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10/06/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/06/2017 13:16

Dr. Virginia Brabender publishes resource for expectant therapists

Dr. Virginia Brabender, a professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, recently co-wrote a resource for expectant therapists.

Dr. Virginia Brabender, a professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, recently co-wrote The Impact of Parenthood on the Therapeutic Relationship: Awaiting the Therapist's Baby, a resource dedicated to exploring a range of reactions patients and clients have to the circumstance of a child entering the therapist's family.

Released on Aug. 11, the book demonstrates how these varying reactions can be used to advance therapeutic development and how to achieve well-being in the workplace while waiting for the arrival of a baby.

'Therapists in training have been extremely surprised by the intensity of their patients' reactions to emerging parenthood,' Brabender said. 'They discover that pregnancy is a particularly potent stimulus for dependency, anger, envy, jealousy and other challenging feelings and impulses.'

Dr. April Fallon, a clinical professor at Drexel University College of Medicine and faculty member at Fielding Graduate University, wrote this resource with Brabender as a second edition to the previously published Awaiting the Therapist's Baby: A Guide for Expectant Parent-practitioners, which was released in December 2002. Fallon and Brabender have collaborated on numerous publications surrounding such topics as group therapy and adoptive parents in addition to working with many trainee-psychotherapists over the years.

As a professor at Widener, Brabender has been involved with the practice and science of psychology, aiming to nurture openness to different points of view. Her research has been in the areas of psychological assessment, group psychotherapy, as well as ethical and training issues for psychologists and clinicians' personal-professional development.

This second edition emphasizes psychological and physiological changes on treatment, recognizes non-traditional family structures, patients' reactions as well as the reactions of the therapists, incorporates the latest original research as well as that of other scholars, considers the many difficulties on the path to parenthood, such as miscarriages and fertility issues, and discusses how these adverse occurrences influence therapists as they pursue their work with patients.

'This book gives therapists the tools to use these personal life events to strengthen the therapist-patient bond and enhance the treatment,' Brabender said.

The text was published by Routledge and is available on

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