Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice [NOOK Book]


Mentalization-based therapy is a specific type of psychotherapy designed to help people consider their own thoughts and feelings and differentiate them from the perspectives of others. The editors are the foremost experts on mentalizing, having published two previous books and a multitude of scholarly papers defining it and describing its multiple clinical applications. Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice is by far the most cutting-edge, comprehensive source of information and instruction on this ...

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Mentalization-based therapy is a specific type of psychotherapy designed to help people consider their own thoughts and feelings and differentiate them from the perspectives of others. The editors are the foremost experts on mentalizing, having published two previous books and a multitude of scholarly papers defining it and describing its multiple clinical applications. Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice is by far the most cutting-edge, comprehensive source of information and instruction on this critical therapeutic technique, with everything clinicians need to know to integrate mentalizing into their therapeutic repertoire.

The editors maintain that the aim of mentalizing therapy is to enhance a mentalizing process, regardless of the context in which it is being delivered. Thus, while most often employed in individual therapy, it can also be useful in group and family therapy situations. Similarly, it may prove equally effective in inpatient and outpatient contexts, and in standard and brief therapy modes. What is critical is the therapist's focus on the patient's "mind-mindedness" as it applies to his or her subjective experience of reality and to awareness of other people's perspectives. Here are some of the key observations made in this fascinating book: • Evidence suggests that people who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder may have specific deficits in mentalizing in the context of attachment relationships, and that this group transcends the classification of borderline personality disorder (BPD), which the authors had previously identified with such deficits. This has profound implications for treatment of all types of personality disorders.• The authors now see mentalizing as a developmental construct that is extended to the family and throughout an individual's development. This insight suggests that intervention -- and even prevention of deficits -- may be possible.• Because mentalizing is a fundamental psychological process, it interfaces with all major mental disorders. This means that mentalizing techniques may have the potential to improve well-being across a range of disorders, including depression, eating disorders, addiction, and even the less severe forms of antisocial personality disorder.• Adolescence, the phase of development where personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other disorders first emerge, is a critical period for identification of mentalizing deficits and the time when intervention can do enormous good.

These insights are tremendously useful for any practitioner of psychotherapy, as well as students in the field. Exhaustive in its coverage of the nature, practice, and exciting potential of this relatively new approach, Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice is destined to become a classic in the literature of psychotherapy.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is the latest book intended to establish "mentalizing as a developmental and clinical concept." It is both an introduction to mentalizing and a primer on how to use it in clinical practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to continue the process of establishing mentalizing as a developmental and clinical concept, and to instruct clinicians in its use with patients.
Audience: It is intended for any mental health practitioner seeking to learn more about mentalizing and its use.
Features: A thorough introduction to the concept of mentalizing begins the book. A review of the ways that mentalizing can be used in different psychotherapeutic arenas, from group and family-based techniques to individual adult/child interventions, follows. The second part of the book is more patient-centered and discusses specific mentalization treatments for a variety of groups, including those with borderline/antisocial personality disorders, eating disorders, and at-risk mothers/infants. There are good clinical examples and useful tables throughout. Chapters are laid out in an orderly fashion with a conclusion and suggested readings at the end.
Assessment: Though I was familiar with the concept, this book expanded my knowledge and understanding of how and where mentalizing could be used. The chapter on the assessment of mentalizing in the first section is particularly good. The second half on treatment discussed a number of patient populations (at-risk mothers, patients with eating disorders and drug addictions) that I would not have thought of as good candidates for mentalizing, but I am intrigued by the results. The writing is clear and not overly technical or verbose, and the instructions for the application of mentalizing are direct and practical. I would highly recommend this book for clinicians interested in learning about and/or using mentalizing in their practice.
British Journal of Psychiatry Jon Patrick

Clear descriptions, with vivid vignettes, of the various ways mentalisation can break down proved useful throughout.... Sections on thinking how mentalisation-based therapy could be applied to units, wards, hospitals, prisons and even society at large were thought provoking in the best way possible and could lead clinicians to trying it in their own environs.

PsycCRITIQUES Padraig Collins

The wide-ranging nature of the chapters by the 27 different contributing authors means that there is something here that will attract most mental health clinicians....The handbook provides detailed explanations and examples of the therapeutic approach, along with a range of practical aids to the clinician wishing to work in this manner. It is, in this way, a deeply practical as well as theoretical handbook….I strongly recommend it to any clinician working in the field of mental health or researcher interested in our capacity to hold other minds in mind.

Somatic Psychotherapy Today: The USABP Magazin Malorie Mella

Anthony W. Bateman's and Peter Fonagy's Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice offers a comprehensive guide to mentalization and its various applications in clinical settings and therapy treatments…. This is a great manual for both therapists who are trying to evolve methods of treatment, and patients who are trying to understand a related situation better.

Susan G. Lazar

This extremely valuable volume illuminates the capacity to mentalize as a previously sensed, but not articulated, essential component of healthy growth and development. Mentalization is an issue for patients across all diagnostic categories, and should be assessed, tracked, and enhanced in psychotherapeutic treatments of all theoretical orientations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629718
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 617
  • Sales rank: 858,767
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Anthony W. Bateman, M.A., F.R.C.Psych., is Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Halliwick Unit, St. Ann's Hospital, Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health Trust; Visiting Professor, University College London.

Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A., is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London; and Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Clinical Practice. Introduction and overview. Assessment of mentalization. Individual techniques of the basic model. Group therapy techniques. Mentalization-based family therapy. Mentalization-informed child psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Brief treatment. Partial hospitalization settings. Outpatient settings. Psychodynamically oriented therapeutic settings. Part II: Specific Applications. Borderline personality disorder. Antisocial personality disorder. At-risk mothers of infants and toddlers. Eating disorders. Depression. Trauma. Drug addiction. Adolescent breakdown and emerging borderline personality disorder. Glossary. References. Index.

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