How can a mother feel a drug is more important than her baby? That question has perplexed policy makers, anguished families, and tormented women facing the complex challenges of addiction, recovery and childcare. Nancy E. Suchman, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine is working on answering that question and helping mothers coping with addiction and caring for their children.
She is pioneering a program called “Mothering from the Inside Out,” (MIO), now underway at Yale as part of NIH-funded research.Mothers in recovery learn to use mentalization in managing their own emotions and tending the emotional and physical needs of their children. In one of her articles Dr. Suchman defines mentalization, or reflective functioning, as “the capacity to make sense of behavior, in oneself and others, in terms of the underlying thoughts, emotions, wishes and intentions.”
Join Nancy Suchman for a Plexus Pop-Up Conversation about her work and how mentalization is proving to be a powerful approach for shifting negative behavioral patterns. Read the longer post here.