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Chapter 13 - Working with Children

from Part IV - Application of Mentalization-Based Treatment in Different Populations and in Different Settings

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 May 2023

Anthony Bateman
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London
Peter Fonagy
University College London
Chloe Campbell
University College London
Patrick Luyten
University College London
Martin Debbané
University College London
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MBT-Children (MBT-C) targets the mentalizing of children and their families. A range of techniques that are tailored to the child’s mentalizing capacity are discussed in this chapter. MBT-C involves working not only with the child but also with the parents, to support their capacity to adopt a mentalizing stance toward their child. The mentalizing approach seeks to help parents to view their child as a separate person with their own mind and experiences, and to enable the parents to become more open to thinking about the mental states that might drive their child’s behavior. MBT-C is a play-centered approach. The chapter includes clinical examples that demonstrate how the intervention needs to be tailored to the child’s age and mentalizing abilities.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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