Total CE Credit Hours: 2
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This course is based on Integrating Mind Body Perspectives in the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization
Mentalizing is the process by which we make sense of the contents of our own minds and that of others. Requiring an optimal level of arousal as well as a nurturing and safe attachment relationship to develop, mentalizing is conspicuously impaired and even frightening for patients who have suffered attachment trauma. Mentalizing requires the capacity to be present, to accurately read relational cues, and to be mindful and tolerant of one’s own inner experiences. Trauma patients are not flexible in their ability to accurately “read” people’s intentions, emotions, and behaviors, but rather are fixed in rigid patterns of prediction about danger, rejection, and lack of caring. Such individuals typically experience a variety of symptoms that they do not understand and are susceptible to dysregulated arousal because they are unaware of internal and environmental triggers that evoke hyper or hypo arousal. Their inner “world” is frightening, overwhelming, and baffling, because they have not personified their own minds. The process of mentalizing often occurs automatically, without thought or deliberation, and is influenced by many factors, including the capacity to observe one’s own mental actions, as well as posture, sensation, and movement of the body.
In this webinar we will define mentalizing, describe the difference between explicit and implicit mentalizing, and explore how to address failures in mentalizing in traumatized populations. The presenters will explore therapeutic approaches to increase mentalizing skills, including the body’s role in mentalizing, and will demonstrate both verbal and non-verbal, somatic interventions useful in improving patients’ mentalizing ability. They will also provide a clinical map of “directed mindfulness” that orients attention and enhances reflective functioning.
This course is based on the recorded webinar, Mentalizing, Mindfulness, and the Body in Chronic Traumatization created by Pat Ogden, PhD and Kathy Steele, MN, CS in 2008.
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
December 2, 2008
Course Material Authors
This ISSTD course is recommended for mental health and allied professionals, including: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors, plus any other professional whose work involves providing service to individuals suffering from trauma and dissociative disorders and other academics whose studies include chronic trauma and dissociation in its many varied forms. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.
Define mentalizing and its importance in healthy relational functioning.
Describe several example of inaccurate and accurate mentalizing in their clients.
Employ physical and mental interventions to support accurate mentalizing.
American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)
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