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  1. 1. A two day workshop outlining mentalizing theory and developing clinical skills for supporting Parental Reflective Function (PRF). Presented by Anna Freud Centre accredited MBT practitioner and supervisor. Mentalization refers to the fundamental human capacity to apprehend our own as well as others’ minds as minds. Mentalizing is the process by which we make sense of behaviour as being driven by underlying mental states. This elemental social capacity is important for emotional regulation, development of a coherent sense of self, and successful relationships. Reflective functioning refers to the measurable assessment of mentalization capacity. Mentalizing deficits are now recognised as underlying many severe conditions that lead to referral for psychological therapy. A growing body of literature supports the central role of the early attachment relationship in supporting the development of this crucial mental capacity. High reflective capacity in parents is associated with a range of positive outcomes for children including: more secure attachments, earlier development of theory of mind, better social skills, psychological health and resilience in adversity. Supporting Parental Reflective Function and mentalizing in parents then, becomes an important skill for mental health clinicians working with families. Workshop Outline Mentalizing and Parental Reflective Functioning (PRF) 1 This seminar will focus on the origins and characteristics of reflective functioning and mentalizing. The relationship between PRF and secure attachment will be outlined as well as the evidence for developmental interruptions to the development of mentalizing capacity. The role of mentalizing in affect regulation, development of the self and relationships will be discussed. Mentalizing and Parental Reflective Functioning (PRF) 2 The impact of categories of childhood trauma on the development of mentalizing capacity will be discussed. The characteristics of robust mentalizing will be outlined and the session will include a role play task of working with a parent-infant dyad examining facets of robust and poor mentalising. The Reflective/Mentalizing Practitioner: This seminar will focus on the mentalizing clinician's stance and, in particular, describe and demonstrate key mentalizing techniques such as the use of self, transparency and non-defensiveness and how these characteristics of the clinician can support mentalizing in the client. The unknowing, mind-curious stance will be demonstrated in a role play, initially by the presenters and then with participants followed by group discussion and feedback. Setting a specifically mentalizing frame with parents will be discussed, with clinical examples. Increasing Mentalizing in Parents of Infants: This seminar will begin with an outline of the stages of therapeutic work with parents of infants. The role of containment and establishing epistemic trust in supporting mentalizing will be discussed. Through the use of video vignettes of a parent and baby, with attention paid to readiness and stages of therapy, there will then be discussion of how to observe and measure reflective functioning in a parent, and then intervene to increase the parents' capacity to imagine the mind and the experience of their infant. Participants will role play working with a parent and young infant, with guidance on how to promote a mentalizing and mind-minded stance in the parent. Supporting Parental Reflective Function andSupporting Parental Reflective Function and Mentalizing in Parents of InfantsMentalizing in Parents of Infants
  2. 2. At the completion of the worshop participants can expect to be able to: 1. Define the characteristics of mentalizing 2. Assess aspects of mentalizing and parental reflective capacity 3. Understand the mentalizing clinician’s stance 4. Understand the impact of trauma on the development of mentalizing capacity 5. Apply clinical interventions aimed at enhancing PRF and mentalizing The Presenters Margie Stuchbery M.Psych (Couns), MAPS, MCCLP Margie has completed the practitioner level MBT training and been supervised by Anthony Bateman since 2011. She is now an Anna Freud Centre accredited MBT supervisor. Margie is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ perinatal mental health experience working with infants, children and their families in public and private health systems. Margie practices MBT and applies MBT principles in supervision to clinical psychologists, postgraduate students, advanced trainees in Psychiatry and mental health workers in juvenile justice and child protection. She is also an accredited practitioner of the parent-infant therapy Watch, Wait and Wonder and has trained in the use of the Parent Development Interview to assess Parental Reflective Functioning. She works in private practice in Leichhardt and Randwick. John Butters John Butters is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience. He has received introductory and practitioner training in MBT through the Anna Freud Centre, and is currently completing postgraduate research into attachment variation and epistemic trust, at Macquarie University. His current clinical interests are in the use of mentalizing to support treatment of trauma and personality disorders. He has extensive training in Self Psychology and Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has worked for many years in psychiatric settings. When not worrying his family with quite awful guitar skills, he is in private practice in Pyrmont. Note: Places at this intensive workshop will be limited in order to maximise learning, interaction and appropriate feedback to participants, so please register early. Supporting Parental Reflective Function andSupporting Parental Reflective Function and Mentalizing in Parents of InfantsMentalizing in Parents of Infants Date: Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March 2016 Venue: Maddison House 761 Darling street Rozelle, NSW, 2039 Cost: $590 Time: 9 am to 5 pm (Registration 8.30- 9am) To book a place at this event follow the link: http://www.trybooking.com/JSJG or at http://maternalconnections.com.au/services/mbt/
  3. 3. A 90% refund of the total cost will be issued if cancellation is received up to December 31st 2015 . A 50 % refund of the total cost will be issued if cancellation is received before 12th February 2016. No refund will be issued after the 12th February.

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