Dr. Peter Fonagy to Present on Mentalizing and Trauma

Monday, December 31, 2018

fonagy-peter-2017-copyThe next lecture in Menninger's Distinguished Clinicians Series will be presented by Peter Fonagy, PhD, a professor at University College London and a long-time Menninger consultant. The presentation, Mentalizing and Trauma, will be January 18, at Menninger.


Dr. Fonagy is a renowned psychologist and researcher who has been a pioneer of mentalization-based therapy. He is also an expert in attachment relationships, borderline personality disorder and social cognition.


Register now.


Mentalizing and Trauma

Trauma – particularly in the form of childhood maltreatment in the context of attachment relationships – is perhaps the most consistently implicated predictor of mental health disorder. This talk will consider what it is about trauma that makes it such a disruptive experience and, often, so complex to treat. It will also explore aspects of therapies that have been shown in outcomes studies to be effective in helping individuals struggling with the long term effects of adversity.


At the conclusion of this live presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the link between trauma and the emergence of the non-mentalizing modes.
  • Iinterpret the manifestations of post-trauma phenomenology and behavior in terms of the impact of trauma on self-structure.
  • Recognize the relevance of social referencing to the framing of a frightening and otherwise overwhelming experience.
  • Pinpoint components of a range of psychosocial clinical interventions which lead to the reduction of post-traumatic effects of adversity.

Continuing Education

2.0 contact/credit/clock hours have been designated by The Menninger Clinic for the following disciplines: physicians, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors and addictions professionals.


Event and Registration Details

The presentation will begin at 12 pm and conclude at 2 pm and will be held at Menninger. The rate for professionals is $50; the rate for students is $25. Parking is free.
Register today as space is limited.