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When: March 15, 2015
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter office
50 Broadway
Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States

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 NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 This workshop has been approved.


Fostering Attachment Through Mentalization and Reflective Functioning:
Application of Cutting-Edge Concepts in Clinical Practice with Children and Their Parents


NASW-NYC Chapter office, 50 Broadway 1001, New York, NY 10004.  

Sunday March 15, 2015, 10am-5pm


Mentalization, a relatively new concept, refers to the capacity to understand, perceive and interpret mental states and behaviors in oneself and in others. Peter Fonagy, along with other attachment researchers, has identified the ability to mentalize as key to self-organization and has suggested that mentalization is “arguably the evolutionary pinnacle of human intellectual achievement.” This workshop will address how clinicians working with children can utilize this concept both in treatment and to help parents better relate to their children in ways that foster attachment. Participants will learn to cultivate the therapeutic skills involved in recognizing and confirming affective .


Christine Fewell teaches advanced practice and substance abuse classes at the Silver School of Social Work. She is co-coordinator and faculty advisor of the Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders Focused Learning Opportunity and associate editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She has a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision. Dr. Fewell has extensive experience working with people with substance abuse problems and their families and has published widely in this area. Other areas of interest include mentalization and its application to clinical practice, social work licensing, and ethical social work practice. She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago, her PhD at the Silver School of Social Work, and a certificate in psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

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