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2017 Summer Institute Intensive Session

Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute

Session 4

Cultural Variations in Parenting:  An exploration of historical, societal, and personal influences on parenting


As Minnesota is home to families from many cultures, we as service providers have the challenge and responsibility to learn about the many ways that parents raise their children. In this two day workshop, we will discuss cultural differences in care-taking practices and family and societal values. We will explore the intersection between cultural differences, historical trauma, family trauma, and mental health and how it relates to parenting. We will also have the opportunity to examine our own assumptions about parenting and think about challenges that may occur in cross-formation from cultural anthropological resesarch as well as personal interviews.

Session Objectives

In this session, participants will:

  • Develop awareness of cross-cultural parenting goals that inform parenting practices
  • Become familiar with cultural differences in care-taking practices regarding food, sleep, and toileting
  • Identify complexities in distinguishing between different, unhealthy, and dangerous parenting practices
  • Apply a cultural lens to their own parenting practices to understand how they affect interactions with client families

Intended Audience

Professionals who work with parents and children

Intended Skill Level

Beginning and intermediate


Carol SiegelCarol Siegel, Ph.D., LP, is a clinical psychologist in Minneapolis who sees parents and young children in her private practice. Her primary clinical focus is parenting and issues encountered by parents with complex histories. Carol began studying infant/parent relationships and developmental movement as a trainee at Child Development Research in New York. She received her doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California and trained at the Infant Parent Program at the University of California, San Francisco, the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, and McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, in Belmont, Massachusetts.

In addition to private practice, Carol teaches in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota. She also provides training, collaboration, and consultation to professionals and home-visiting programs on topics such as high-risk families, child-parent psychotherapy, attachment and infant mental health, parenting and parental mental health issues, and reflective practice.

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