Integration of Neuroscience, Attachment, and Psychoanalytic Thinking
Mentalization, or mentalizing, is a concept introduced into neuroscience and psychoanalytic thinking to denote the fundamental human capacity to understand our own and others’ minds as minds. Early disruptions in attachment and later trauma can interrupt this critical developmental function and result in psychopathology, most notably disorders of self-experience. A mentalization-focused approach was advanced by Peter Fonagy at the Anna Freud Center. Fonagy and Anthony Bateman manualized Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and expanded its application to other problems, including marital and family conflict, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and other personality disorders. This treatment is grounded in attachment, psychoanalytic and ecological systems theory, and has been empirically studied and used at many psychoanalytic centers. Participants will learn MBT theory and techniques that can be applied to their present work. Clinical vignettes, including videos of MBT in action, will be used to translate theory into practice.
Participants will be able to:
Identify the core concepts of Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT) and its theoretical underpinnings from attachment, psychoanalytic, and ecological systems theory.
Apply specific MBT interventions to a broad range of psychopathology, including borderline personality disorder.
Demonstrate MBT’s application in the treatment of adult individuals, adolescents, couples, families and groups.
Describe adaptive mentalizing and non-mentalizing interactions and mental processes in patients.
Demonstrate a mentalizing therapeutic stance and how it facilities treatment outcome.
Starr Kelton-Locke, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and psychoanalyst who has been in practice in Marin for 27 years. She specializes in the treatment of individuals, families, and couples. Dr. Kelton-Locke trained in Mentalization with its founders, Fonagy and Bateman, and UCLA’s Semel Institute.
This course is designed for clinicians with moderate experience in clinical work and at least introductory background in the principles of attachment theory.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.