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Recent Conference Presentations
The development of mentalizing and how it links to attachment and trauma. Presentation at a symposium ‘Can Mentalisation help CBT thinking about how children think?’ at the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health’s conference on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Families: making CBT work for individuals, families, practitioners and services (December 2009). Croydon, London.
Continuity of care for patients with personality disorders. Presentation at the Riverduinen Center for Specialist Psychotherapies (November 2009). Leiden, The Netherlands.
The neuroscience of Kids Company interventions with conduct disorder. Presentation at a Kids Company symposium on 'Transforming the lives of vulnerable children through science' (November 2009). London.
Thinking one’s body: Self-harm as an alternative to mentalizing. Presentation at a conference on self-harm & the interface of psychological treatments & psychiatry for East London NHS Foundation Trust (October 2009). London.
Attachment, oxytocin and social cognition. Presentation at a NSPCC-Yale-UCL conference on Maltreatment, Neuroscience and Innovative Intervention (October 2009). London.
Recent results of MBT treatment with BPD and a speculative model for how some psychotherapy might have helpful and unhelpful effects. Grand Rounds presentation at the Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital (October 2009). New York
‘What works? For whom? Current questions about effects of psychotherapy.’; ‘Why does psychotherapy work?’ and ‘Attachment, mentalization and understanding how interpersonal aspects of psychotherapy works?’ Presentations at a Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society seminar on Why does psychotherapy work? (October 2009). Oslo.
The changing shape of clinical practice: driven by science or by pragmatics? Plenary lecture at the Annual Congress of the DGPT (October 2009). Berlin.
Trauma and the neuroscience of attachment: Intersubjectivity via contingent marked mirroring. Keynote lecture to 3rd International Research Conference in Video Interaction Guidance, University of Dundee. (September 2009). Dundee, Scotland.
Unconscious theories in the analyst's mind at work; Panel Presentation at the 46th International Psychoanalytical Association Congress. (July-August 2009). Chicago.
Mentalization-Based Therapy training session (with Anthony Bateman), State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. (July 2009). Hartford, Connecticut.
Invited graduation address to the Qualification Ceremony of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Trainees at The Bowlby Centre. (July 2009). London.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy as an Evidence-Based Practice. Keynote presentation to the British Psychoanalytic Council Spring Conference, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now. (June 2009). London.
Mentalisation as a common factor in the psychotherapeutic process. Plenary presentation to the German Research Council and Ulm University 3rd Psychoanalytic Process Research Strategies Conference (June 2009). Ulm, Germany.
Mentalization-Based Family Therapy Training workshops (with Eia Asen), Björgvin Family Agency (June 2009). Bergen, Norway.
'Mentalization Based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder’, Presented to Advances in Personality Disorders Symposium, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. (May 2009). San Francisco.
Can mentalization provide a common framework for the psychotherapies? Keynote address to the 15th Annual British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Conference. (May 2009). Portsmouth.
Attachment, the development of interpersonal understanding and borderline personality disorder. Invited Presentation at University of Canterbury Department of Psychology. (April 2009). Christchurch, New Zealand.
Invited discussant of Dr Susan Sherkow's paper, 'Stock Still Behavior: A Potential Development Marker' at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Scientific Meeting. (April 2009). New York.
Psychotherapies: what works for whom? Keynote Lecture at World Psychiatric Association’s International Congress on Treatments in Psychiatry. (April 2009). Florence, Italy.
Attachment theory, mentalization, and their relationship to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Keynote address at the 3rd International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy Conference (March 2009). New York.
Mirroring and consciousness: A clinical illustration of the limitations of a mentalization enhancing technique. Honoured Guest Speaker, David Raphling Memorial Lecture, Washington Psychoanalytic Center. (March 2009). Washington, D.C.
The Limitations of RCTs in Psychotherapy, Keynote address to the German Congress of Psychotherapeutic Research and Psychosomatic Practice on the Process and Outcome in Psychotherapy (March 2009). Mainz, Germany.
Discussion and Summary: The Nature of Depressive Disorders at Points in the Life-Cycle:Biology, External Environments & Internal Worlds, Royal College of Psychiatrists London Division's Spring Academic Meeting (March 2009). London.
Young guns: Approached extremely violent and prejudiced children in Jamaica. Plenary presentation to the Joseph Sandler Research Conference, Religion and Fanaticism (February 2009), Frankfurt
The Nature of Mentalization and Its Role in the Psychological Therapies and The Technique of Mentalization-Based Therapy with Borderline Personality Disorders. Presentations as a Department of Psychiatry Educational Conference, 6th Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D. Annual Lecture in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. (February 2009). University of California San Francisco Medical School, San Francisco.
Where id was there shall ego be: The importance of consciousness in psychoanalytic work. Presentation at conference Symbolization and Mentalisation - Congruences and divergences. Presentation at the Department for Psychosomatic Medicine, Robert Bosch Hospital. (January 2009). Stuttgart, Germany.
Keeping a Child's Mind in Mind: Prevention and Treatment of Psychological Problems Based in Early Childhood. Guest speaker, giving several presentations for the Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program, (January 2009). Parent-Infant & Child Institute, Napa, California.
Treatment outcome of mentalization-based interventions for self-pathology. Invited presentation at the conference Disorders and Coherence of the Embodied Self [[DISCOS] (November 2008). Heidelberg, Germany.
The biology of attachment and the development of a self-regulating mind. Presentation to an interdisciplinary seminar From Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience to the Couch: Is There a Common Language? (November 2008). Institute of Psychiatry, London.
Attachment and social cognition. Presentation at the Royal College of Psychiatry Section of Perinatal Psychiatry Annual Scientific Meeting (November 2008). London.
Are all evidence-based therapists created equal? Some complexities. Presentation at a conference on Psychological Therapies in the NHS: Science, Practice and Policy (November 2008). London.
Trauma and the neuroscience of attachment. Keynote address to an NSPCC/RCM conference on Holding the Baby in Mind: A Public Health Approach to Safeguarding (September 2008). London.
Infancy and Borderline Personality Disorder. Plenary address at the 11th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (August 2008). Yokohama, Japan.
The mentalization based approach to psychotherapy with borderline personality disorder: New evidence from the laboratory and the clinic. Presentation to a conference on the Psychoanalytic Therapy of Severe Disturbance (June 2008). Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Consciousness, mentalization and attachment: The uniqueness of the psychoanalytic unconscious or rediscovering Freud or déjà vu all over again Keynote address to the Annual Congress of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society on Consciousness, Mentalization and Development (June 2008). Vancouver, Canada.
Attachment and borderline personality disorder research. Outreach presentation to the Annual Congress of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society on Consciousness, Mentalization and Development (June 2008). Vancouver, Canada.
‘Affect regulation, mentalization and the development of the self’ and ‘Creating a Peaceful School Environment for Learning: An Anti-Violence Intervention for Schools’. Presentations at a symposium on violence in Brazil, organized by organized by Federal São Paulo Medical School (June 2008). São Paulo, Brazil.
Trauma in childhood and personality disorder Presentation to the Congress of the Italian Association of Infant Mental Health on From Stress to Trauma in Infancy (May 2008). Grado, Italy.
Mentalization Based Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Neuroscience Research Informed Psychotherapeutic Clinical Approach. Guest lecture at a Professorial Unit meeting in the Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University (May 2008). Oxford.
Integrative treatment of personality disorders. Core symposium, 16th European Congress of Psychiatry. (April, 2008). Nice, France.
‘Affect regulation, attachment and borderline personality disorder: some recent findings and future directions’ and ‘Progress in mentalization based treatments: some recent findings and future directions’. Presentations at a study day on Mentalization-Based Treatment (April, 2008). University of Leuven, Belgium.
Organisation and development of the mentalization concept. Presentation at the Kodera International Seminar on mentalization organized by the Japan Psychoanalytic Society (March 2008), Tokyo, Japan.
Internal Worlds – External systems: Mentalization-Based Individual and Family Therapy. 2-day workshop with Dr. Eia Asen (March 2008) Elsinore, Denmark.
Attachment and the borderline brain. Presentation at the 7th Annual Attachment Conference of UCLA Extension and Lifespan Learning Institute on ‘Adult Attachment in Clinical Context: Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview’ (March 2008) Los Angeles
An international perspective on the interplay between clinic and research in psychoanalytic treatment. Presentation at a conference on psychoanalytic research organised by the Netherlands Psychoanalytic Institute (March 2008) Amsterdam.
Attachment and the development of the subjective self. Presentation at a conference on Using the Attachment Style Interview in Childcare Practice, organised by the Lifespan Research Group of Royal Holloway College in collaboration with Child and Family Training, (March 2008) London.
Attachment and early affect regulation. Presentation at the Joseph Sandler Research Conference, (February 2008), Frankfurt.
Studying usual care with care: The example of MBT. Keynote address at the UK Council for Psychotherapy conference From research-based practice to practice-based research (February 2008), King’s College, London.
A theoretical framework linking some typical psychiatric problems of adolescence via attachment theory and social neuroscience. Presentation at the Sapienza Università di Roma conference on New Frontiers of Clinical Research in Adolescence, (January 2008), Rome
Current Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Borderline Patient. Joint presentation with Otto Kernberg in the APsA Fellows Program at the Winter Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association (January 2008), New York.
What have we learnt, and what do we still not know? Closing plenary address at a conference on Psychological Therapies in the NHS: Science, Practice and Policy (December 2007), London.
Attachment theory, mentalization and the prevention of mental health problems in children. Invited lecture at the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Michael Sieff Foundation (November 2007), London.
Current aspects of the concept of mentalization: Is it a psychoanalytic theory? Invited lecture at a conference on Mentalization – Playing with Reality organized by the Munich Association for Psychoanalysis (November 2007), Munich.
Infancy and borderline personality disorder and the widening scope of mentalization based treatments. Leiden University and Riverduinen Mental Health Care Department annual Jelgersma lecture (November 2007), Leiden University, Holland.
Infancy and borderline personality disorder. Invited presentation at the Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel (October 2007), University of Haifa, Israel.
The process of therapeutic change in mentalization based psychotherapy: Is attachment always a help? and Can we understand eating disorders as disorders of mentalization? Invited presentations at Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Conference on Attachment, Mentalization and Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Therapies (October 2007), Seattle.
Inside the brain of the terrorist. Panel presentation at the Global Creative Leadership Summit (September 2007), New York.
Aligning evidence and practice: A key challenge for 21st century child psychiatry. Plenary lecture at the 13th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (August 2007), Florence.
Infancy and borderline personality disorder. Plenary presentation at the European Conference of the World Association for Infant Mental Health on Promoting Healthy Development in Infants and Children (July 2007), Riga.
The contribution of attachment to the development of the person. Presentation as part of Danya Glaser's retirement Festschrift (June 2007), London.
Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: A Mentalization based Treatment Approach. Presentation at a conference on the emergence of personality disorder in adolescence, Manchester University (June 2007), Manchester.
Attachment and personality disorder. Presentation to the Cambridge Centre for Family Research and Psychology Department joint seminar series (May 2007), Cambridge.
Bowlby's Legacy: The biology of attachment and the process of psychotherapeutic change. Presentation at a 1-day Tavistock Clinic conference in honour of the 100th anniversary of John Bowlby's birth (May 2007), London.
'Using Reflective Function as a Measure of Mentalizing to Predict Mother-Infant Behavior' and 'Changes in Mothers' Narratives About Their Child as a Function of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy'. Presentations given as part of two symposia at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting (March 2007), Boston.
The development of prejudice: Explanations of its ubiquity. Presentation at a Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Society Workshop on Prejudice (March 2007), Houston.
Early life trauma and the psychogenesis and prevention of violence. Presentation at an international conference on 'Violence and Adolescence. Psychoanalysis and Educational Sciences in Dialogue' (February 2007), Kassel University , Germany .
Keeping a child's mind in mind: Prevention and treatment of psychological problems based in early childhood (public lecture) and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: New Therapeutic Strategies Grounded in Attachment Research (workshop for professionals). Presentation at the Sixth Annual North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation Public Lecture and Workshop for Mental Health Professionals (February 2007), North Carolina.
The future - setting the scene. Presentation at 'Past, Present and Future' National Personality Disorder Conference (January 2007), London.
The development of social cognition and the widening scope of mentalisation based treatments. Presentation at the Israel Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the ERICE Group Symposium in memory of Donald Cohen (January 2007), Israel.
The state of the art in the treatment of patients with personality disorders: overarching concepts and differentiating elements. Presentation at the Conference on the treatment of patients with personality disorders (November 2006), Rivierduinen, Holland.
Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence: Integrating experience
Building A Parent-Child Bond - How to Create a Secure Relationship With Your Child. Presentation to the staff of Goldman Sachs (November 2006), London.
Debate on 'Attachment - is it a magic bullet?' at the National Family and Parenting Institute's Parent Child 2006 Happy Families? conference (November 2006), London.
Mentalization-based therapy for borderline personality disorder. Presentation at UCLA's Eleventh Annual Review of Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology Update (October 2006), Los Angeles.
A theoretical framework linking some typical psychiatric problems of adolescence via attachment theory and social neuroscience: The example of eating disorder. Presentation during a one-day Institute entitled Adolescents: Mentalizing Capabilities Fact or Fiction? at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (October 2006), San Diego.
Clinical seminar on mentalization-based analytic technique at the British Psychoanalytic Society English-Speaking Conference on Psychoanalytic Technique Today (October 2006), London.
The growth and development of personality from childhood to adult years: psychology and psychopathology. One-day seminar presentation to the Danish Psychotherapeutic Society for Psychologists (October 2006), Copenhagen.
Research on social cognition and the widening scope of mentalization based treatments. Keynote lecture at the 17th World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) (September 2006), Melbourne, Australia.
'The growth and development of personality from childhood to adult years: psychology and psychopathology', 'Can we understand eating disorders as disorders of mentalization?' and 'Psychotherapy, attachment and the brain'. Keynote lectures at The Gathering annual conference on borderline personality disorder (September 2006), Christchurch, New Zealand.
Violent attachments. Presentation at the Satellite Symposium to the FENS Forum Meeting in honour of the 150th birthday of Sigmund Freud (July 2006), Vienna.
Developmental roots of mentalisation. Presentation at the Anna Freud Centre, UCL and British Psychological Society conference 'Widening the Scope of Mentalization Based Treatments' conference (July 2006), London.
Mentalization: Measurement and treatment. Presentation to the Maudsley Hospital Children's Department (June 2006), London.
Mentalization and the mechanism of change in psychotherapy. Presentation at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences conference 'Mentalization, Development of the Self, Attachment: Theoretical background and therapeutic applications' (June 2006), Budapest.
Mentalisation: Measurement and Treatment. Presentation to a Maudsley Hospital Children's Department Meeting (June 2006), London.
Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A brief training in the Mentalization Based Treatment approach. Seminar presentation at City College, New York (May 2006), New York.
Mentalization based therapy for BPD. Presentation during the American Psychiatric Publishing symposium on Advances in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the 2006 APA Annual Meeting (May 2006), Toronto.
The development of the internal world: combining an attachment with a neuroscientific perspective on therapeutic action. Presentation at a conference on Freud in the 21st Century - The Organic and the Inner World (May 2006), London.
The growth and development of personality from childhood to adult years: Psychology and psychopathology. Baylor College of Medicine Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds (May 2006), Houston.
Harming body or mind: suicide and the failure of mentalization. 2nd International Suicidality and Psychoanalysis Congress Relating to Self-harm and Suicide: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Theory, Practice & Prevention (April 2006), Imperial College, London.
The rooting of the mind in the body: New links between attachment theory and psychoanalytic thought. The 3rd Muriel Gardner Lecture, Western New England Psychoanalytic Association. (March, 2004) New Haven.
An attachment theory based model of severe personality disorder. 4th Annual Collier Lecture in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester (March 2006), Rochester, NY.
Some psychodynamic neuroscientific speculations. Presentation at Psychotrauma: Psychoanalytical and Neuroscientific Perspectives, a conference organised by the Sigmund Freud Institute (February 2006), Frankfurt.
Mentalization Based Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Presentation at a conference on the treatment and management of severe personality disorder, Institut Philippe Pinel de Montréal (January 2006), Montreal.
Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: New advances in mentalization based treatment. Seminar presentation to The Swedish National Association for Psychotherapy (January 2006), Stockholm.
A genuinely developmental theory of sexual enjoyment and its implications for psychoanalytic technique. Invited plenary lecture at the Winter Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association (January 2006), New York.
The development of prejudice. Presentation at an International Conference On Prejudice and Conflict, organized collaboratively by the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI), the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies (IJAPS), and the International Association for Applied Psychoanalytic Studies (IAAPS) (December 2005), Salt Lake City.
The past unconscious or the present unconscious: where is the appropriate focus for psychoanalytic work? Keynote lecture at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Mexican Psychoanalytic Association (November 2005), Mexico City.
The growth and development of personality from childhood to adult years: psychology and psychopathology. Presentation at a conference entitled Incontro con Peter Fonagy: La psicoterapia nel disturbo borderline: Promuovere la mentalizzazione (November 2005), Milan.
The Status of Attachment Theory in Psychoanalytic Thought and Mentalization-focused therapy for borderline adolescents. Presentations at one-day Institutes during the 52nd AACAP Annual Meeting (October 2005), Toronto.
Why is sex no fun on your own? A genuinely developmental theory of sexual enjoyment. Invited presentation to the Oxford Psychotherapy Society (October 2005), Oxford.
Mentalization and split psychic reality: An attachment theory approach to trauma and the distortion of personality. City College of New York conference Reflecting on the Future of Psychoanalysis: Mentalization, Internalization and Representation (September 2005), New York.
Attachment, trauma and psychoanalysis: Where psychoanalysis meets neuroscience. Keynote lecture at the IPA 44th Congress on Trauma: New Developments in Psychoanalysis (July 2005) Rio De Janeiro.
Why is sex no fun on your own? A genuinely developmental theory of sexual enjoyment. Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, (June 2005) London.
The growth and development of personality from childhood to adult years: psychology and psychopathology. The Kolvin Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Edinburgh (June).
Discussant on Meet the Author Panel for The Quiet Revolution in American Psychoanalysis: Selected Papers of Arnold M. Cooper at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Seattle (June).
A Developmental Theory of External Reality. Otto Weininger Memorial Keynote Address, presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association Section on Psychoanalysis, Montreal (June).
Common mechanisms in psychological therapies for BPD: Attachment and mentalization. Invited presentation at a symposium on the treatment of borderline personality disorder at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Atlanta (May).
Attachment and borderline personality disorder. Invited presentation at a conference entitled 'Attachment and Related Disorders', organised by the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston (May).
The past or the present unconscious: Which should be the focus for effective
Eating Disorders and Dysfunctional Attachment. Keynote Lecture at the 7th Biannual London International Conference on Eating Disorders, Imperial College London (April).
Playing with Reality: A Developmental Theory of External Reality. Presentation at a conference on Psyche and Systems: The Inner World and the Outer World, Ellsinore, Denmark (March).
Attachment, Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychotherapy and the Brain. Keynote lecture at the Annual Conference of the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorders, Glasgow (February).
Presentation at the YoungMinds and IPPR Young Adult Mental Health Project Symposium: 'What causes mental health problems?' London (February).
Attachment, Affect Regulation, Mentalisation and the Development of the Self: The Theoretical Basis of MBT. Presentation at an Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre Workshop, Oxford (January).
Is There A 'Psychoanalytic Process?': What We Can Learn From Empirical Study Of The Analytic Hour. Symposium at the Winter Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, New York (January).
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