Treating Trauma with Plain Old Therapy:
Restoring Mentalizing in Attachment Relationships
Jon G. Allen, Ph.D
The Menninger Clinic
Castlewood Treatment Center Conference Center
1269 St. Paul Rd. Ballwin, Mo 63021
September 14, 2012 8:00-5:00 pm
This daylong workshop addresses challenges therapists and clients face in grappling not only with extensive psychopathology but also existential-spiritual concerns stemming from trauma in early attachment relationships. The concept of mentalizing—attending to mental states in self and others—will be presented as a framework for trauma treatment that applies to a range of psychotherapeutic approaches and treatment modalities. Research on the development of mentalizing in childhood attachment relationships will be reviewed, and the implications for trauma treatment will be presented.
- Participants will understand the origins of complex developmental psychopathology in attachment trauma.
- Participants learn how mentalizing develops and becomes impaired in attachment relationships.
- Participants will learn how the conduct of “plain old therapy” can be enriched by the application of contemporary attachment theory and research.
- Participants will understand how the framework of attachment and mentalizing can be helpful in addressing patients’ religious and spiritual struggles, including problems in relatedness to God.
8:30-10:15-Understanding Attachment Trauma
10:30-12:30 Mentalizing as an Integrative Framework
1:30-3:00-Working with Trauma and Spiritual Concerns in Therapy
Jon G. Allen, Ph.D holds the Helen Malsin Palley Chair in Mental Health Research and is Professor of Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine and Senior Staff Psychologist at The Menninger Clinic. Dr. Allen received his B.A. degree in psychology at the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester. He completed postdoctoral training in clinical psychology at The Menninger Clinic. He conducts psychotherapy, diagnostic consultations, and psychoeducational programs, specializing in trauma-related disorders and depression. He conducts research on treatment evaluation and clinical outcomes. He has taught and supervised students at the Universityof Rochester, NorthernIllinoisUniversity, the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Washburn University of Topeka. He is past editor of the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, associate editor of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, a member of the editorial boards of Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes and Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, and serves as a reviewer for several professional journals and book publishers. He is the author of Coping with Trauma: Hope through Understanding and Coping with Depression: From Catch-22 to Hope published by American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. He is also author of Traumatic Relationships and Serious Mental Disorders, published by John Wiley and Sons, and coauthor (with Lisa Lewis and Kay Kelly) of and Restoring Hope and Trust: An Illustrated Guide to Mastering Trauma, published by the Sidran Institute. He is also coauthor (with Leonard Horwitz, Glen Gabbard, and colleagues) of Borderline Personality Disorder: Tailoring the Therapy to the Patient and coeditor (with William Smith) of Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative Disorders and (with Dean Collins) of Contemporary Treatment of Psychosis: Healing Relationships in the ‘Decade of the Brain. He is also coeditor with Peter Fonagy of the Handbook of Mentalization-Based Treatment, published by Wiley and coauthor (with Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman) of Mentalizing in Clinical Practice, published by American Psychiatric Publishing. He has authored and coauthored numerous professional articles and book chapters on trauma-related problems, depression, psychotherapy, hospital treatment, the therapeutic alliance, psychological testing, neuropsychology, and emotion.