The course is for therapists who work with infants and would like to learn how to lead PANDA for two groups. The course combines both theoretical learning and exercises from the program, so that at the end of the course the participants can guide PANDA groups.
The course is for mental health professionals who work with infants – social workers, psychologists, Art Therapists, etc.…, who would like to learn how to lead groups for strengthening emotion regulation in a dyadic format.
About PANDA for two:
The PANDA for two program is a variation of the NAMAL program which was developed by Prof. Esther Cohen and Prof. Ruth Pat – Horenchik for METIV center. It is a model of play – centered group work for dyads of parents and young children, aiming at developing and strengthening the parents ability to play in order to help promote the development of their childrens emotion regulation abilities.
The program is for parent – infant dyad for infants around the ages of 2-3 who deal with typical difficulties in emotion regulation for their age, or are exposed to stressful situations, crisis situations or trauma. The program includes six sessions for eight dyads. Each session has a psycho – educational message for the parents and is represented by a short catch – phrase. The messages re delivered through shared activities such as playing, music, drama, movement and dance.
Main themes of the training: