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Mentalizing Interventions for Families and Couples

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM
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Mentalizing Interventions for Families and Couples 

* This is an interactive seminar series. Space is limited. 

Date: Wednesdays (12pm-3pm Eastern Time) on the following dates: 

  Oct 13, 27; Nov 10; Dec 1, 15; Jan 5, 19; Feb 2, 16; Mar 2 

Location: Virtual (Zoom) 

Tuition Fee: $2,000 

Provided by: Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute, McLean Hospital 

CME Credits: 2.75 per session (27.5 total) 

Course Director: Lois W. Choi-Kain, M.D., M.Ed. 

Faculty: Eia Asen, M.D., FRCPsych and Peter Fonagy, Ph.D. 

Prerequisites: None 

Register now:

Email gundersonpdi@partners.orgwith questions.

Course Description 

This is a series of webinars in the form of online live sessions using Zoom as the primary platform for learning. The  webinars aim to equip mental health and allied professionals with the necessary skills to undertake mentalization based systemic work with families, couples and their networks. The webinars focus primarily on clinical practice and  skills and provide training in core techniques, games and activities, all aimed at promoting effective mentalizing in  couples, family members and their networks.  

The teaching will consist of presentations of the model, techniques and related issues, with ample illustrations of  clinical work and dilemmas. Specific interventions will be role-played by the presenter(s). Each webinar will be richly  illustrated by audio-visual case material. Course participants are encouraged to bring their own cases and design  mentalization-informed interventions.  

Target Audience 

Physicians, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors. 

Educational Objectives 

These webinars will equip participants to: 

1. Describe Mentalization-Informed Systemic Therapy 

2. Identify effective and ineffective mentalizing in families and couples 

3. Practice mentalizing across cultures and societies 

4. Demonstrate setting up mentalizing interventions 

5. Describe trajectories of mentalizing interventions 

6. Apply the Mentalizing Loop 

7. Describe diachronic mentalizing and related techniques 

8. Practice mentalizing games, exercises and activities 

9. Explain how to build epistemic trust and resilience 

10. Discuss Manualized Remote MBT-Family and Couple Therapy 

11. Summarize basic principles of working with family systems from a mentalizing approach 


Webinar 1: 

12:00-1:30pm: Mentalization-Informed Systemic Therapy: creating contexts for therapeutic encounters (1) 1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Mentalization-Informed Systemic Therapy: creating contexts for therapeutic encounters (2)  Webinar 2: 

12:00-1:30pm: Effective and Ineffective Mentalizing in Families and Couples 

1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: The Mentalizing stance and Assessing Mentalizing 

Webinar 3:  

12:00-1:30pm: Setting up Mentalizing interventions 

1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Trajectories of Mentalizing interventions  

Webinar 4: 

12:00-1:30pm: The Mentalizing Loop 

1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Diachronic Mentalizing and related techniques  

Webinar 5: 

12:00-1:30pm: Mentalizing games, exercises and activities (1) 

1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Mentalizing games, exercises and activities (2) 

Webinar 6: 

12:00-1:30pm: Mentalizing games, exercises and activities (3) 

1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Mentalizing games, exercises and activities (4) 

Webinar 7: 

12:00-1:30pm: Building Epistemic Trust and Resilience.  

1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Multi-family group work 

Webinar 8: 

12:00-1:30pm: Mentalizing Social Media – Manualized Remote MBT -Family and Couple Therapy (1) 1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Mentalizing Social Media – Manualized Remote MBT -Family and Couple Therapy (2) 

Webinar 9: 

12:00-1:30pm: Mentalizing across cultures and societies (1) 

1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Mentalizing across cultures and societies (2) 

Webinar 10: 

12:00-1:30pm: Putting it all together… (1) 

1:30-1:45pm: Break 

1:45 -3:00pm: Putting it all together… (2) 

Faculty Information 

Eia Asen, MD Consultant Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and  Families (AFNCCF), Visiting Professor, University College London 

Peter Fonagy, PhD Chief Executive Officer, AFNCCF, London Head of Department, Research Department of  Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale  School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine 

Lois Choi-Kain, MD, MEd. Director, Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor,  Harvard Medical School; Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association 

Continuing Education 

Physicians: McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to  provide Continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 27.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians  should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Psychologists: McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education  for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 27.5 CE credits. 

Nurses: This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for  27.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: educational activities  which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count toward 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC  accreditation. 

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 27.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in  accordance with 258 CMR Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work  Authorization Number D 90520. 

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: McLean Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved  Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6085. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly  identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets the  requirements for up to 27.5 NBCC hours. 

Disclosure Policy 

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that  those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose  all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest  prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial  support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and  unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations. 

Refund Policy 

Due to the small nature of our trainings, the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute cannot offer any refunds. If the  participant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.

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