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Saturday, June 4 • 14:15 - 15:50
How to apply SDT to parenting: Faber and Mazlish’s How-to Program and its long term effects on parents’ perceptions of their parenting, family functioning and children’s mental health LIMITED

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Parents have a vast impact on their children’s development, adaptation and well-being (Masten & Shaffer, 2006). Although several studies have now shown that the optimal parenting style is authoritative (i.e., providing structure, acceptation and autonomy support), it is often challenging “to parent” in this way. in this workshop, we will present concrete skills from the parenting program “How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk” (Faber & Mazlish, 1980, 2000, 2010). This How-to Program is inspired by the humanistic child psychologist Haim Ginott (1922-1973), whose writings also inspired the operational definition of autonomy support. as such, it is highly coherent with the essence of autonomy support, and shows parents how to provide structure in a more autonomy-supportive way, while communicating unconditional regard (Joussemet, Mageau & Koestner, 2014). We will first present preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of this program over a one year period. Next, we will share ways in which parents may support their children’s basic needs:  when child feels distressed, doesn’t cooperate, misbehaves, could make decisions, does well, is stuck in a role. We will end by sharing our experience with implementing and evaluating this parenting program in grade schools.

Learning objectives:
By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

a) Better understand the basic principles of being autonomy-supportive; that is, to be empathic, descriptive and to encourage active participation (in decision making and problem solving);
b) Put concrete autonomy-supportive behaviors into practice, with a child or any other communication partner (e.g., by listening with an open and present attention, talking in a more respectful, non-evaluative way);
c) Introduce this materiel to parents and professionals working with children.
Ultimately, you may contribute to help children:
a) self-regulate in a flexible and mindful way;
b) identify their strengths but also what they feel, think, and wish;
c) accept themselves for who they are and grow accordingly.

Workshop Facilitators

Mireille Joussemet

University of Montreal
Mireille Joussemet received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from McGill University, where she conducted research in human motivation with Prof. Richard Koestner, guided by her passion for children’s motivation, well-being and their social determinants. During her post-doctoral... Read More →
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Geneviève A. Mageau

Université de Montréal
Genevieve A. Mageau studies autonomy support within hierarchical relationships, with a focus on parenting. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Quebec at Montreal, where she conducted motivational research with Prof. Robert J. Vallerand. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship... Read More →

Saturday June 4, 2016 14:15 - 15:50 PDT