Listening to The Silenced Child

The following interview is part of a cutting-edge series of video interviews called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids being aired exclusively on Mad in America.

This series has as its aim educating parents about the current mental disorder paradigm as it relates to children. It also offers many useful tips about how to raise more resilient children and how to become a more skillful parent. In this series of more than thirty interviews, we share information about the diverse resources available to parents, including alternative ones.

We hope that you’ll follow this important series. Mental health advocate Heather Juergensen hosts the interviews, each of which introduces you to an interesting guest speaking on a subject of importance to parents. We hope that you enjoy this series, benefit from it, and decide to alert other parents to its existence!

Today’s guest is Claudia Gold, MD. Claudia Gold is a pediatrician and a writer with a long-standing interest in addressing children’s mental health needs in a preventive model. She has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for over 20 years, and currently specializes in early childhood mental health.

She’s the author of The Silenced Child: From Labels, Medications, and Quick Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth, and Lifelong Resilienceand Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Tantrums, Defiance, and other Everyday Problems by Seeing the World Through Your Child’s Eyes. She’s on the faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Program at UMass Boston, the Brazelton Institute, William James College, and the Austen Riggs Center.

Links of Interest:

Claudia Gold’s Website (Includes her books)

Information on DW Winnicott

Information on Peter Fonagy

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