Research

Mentalization-Based Therapy in Practice

In this roundup of new research on mentalization-based therapy, discover how psychoanalytic interventions can mitigate the effects of trauma and help build secure attachment in childhood and adulthood.   Mothering From the Inside Out: Results of a second randomized clinical trial testing a mentalization-based intervention for mothers in addiction treatment (2017) Suchman, N.E.; DeCoste, C. […]

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Virtual Certificate Course – Applying Psychoanalysis in Social Work

Are you interested in learning more about applying psychoanalytic ideas to clinical practice? Stay tuned for our NEW virtual post-graduate certificate course!   Offered through the Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy (SFPA), the year-long course uses a social work lens to help practitioners tackle big issues with psychoanalytic theory and practical skills.   Participants will learn to apply

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New TXICFW study published on caregivers’ adverse childhood experiences and their impact on children’s social-emotional challenges

In their most recent published article, TXICFW’s Dr. Tina Adkins, Ph.D., Swetha Nulu, MPH, and Kaitlyn Doerge, MSSW, examined foster parents’ history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and their impact in providing optimal care to youth. You can read the full article here. If you’re pressed for time but would like to learn more about

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How to Change the World One EBP at a Time: A Clinical Researcher’s Journey to Evidence

By Tina Adkins, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. Important To Know: A thorough review of the current research literature is necessary to help you decide what works and how to build your intervention. It is critical to have a

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Development and Preliminary Evaluation of Family Minds: A Mentalization-based Psychoeducation Program for Foster Parents

In 2018, TXICFW’s Tina Adkins, Ph.D., published a study finding preliminary evidence that mentalizing psychoeducation can significantly improve parental reflective functioning and lower parenting stress in foster parents. By Allie Long   So what makes this experiment different? Typically, when foster parents receive parenting training, the focus is largely on information sharing or skill building,

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Dads Need Help Too: Adapting a reflective parenting intervention for single fathers in Detroit

By Tina Adkins My friend and colleague at Wayne State University School of Social Work, Dr. Carolyn Dayton, called me one day this Spring and said: “Tina, you are never going to believe what this man is doing in Detroit – he’s some kind of natural born social worker!” She proceeded to tell me about

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Why being reflective is so important for foster and adopted children

Thanks to a generous grant from Sue Fairbanks, TXICFW will be conducting a Randomized Control Trial of “Family Minds” this year. Research Associate Tina Adkins developed the intervention as her Ph.D. thesis after years out in the field working with parents involved with the foster care system.  We sat down with Tina to learn more

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