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Innovations in Practice: Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Therapy (AMBIT) – a new integrated approach to working with the most hard to reach adolescents with severe complex mental health needs

Bevington, D; Fuggle, P; Fonagy, P; Target, M; Asen, E; (2013) Innovations in Practice: Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Therapy (AMBIT) – a new integrated approach to working with the most hard to reach adolescents with severe complex mental health needs. Child and Adolescent Mental Health , 18 (1) 46 - 51. 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00666.x. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: ‘Hard to reach’ young people are associated by virtue of their serious, multiple, and complex needs, the difficulty of delivering effective help to them, and their poor long-term outcomes. There is a lack of published evidence relating to the effectiveness of interventions directed at this group. Method: We review these concerns and the options available to service commissioners and clinicians seeking, if not an evidence-based approach then at least an evidence-oriented one. A mentalization-based multimodal intervention (AMBIT) is briefly described, proposing a new kind of specialist practitioner and taking a radically different approach to treatment manualization. Results: A brief description is given of the different settings in which AMBIT is currently being developed, deployed, and evaluated, and of lessons learned. Conclusions: AMBIT offers promise as an evolving ‘open source’ framework supporting development of evidence-based local practice in chaotic complex settings.

Type: Article
Title: Innovations in Practice: Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Therapy (AMBIT) – a new integrated approach to working with the most hard to reach adolescents with severe complex mental health needs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00666.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00666.x
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bevington, D; Fuggle, P; Fonagy, P; Target, M; Asen, E; (2013) Innovations in Practice: Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Therapy (AMBIT) – a new integrated approach to working with the most hard to reach adolescents with severe complex mental health needs. Child and Adolescent Mental Health , 18 (1) 46 - 51, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00666.x
Keywords: Adolescence, complexity, hard to reach, mentalization, outreach
UCL classification: 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/1385449
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