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Mentalising Complex Mental Health Problems: Practical Applications

26 March 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This event is for DCP Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health members. Registration is required. Please see the Pricing tab for more information.
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Personality & Complex Trauma Network (PACT) (PCMHfac) Annual Conference

Mentalisation based approaches were originally developed for people with complex personality difficulties, such as those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.  However the applications and evidence base have grown significantly to now cover a wide range of ages, settings and presenting difficulties, all with an attachment theory and neurobiological underpinning.  This conference will provide an introduction and overview to this approach from one of the emminent pioneers in the field, Prof Peter Fonagy, followed by workshops offering examples of applying mentalising in practice, from both a professional and expert-by-experience perspective.

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BPS London Office,
30 Tabernacle Street,

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Mentalisation based therapy: Introduction and Overvie
Professor Peter Fonagy,
OBE Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science and Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

11:00 Break
11:15 Professor Peter Fonagy continued
12:30 Lunch
13:15 PACT Network meeting

Choice of workshops:
“Setting up an MBT pathway in adult mental health”

Stuart Mitchell
“An experts-by-experience perspective of MBT in adult mental health”
Emma Hickey and Experts-by-experience

14:30 Tea

Choice of workshops:
“Using MBT with people with anti-social presentations”
Speaker tbc

Applying the “Mentalising Stance” - An experiential workshop

Helena Crockford & Stuart Mitchell

15:45 Plenary – Reflections
16:00 End

Speakers’ Biographies

Professor Peter Fonagy, OBE, FMedSci, FBA, FAcSS, PhD, is Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science and Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London; Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine; and holds visiting professorships at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools.

He has published over 450 scientific papers and 250 chapters, and has authored or co-authored 18 books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences and the American Association for Psychological Science, and was elected to Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Psychiatrists. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from several national and international professional associations in respect of his work on child development, personality disorder and mental health.

His clinical and research interests centre on issues of early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder and violence. A major focus of Professor Fonagy’s contribution has been an innovative research-based dynamic therapeutic approach, Mentalization-Based Treatment, which was developed in collaboration with a number of clinical sites in the UK and USA.

Helena Crockford is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in adult mental health in Norfolk and Co-chair of the PACT Network of the PCMHfac , DCP.  She has used mentalisation based approaches with people with personality difficulties, complex trauma and dissociation for many years and leads on training for mental health staff in mentalising skills in her trust. 

Stuart Mitchell is Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Trust Lead for Personality Disorder in the NE of Enland.  He is also Co-chair of the PACT Network of the PCMHfac , DCP.  More info to follow.

Emma Hickey is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NW of England. More info to follow.


Who can attend?

This is a free event for members of Division of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health (DCP PCMH) only.


Registration information

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