The Family Cycle: Breaking the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma through Mentalizing
The article provides a good overview of the mentalization theory and how this can be seen in the context of trauma psychology. Emphasis is placed on the importance of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE factors). In addition, there is a very good review of how to concretely work with asking about the ACE factors in the work with vulnerable parents. Based on a common understanding of what traumas and failures the parents themselves have experienced, work is being done to draw a family cycle. The model is designed to help vulnerable parents and their children mentalize trauma and create an understanding of transgenerational trauma.
Learning to mentalize: A mediational approach for caregivers and therapist
The article provides an overview of the current standpoint of the mentalization theory. Furthermore the article presents a model that can be used in practice. The model addresses five components: Focus, create meaning, expand, regulate and reward.