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Intersubjectivity between parent and child

Useful article to help parents understand a connection between a parent and child.

In my role I regularly speak with foster parents about the confusion that can arise from a sense of not feeling fully connected to their foster child. This could also be described as feeling like they are “not on the same page”.

This article addresses the reasons behind this and examines what these feelings are based on and how all elements of communication are built on the foundations of “intersubjectivity”.

Do you sometimes feel you do not understand your child and/or they do not understand you? Hopefully this resource will help remind you of the importance of intersubjectivity or introduce you to the subject.


About the Author

Richard Sockett – Therapeutic Parenting Lead at Regional Foster Families

I am the fostering agency Therapeutic Parenting Lead (DDP informed) and started my counselling training in 2011 becoming fully qualified in 2016. I have worked for the agency for the last 13 years.

My qualifications in respect of therapy are an advanced diploma in integrative counselling which is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) whom I remain a registered member with.

I spent three and a half years volunteering at Personal Recovery Services as part of my training, an organisation that specialised in working with historic sexual abuse, working with both adults and teenagers.

I have consequently gone on and trained in Level 1 and 2 of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

I have worked in various roles in the social care field specifically with looked after children for the past 20 years. I was a deputy team manager of a specialist (children’s) outreach team dealing with crisis interventions, a deputy residential home manager, an NVQ assessor (up to level 4 management), a trainer in dealing with challenging behaviour, drug awareness and therapeutic parenting.


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