Minding the Child: Mentalization-Based Interventions With Children, Young People and Their Families

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Published UK, 2012
This book considers the implications of the concept of mentalization for a range of therapeutic interventions with children and families. Mentalization, and the empirical research which has supported it, now plays a significant role in a range of psychotherapies for adults. In this book we see how these rich ideas about the development of the self and interpersonal relatedness can help to foster the emotional well-being of children and young people. With contributions from a range of international experts, the three main parts of the book explore:

+  The concept of mentalization from a theoretical and research perspective
+  The value of mentalization-based interventions within child mental health services
+  The application of mentalizing ideas to work in community settings

CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
Mentalization-based treatment for parents with borderline personality disorder and their infants
Mentalization-based therapies with adopted children and their families
Self-harm in young people
Thinking and feeling within the context of chronic illness
Developmental approach to mentalizaing communities through the Peaceful Schools experiment
Promoting mentalization communities for children

Nick Midgley is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in London.
Paperback. 225 pages


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