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Learning to mentalize: a mediational approach for caregivers and therapists

Sharp, C; Shohet, C; Givon, D; Penner, F; Fonagy, P; Marais, L; (2020) Learning to mentalize: a mediational approach for caregivers and therapists. Clinical Psychology: science and practice , Article e12334. 10.1111/cpsp.12334. (In press).

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Abstract

Mentalization-based therapies (MBTs) are rigorous, theoretically grounded, and evidence-based interventions. However, dissemination of this psychodynamically informed intervention lags behind that of more skills-based therapies because of a lack of concrete operationalization of its key components. In this proof-of-concept paper, we describe how the learning (mediational) components of an educational intervention, the Mediational Intervention for Sensitizing Caregivers (MISC), can operationalize key components of MBTs in behaviorally anchored ways. We suggest that the process of the recovery of mentalizing can be operationalized through five learning components: focusing, affecting, expanding, rewarding, and regulating. In operationalizing the process of rebuilding mentalizing using these observable, behaviorally anchored concepts focusing on creating epistemic trust, we hope to increase the accessibility of MBTs to a wider audience.

Type: Article
Title: Learning to mentalize: a mediational approach for caregivers and therapists
DOI: 10.1111/cpsp.12334
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/cpsp.12334
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisherís terms and conditions.
Keywords: mentalizing; mentalization-based therapy; mediational intervention; caregivers; psychotherapy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093794
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