative sets the relationship on a new path, where understanding precedes action, and parents and children, together, find unique solutions to the shared challenges that they face.
Jackie trained in PPCN with Heather Chambers in 2003. Jackie and Heather still continue to collaborate, with Jackie researching the mechanism of action of PPCN in her PhD. PPCN has been central to Jackie's Child and Adolescent Psychiatric practice for 20 years. She has successfully used, and trained others in PPCN at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Southern Adelaide. Jackie has more recently supported the inclusion of PPCN into the suite of interventions offered in a family reunification service in Centacare Catholic Family Services. Heather and her colleagues enjoy success working with families in Child and Adolescent Mental health Services and private practice across New Zealand
In this webinar, speaking as highly-experienced PPCN practitioner and trainer (and mother-child relationship researcher), Dr Jackie Amos will discuss the importance of dyadic therapies for parents and their school age children, explain the role of the PPCN therapist, outline the PPCN process with reference to the postulated mechanism of action and talk about how PPCN has been used effectively in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and in a Family Reunification Service in South Australia.
Venue: Online Webinar. Includes access to recording for 30 days. Excludes clinical observational content.
Date: Saturday, 29th of June, 2024
Time: 1000hrs to 1200hrs (Sydney/Melbourne Time)
About Dr Jackie Amos: Dr Jackie Amos is a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist, gestalt psychotherapist and clinical academic with more than 25 years’ experience working psychotherapeutically with individual adults and children and families caught in intergenerational cycles of neglect and abuse. She has worked in both government child and adolescent mental health and intensive family support service settings. The models described in this webinar are the outcome of her Doctoral research, which was completed in 2017. Jackie is now leading the implementation of her research in Centacare, a large NGO in Adelaide, using the theoretical model to inform the development of therapeutic case workers. These workers utilise psychotherapeutic approaches within a social casework model in an attempt toincrease access for vulnerable families to combined therapeutic and practical help.
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