ANZAP Psychotherapy News and Events

ANZAP Pre-Conference Workshops
Contact Anne Malecki: 02 8004 9873

Workshop 1 - Dr Nick Bendit & Margie Stuchbery
9am – 12 noon

Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) and the Conversational Model A Comparison of Overlapping Ideas and Voices

Mentalization Based Treatment was developed out of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment research by Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy in the 1990s. The concept of mentalizing has captured the interest and imagination of a range of researchers, theoreticians and clinicians who have found it useful.

With an increasing body of evidence for the efficacy of the MBT approach for a range of emotional problems and diagnostic disorders and its broad general acceptance, a consideration of MBT theory and practice seems pertinent. Understanding this theory, and the treatment approach, is probably useful for any psychotherapist. Like MBT, the Conversational Model developed out of psychoanalytic theory and developmental research, and so share some common principles.

In this workshop an overview of and introduction to the principles of MBT will form the basis of a discussion of where MBT and the Conversational Model overlap and diverge.

Workshop 2 – Professor Martin Dorahy
1pm – 4 

Shame in Psychotherapy: The Patient and Therapist Being at the Edge

This workshop explores the psychology and clinical relevance of shame in the psychotherapy dyad.

In this unique space, a client/patient presents seeking assistance and a therapist works to create the context, emotional timbre and facilitating framework for both parties to work through phases of rupture and resonance to provide that assistance.

Given the interpersonal nature of psychotherapy, the conditions are ripe for the evocation of shame, which is elicited by failing at a goal we wish to succeed in or feeling excluded from a connection we wish to make or maintain.

After exploring these elements of shame production for both client and therapist, emphasis will be given to three aspects of the therapy for chronic shame that may be focused on by the dyad. These include:

1. the protection of the humiliating attachment figure;
2. the orbiting impact of disgust and dissmell; and
3. protecting against the affective intensity of acute shame.

Finally, factors involved in the therapist’s shame experience will be noted. The lurking presence of shame due to the interpersonal risks associated with perceived or actual lack of success or disconnection, means the therapeutic journey often traverse the edge of rupture or terminate.

Flyer and registration information

Location Wattle Room, Aerial UTS Conference Centre, Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo, Sydney
We present two pre-conference workshops with Dr Nick Bendit & Margie Stuchbery and Professor Martin Dorahy. Space is limited. Please register early.


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Key Contact: Anne Malecki. 
Ph: (02) 8004 9873 from Australia
Ph: (04) 887 0300 Toll free from New Zealand
Fax: (02) 9012 0546
Email: info@anzap.com.au

First Point of Contact

Anne Malecki is responsible for the ANZAP Secretariat. She is the first point of contact for all matters. 

Telephone: AUS (02) 8004 9873

Email: info@anzap.com.au


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