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Introduction to Mentalization based approaches: Theory and application to clinical practice.

Thursday 30th April 2015 at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Mentalizing is the capacity to understand and reflect on the causes of thoughts and feelings as intentional mental states of self and others and the connections between them. The ability to mentalize can be beneficial in forming secure attachments, appropriate affect regulation and attentional control in addition to developing less externalizing and internalizing problems. Originally Mentalization based treatment was developed for people with borderline personality disorder. More recently, a number of other training programmes have been developed to work with families, adolescents and adults with a number of different presentations.

This workshop will begin with an overview of the theory of mentalization and mentalization based treatments. The workshop will then provide details of the application of the theory of mentalization to different clinical contexts. Consideration will be given to working with; adults with personality disorders, parents, children, families, and fostering and adoption services.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Gaining an understanding of Mentalization-based treatment for therapeutic work
  • Increased understanding and formulation skills to integrate with current therapeutic approaches
  • Increased proficiency in using principles of mentalization-based interventions
  • Extending these skills to indirect work with teams

Who is the course intended for?

All psychologists and mental health professionals.

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Thursday 30th April 2015

09:30Registration and refreshments
10:00Start (there will be a break for lunch and lunch will be provided)

Speakers and Facilitators

Sally Wood

Sally Wood is trained as a Family Therapist and Family Therapy Supervisor and is currently the Professional Lead for Systemic Practice in the Social Work: Working for Families Service in Cambridgeshire County Council. Previously, Sally has worked as a clinical lead in a specialist CAMHS Service for Fostering and Adoption and at the Anna Freud Centre in their Mentalization Based Family Support Service. Sally is trained in Mentalization based approaches and DDP and has an interest in Psychoanalytic work.

Dr Helen Brasnett

Helen is trained as a Clinical Psychologist and currently works at the Anna Freud Centre. The Anna Freud Centre is renowned for being a leading centre for the development of mentalization based treatment and research. Helen delivers Mentalization Based Treatment for Families clinically and is a tutor on the Mentalization course at the Anna Freud Centre. Helen has experience working within adult mental health, CAMHS, and within educational settings.


Trinity Park

Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 8UH. •  Website•  Directions

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