Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice
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Mentalization-based therapy is a specific type of psychotherapy designed to help people consider their own thoughts and feelings and differentiate them from the perspectives of others. The editors are the foremost experts on mentalizing, having published two previous books and a multitude of scholarly papers defining it and describing its multiple clinical applications. Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice is by far the most cutting-edge, comprehensive source of information and instruction on this critical therapeutic technique, with everything clinicians need to know to integrate mentalizing into their therapeutic repertoire. The editors maintain that the aim of mentalizing therapy is to enhance a mentalizing process, regardless of the context in which it is being delivered. Thus, while most often employed in individual therapy, it can also be useful in group and family therapy situations. Similarly, it may prove equally effective in inpatient and outpatient contexts, and in standard and brief therapy modes. What is critical is the therapist's focus on the patient's "mind-mindedness" as it applies to his or her subjective experience of reality and to awareness of other people's perspectives. Here are some of the key observations made in this fascinating book:  Evidence suggests that people who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder may have specific deficits in mentalizing in the context of attachment relationships, and that this group transcends the classification of borderline personality disorder (BPD), which the authors had previously identified with such deficits. This has profound implications for treatment of all types of personality disorders. The authors now see mentalizing as a developmental construct that is extended to the family and throughout an individual's development. This insight suggests that intervention -- and even prevention of deficits -- may be possible. Because mentalizing is a fundamental psychological process, it interfaces with all major mental disorders. This means that mentalizing techniques may have the potential to improve well-being across a range of disorders, including depression, eating disorders, addiction, and even the less severe forms of antisocial personality disorder. Adolescence, the phase of development where personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other disorders first emerge, is a critical period for identification of mentalizing deficits and the time when intervention can do enormous good. These insights are tremendously useful for any practitioner of psychotherapy, as well as students in the field. Exhaustive in its coverage of the nature, practice, and exciting potential of this relatively new approach, Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice is destined to become a classic in the literature of psychotherapy.show more

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  • Paperback | 617 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 38.1mm | 1,270.05g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 1 Halftones, black and white; 18 Line drawings, unspecified; 52 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585623725
  • 9781585623723
  • 63,035

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Clear descriptions, with vivid vignettes, of the various ways mentalisation can break down proved useful throughout.... Sections on thinking how mentalisation-based therapy could be applied to units, wards, hospitals, prisons and even society at large were thought provoking in the best way possible and could lead clinicians to trying it in their own environs. * Jon Patrick, British Journal of Psychiatry * The wide-ranging nature of the chapters by the 27 different contributing authors means that there is something here that will attract most mental health clinicians....The handbook provides detailed explanations and examples of the therapeutic approach, along with a range of practical aids to the clinician wishing to work in this manner. It is, in this way, a deeply practical as well as theoretical handbook .I strongly recommend it to any clinician working in the field of mental health or researcher interested in our capacity to hold other minds in mind. * Padraig Collins, PsycCRITIQUES * Anthony W. Bateman's and Peter Fonagy's Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice offers a comprehensive guide to mentalization and its various applications in clinical settings and therapy treatments . This is a great manual for both therapists who are trying to evolve methods of treatment, and patients who are trying to understand a related situation better. * Malorie Mella, Somatic Psychotherapy Today: The USABP Magazine * This extremely valuable volume illuminates the capacity to mentalize as a previously sensed, but not articulated, essential component of healthy growth and development. Mentalization is an issue for patients across all diagnostic categories, and should be assessed, tracked, and enhanced in psychotherapeutic treatments of all theoretical orientations. * Susan G. Lazar, M.D., Journal of Psychiatric Practice January 2013 *show more

About Anthony W. Bateman

Anthony W. Bateman, M.A., F.R.C.Psych., is Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Halliwick Unit, St. Ann's Hospital, Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health Trust; Visiting Professor, University College London.Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A., is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London; and Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine.show more

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Mentalizing is the fundamental human capacity to "read" one's own and others' mental states such as thoughts and feelings. The editors of Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice have authored two previous books aimed at establishing mentalizing as a developmental and clinical concept. Here they further explore mentalizing as a fundamental psychological process and seek to extend its use across a wide range of disorders, particularly in the treatment of patients with personality disorders and in preventive intervention in childhood. The first part of the book helps the reader understand the impact of a mentalizing perspective on the treatment of patients in different psychotherapy contexts. The second part focuses on the patient, identifying effective techniques for a variety of illnesses including depression, trauma, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, and drug addiction. Throughout, the contributors persuasively argue that the promotion of "mind-mindedness" in both patient and clinician is critical to any therapy. Across modalities, Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice is essential reading for mental health clinicians.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsDisclosure of InterestsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: Clinical PracticeChapter 1. Introduction and OverviewChapter 2. Assessment of MentalizationChapter 3. Individual Techniques of the Basic ModelChapter 4. Group Therapy TechniquesChapter 5. Mentalization-Based Family TherapyChapter 6. Mentalization-Informed Child Psychoanalytic PsychotherapyChapter 7. Brief TreatmentChapter 8. Partial Hospitalization SettingsChapter 9. Outpatient SettingsChapter 10. Psychodynamically Oriented Therapeutic SettingsPart II: Specific ApplicationsChapter 11. Borderline Personality DisorderChapter 12. Antisocial Personality DisorderChapter 13. At-Risk Mothers of Infants and ToddlersChapter 14. Eating DisordersChapter 15. DepressionChapter 16. TraumaChapter 17. Drug AddictionChapter 18. Adolescent Breakdown and Emerging Borderline Personality DisorderGlossaryReferencesIndexshow more

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