Mentalization-based treatment for children
WHAT IS MBT-C?
MBT-C is short for Mentalization based treatment for children. The treatment is for children roughtly 5-12 years old with externalizing or internalizing disorders.
MBT-C is a transdiagnostic treatment for children 5-12 and their parents. Children attending MBT-C may have problems with anxiety, depression or behavioural problems. MBT-C may also be suitable for children with traumatic experiences or children who have experienced loss.
THE TREATMENT GUIDE
This book is the first comprehensive clinical introduction to a time-limited model of MBT with children. Chapters examine problem assessment and case formulation, the therapist’s stance, and treatment termination. The guide also includes a chapter-length case illustration and an appendix that lists measures of reflective functioning in children and parents, as well as validation articles.
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The aim of MBT-C is to enhance the child’s capacity to regulate emotions and to mentalize about self and others. In MBT-C, work with parents is an important part, where parents are helped to reflect on their child in order to understand them better, and be able to support the child in a flexible way.
WHAT IS MENTALIZATION?
WHY IS MENTALIZATION IMPORTANT?
Mentalization helps us make our own, as well as others’, behavior meaningful and predictable, therefore being crucial in the development of a coherent self and identity as well as regulating our behavior and feelings in relation to others.
Mentalization is defined as the ability to understand behavior (one’s own as well as others) as intentional and based on inner mental states, such as thoughts, feelings, wishes, and intentions.
WHY IS MENTALIZATION IMPORTANT?
It has shown to be an important aspect in order to understand resilience in case of trauma, attachment security and mental health. The ability to mentalize is a key competence in order to feel in control of our own behavior and to have meaningful, lasting relationships.
Look at this video with professor Peter Fonagy, one of the founders of Mentalization Based Therapy for adults, for a longer description of what mentalization is and why it’s important.
TRAINING IN MBT-C
MBT-C trainings are organized by five separate institutes:
United Kingdom, London– Anna Freud Centre
Contact person: Davina Metters, firstname.lastname@example.org
United States, New Haven – Yale Child Study Center
Contact person: Norka Malberg, norka.Malberg@yale.edu
Sweden, Stockholm - Ericastiftelsen
Contact person: Anna Norlén, email@example.com
Netherlands, Den Haag– De Jutters Centre
Contact person: Nicole Muller, http://www. rinogroep.nl/opliding/4007
Canada, Quebec – Université Laval
Contact person: Karin Ensink, firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming trainings and events:
3 day training in MBT-C, Anna Freud Centre, London
November 27-29, 2017
The manual is written by an international team consisting of researchers and clinicians,
with different areas of expertise.
Anna Freud Centre
University College London
De Jutters Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, The Hague
Yale Child Study Center
New Haven, Connecticut
The Erica Foundation
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