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New beginnings: A time-limited, group intervention for high-risk infants and mothers

Baradon, T; Sleed, M; Atkins, R; Campbell, C; Fagin, A; Van Schaick, R; Fonagy, P; (2017) New beginnings: A time-limited, group intervention for high-risk infants and mothers. In: Steele, H and Steele, M, (eds.) Handbook of attachment-based interventions. Guilford Press: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

‘New Beginnings’ (NB) is a structured, manualized program that addresses the mother–baby relationship within a group format. The program, developed at the Anna Freud Centre (Baradon, 2009, 2013), works with the nuanced, cross-modal emotional interactions between mother and infant, tracking attunement and communication errors and emphasizing interactive repair. To this purpose, open (non-defended) and genuine transactions are privileged, confounding intergenerational transference expectancies of rejection and shaming by a ‘bad’ world in which the individual is not seen as a worthwhile person. NB aims to increase mentalization in relation to self, baby, and the relationship between them (Baradon, with Biseo, Broughton, James, & Joyce, 2016). This takes place via the content of sessions, group processes (between the adults, adults and babies and the baby-group) and personalization of the program. A reopening of epistemic trust – trust in the authenticity and personal relevance of interpersonally transmitted knowledge (Fonagy, Luyten, & Allison, 2015) – is seen as the product of the above, and the vehicle for the socialization of the babies into a more benign social context. This chapter will begin by setting out the basic structure and aims of the program, before going on to explain how the program was developed, how the program runs and its theoretical foundations in attachment and mentalizing. We will then describe how NB has thus far been evaluated, and will finish with a more detailed account of the implementation of the program.

Type: Book chapter
Title: New beginnings: A time-limited, group intervention for high-risk infants and mothers
ISBN: 1462532616
ISBN-13: 9781462532612
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions. ©2017 Copyright Guilford Press. Reprinted with permission of The Guilford Press.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1528745
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