Mindfulness and Behavioral Parent Training: Commentary
Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2005
Source ID: shanti-sources-21338
Zotero Collections: Parenting & Childcare and Contemplation
Abstract: We review the description of mindfulness-based parent training (MBPT) and the argument that mindfulness practice offers a way to bring behavioral parent training (BPT) in line with current empirical knowledge. The strength of the proposed MBPT model is the attention it draws to process issues in BPT. We suggest, however, that it may not be necessary to posit automatized transactional procedures in the parent–child interaction to justify the need for better delineation of therapist-parent communication in treatment. Empirically established behavioral processes may be used within BPT to accomplish parent-training goals similar to those proposed for mindfulness training. Yet, Dumas (2005) offers refreshing ideas for enhancing the therapeutic alliance and success with the parents of disruptive children.