The Art of Mentalizing

Day course on Mentalization Based Arts Therapies

6 Oktober 2017 - Week van de Vaktherapie

Using Arts for Personal and Interpersonal Development

Georganiseerd door HAN Creatieve Therapie Opleiding i.s.m. International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training in Mental Health (ICAPT)

This day will focus on the use of arts to help patients in private work or health care contexts regain a capacity for reflexivity in relationships. It is well known that a central issue in many mental health disorders and relational problems is the fundamental breakdown of mentalizing. In non-mentalizing states emotions are heightened and self-other relationships become profoundly distorted. This manifests in a range of ways including over-thinking, quick-fix responses, and generalisations, often confirmed by the transference – countertransference matrix. This day will be led by senior arts therapists, consultants and researchers to teach about evidence informed methods of using arts to restore mentalizing, the fundamental capacity to engage, reflect and be with another. Many of the techniques taught will be part of your therapeutic repertoire, but this day will help you to further contextualise and make sense of your therapeutic stance, method and how they relate to outcomes. Central to the day will be how the use of the arts can help to facilitate this experience from non-mentalizing to mentalizing illustrating how this can have an impact on affect regulation, attachment and reflexivity.


This course is for arts therapists (all differentiations), psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists working with complex health issues.


09:15-09:30 Registration, coffee/tea

09:30-10:30 Presentation, brief workshops to demonstrate and illustrate skills

10:30-11:00 Group discussion and mentalizing exercise

11:00-12:30 Embedding the core concepts in clinical practice, linking theory and


12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:45 Arts based workshops

15.45-16:30 Reflections, discussion, evaluation forms

A description of the teaching methods to be used:

1. Lecture and case presentations to illustrate mentalizing models of learning, practice and exploration

2. Hands-on art directives to identify mentalizing and non-mentalizing in practice.

3. Group discussion and roleplay to identify and practice effective creative interventions in complex mental health issues

The learning objectives of the day:

Participants will be able to:

1. List three (3) examples of good mentalizing and not-good mentalizing

2. List three (3) creative arts therapies interventions that address development

3. Identify three (3) ways mentalization is connected to affect regulation, attachment and reflective functioning


Locatie, inschrijving, kosten en registratiepunten

Locatie: Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, Kapittelweg 33, 6525 EN Nijmegen

Inschrijving: mail je naam o.v.v. MBT cursus 6 okt. naar

Kosten: 120 euro p.p.

SRVB punten: worden aangevraagd.

Slechts 30 plaatsen beschikbaar!

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What is ICAPT?

The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training in Mental Health (ICAPT) was established in 2011 to build upon the excellence of arts psychotherapies clinical expertise and to offer training for evidence-based models more widely. The aim of the centre is to provide a better experience for patients where interventions are guided but not prescriptive and are informed by the latest research without losing the intuition and innovation of which arts psychotherapists are known for.

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