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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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Mentalisation based therapy was 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 underpinned by an attachment theory and neurobiological perspective.

This conference will provide an introduction and overview to this approach from one of the eminent 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 Overview
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:
“The trials, tribulations and triumphs of an MBT programme for adults within a specialist personality disorder service”
Dr Stuart Mitchell,
Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Julia Harrison, Senior Psychological Therapist  - Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust

“An insiders view of MBT"
Emma Hickey, Expert-by-Occupation,
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust;  
Debz Parrington & Mie Wall, Experts-by-Experience

14:30 Tea

Choice of workshops:
“Using MBT with people with anti-social presentations”
Dr. Emily Turton, Senior Clinical Psychologist, East London Foundation Trust & David Stead, Specialist Personality Disorder Probation Officer

Putting it into practice: “Mentalising Stance” - An experiential workshop
Helena Crockford,
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust & Dr Stuart Mitchell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Trust

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 is Co-chair of the PACT Network of the PCMHfac, DCP.  She has applied mentalisation based approaches with people with personality difficulties, complex trauma and dissociation for many years, both individually and in groups.  She leads on training and supervision for mental health staff in mentalising skills in her trust.  She is also a qualified DBT therapist, led a DBT treatment programme for people with personality difficulties, and a trust network for professionals running emotional regulation groups in different settings.  

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.  He is a trained, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and EMDR and DBT therapist. He trained in basic and advanced MBT with Anthony Bateman & Peter Fonagy in 2006/8 and in MBT skills with Anthony and Linda Treliving in 2012, and is an MBT trainer. Stuart has developed alongside other colleagues a Personality Disorder Pathway in his Trust, including SCM, and is service lead for the Trust-wide PD Hub team. He has been practising MBT since 2006, including running full programme MBT, individual MBT and MBTi.

Julia Harrison is a Senior Psychological Therapist in the North East of England. After qualifying as an Occupational Therapist, she went on to do post-graduate training in CBT, gaining accreditation in 2006. She has subsequently worked within a range of  models, becoming an MBT practitioner in 2016. Julia has worked with various client populations, and in a variety of settings including inpatient, forensic and  community services.  Julia currently works for NTW’s Specialist Personality Disorder Service,  a team providing  assessment and intervention to individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder who also present with high levels of risk to self.

Emma Hickey is an Expert by Occupation (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) with North West Boroughs NHS foundation Trust.  She has been an enthusiastic advocate of Mentalisation Based Treatments (MBT) for many years and has established and led MBT programmes within the Trust as part of a Personality Disorder pathway. Emma aspires to a coproduction model and works in partnership with Experts by Experience to enhance and develop the service.

Debz Parrington is an Expert By Experience with the Involvement Scheme for North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust. She completed MBT over a year ago following a diagnosis of Personality Disorder (PD). By sharing her experiences and collaborating with Experts By Occupation she hopes to help improve services and ultimately provide hope to those with a PD diagnosis.

Mie Wall is an Expert By Experience (EbE) with the Involvement Scheme for North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust, part of the Personality Disorder (PD) Hub, the Governance for PD and the EbE group LExE of Liverpool University. She completed MBT almost 2 years ago after other therapies following a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). By sharing her experiences and working in true co-production with Experts By Occupation (EbO) she hopes to help improve services for both service users and EbO’s and that way provide hope and better experiences to those with a PD diagnosis and other mental health issues.

Dr. Emily Turton is a Senior Clinical Psychologist employed by East London NHS Foundation Trust with a specialist interest in complex trauma. As part of the UCL randomised controlled research trial she facilitates a MBT group for male offenders with diagnoses of antisocial personality disorder. In addition to this, she works in a long stay, medium secure ward for high risk, high harm male offenders with personality disorders, who have been unable to progress through the system.

David Stead is a Personality Disorder Specialist Probation Officer in Hackney, East London. He studied Criminology at Sheffield University and Kings College London with a particular focus on the penal system and indeterminate sentences. He worked briefly in prisons before training as a Probation Officer in Hampshire in 2011. I took on his specialist role in 2015 is also a facilitator for MBT.


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.

Experts By Experience including carers/supporters are welcome to attend, and can do so by joining the faculty as Associate members”

Registration information

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