MCH Seminar–Supporting Parent-Child Relationships: Opportunities for Promoting Future Mental Health

On February 17th Nikki Lively gave a presentation about the potential for the prevention of mental illness in a family system by intervening with mothers of infants who are struggling in this relationship due to postpartum depression or anxiety. The development of the MotherCare Circle, a psychoeducational group translating attachment theory into real lessons for parents to understand and relate to their infant, was discussed in terms of its challenges and rewards.

Nikki Lively, MA, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker in the Women’s Mental Health program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Medical Center. Ms. Lively provides individual, couples, and family therapy specializing in the treatment of mood disorders, particularly mood disturbances within the reproductive cycle and eating disorders.

Click here for the powerpoint presentation and the audio recording of the presentation.

Relevant Links/Resources:

Family Secrets: Beyond Baby Blues

Circle of Security Website

Educational group for Pregnant and Postpartum Women at UIC