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Chapter 15 - Working with Families

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
Affiliation:
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London
Peter Fonagy
Affiliation:
University College London
Chloe Campbell
Affiliation:
University College London
Patrick Luyten
Affiliation:
University College London
Martin Debbané
Affiliation:
University College London
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Summary

In MBT for families (MBT-F), psychoeducation leads to learning about mentalizing problems. Techniques that stabilize mentalizing in all family members are discussed. The stabilizing of individual and interactive mentalizing in the family is achieved through exploration of identified problems using the MBT Loop to bring the family members together so as to create a sense of collectively mentalizing the moment, while also holding on to the idea that each family member has a different perspective. The aim is to generate perspectives from all family members, and then to work on a shared perspective. Exercises are used to enhance this process, and these are illustrated using clinical examples.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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