Mentalizing: Its Function in Mental Health Treatment

Title: Mentalizing: Its Function in Mental Health Treatment

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

12 pm Central Time

Flynn O’Malley, PhD, and Kula Moore, LPC, ATR-BC, CPRP

Despite multiple courses of competent treatment, many patients find themselves either unable to make significant progress in treatment or sustain their progress. They approach treatment with little hope that treatment can make a difference. These patients often have co-morbid conditions and are seen by treaters as refractory. This webinar addresses processes for engagement of such patients and focuses on how to help them identify and examine their core issues, those circumstances and ways of thinking that have continued to impede their progress.

Mentalizing involves the ability to take on multiple perspectives about one’s own thoughts and feelings and those of others. It is seen as a fundamental process necessary for the establishment of secure attachments. The ability to mentalize, to thoughtfully reflect on the mental states of self and others, is also a necessary capacity in the development of a therapeutic alliance and the collaborative exploration of core issues.

This webinar focuses on various methods that help both patients and treating professionals improve their abilities to mentalize and how this process facilitates a sense of shared responsibility for successful treatment.

Central to the webinar is the therapist’s view of his or her role. Specific discussion will focus on what the therapist attends to in sessions, the nature of the therapist’s communications and the presenters’ view of movement away from the therapist as bringer of insight and toward the therapist as facilitator of collaborative thinking.

Examples from individual therapy, as well as educational and experiential group processes, will be presented.

Following the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand how mentalizing is an important skill and an attitude that can be enhanced by education and training.
  2. Employ a “mentalizing stance” in interviewing and working with patients.
  3. Identify various approaches to educating their patients about mentalizing and therapeutic collaboration.

Please note this is not a CE event.
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