Making Room for Dad: moving beyond the dyad


Montreal Children's Hospital Forbes Cushing Amphitheatre, D-182, 2300 Tupper Street, Montreal, QC, H3H 1P3, CA

Dr. Diane A. Philipp

Understanding Father-Mother-Baby Interactions: the Lausanne Trilogue Play paradigm and Adding Fathers into the Mother-Infant Treatment: reflective family play    Dr Philipp is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School, and is on faculty at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (HDC), where she has headed an Infant and Preschool Treatment and Assessment team since 1998. In 2003-2004 Dr. Philipp spent a year in Lausanne learning about the Lausanne Trilogue Play paradigm (LTP). The LTP is a tool used to assess the family alliance and co-parenting in families, and it has become routine in the evaluation process of families with very young children coming to the HDC. As well, Dr. Philipp has developed a model of brief family therapy that combines her training in attachment-focused treatments with the more systems-based approach of the LTP. Thus was born a new treatment, Reflective Family Play (RFP) that brings mothers and fathers into parent-infant treatment together, and allows clinicians and families to explore issues such as coparenting as well as sibling rivalry.

Dr. Daniel Paquette

The Father-Child Activation Relationship: theory and method

Dr Paquette is an ethologist and primatologist. After having carried-out research on the development of aggression in young chimpanzees, he studied the development of children of adolescent mothers at the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal-Institut Universitaire. He is now Professor of Psychoeducation at the University of Montreal. He teaches evolutionary developmental psychology and observational methods. His research interests include aggression, attachment, parenting behaviour, fathering, competition and physical play in preschool children. He wrote the first evolutionary theory of fathering in humans (the activation relationship theory) and created a procedure to evaluate the father-child attachment (the risky situation).

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