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Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) Seminar 4

Join us on this series to equip you with further knowledge, understanding and continue your development in mentalizing.

About this seminar series

If we are mentalizing successfully, we are able to understand what is going on in our own minds and in the minds of other people, and realise how this is affecting the emotions, thoughts, and actions of ourselves and others. This understanding of our own perspectives as well as those of other people leads to more successful interactions and social relationships.

Join us on this series to equip you with further knowledge, understanding and continue your development in mentalizing. Each half day seminar will encompass two topics accompanied by group discussion. We will invite participants to take part in small group work and encourage active participation.

This 4th Seminar in our series will be delivered by professors Martin Debbane, Nader Perroud and Svenja Taubner. 

About this seminar

Since its inception the capacity to mentalize, as conceptualized by Fonagy and colleagues, is proposed to rest upon three main developmental pillars: affect representation, reflective function and attentional control. Curiously, attentional control has been left out of the focus of both mentalization-informed research and mentalization-based therapy manuals. Additionally, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders along the lifespan have been timidly approached by clinicians trained in MBT. In this presentation, we will present some recent work on the relationships entertained between attention control and mentalizing. Pr Perroud and Debbané will briefly survey empirical research demonstrating the close ties mentalizing entertains with attentional control along the lifespan. They will then present the therapeutic framework developed and researched over the past 8 years, and some preliminary results which suggests that MBT may hold value in the clinical management of ADHD along the lifespan.

MBT has since its development focused on problems in personality functioning related to impulsive self-destructive or other-destructive behavior. As such, MBT has been applied to Anti-Social-Personality Disorder and recently to conduct disorder in adolescents. Prof. Taubner will present the clinical model how to adress violent behavior in adolescents and their families effectively by summarizing the research and showing clinical vignettes.


14.00-15.45 - Mentalizing and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). - Profs Martin Debbane and Nader Perroud  


16.15-18.00 - Mentalizing and conduct disorder - Prof Svenja Taubner 

Aims of this seminar

  • To develop clinical skills.

  • To gain further knowledge on Mentalizing and MBT.

  • To gain an understanding on developments and clinical research on Mentalizing.

  • An opportunity to engage in discussion and small group work with leading speakers.

Who is this seminar for?

The series is designed and suitable for those who have a working knowledge of Mentalizing and MBT, those who are engaged in areas of psychological treatments and research, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Mentalizing and MBT as part of their personal programme of continuing professional development.

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