Model: Normal reactions after having experienced something violent

The next few weeks we will share a couple of our most central models regarding trauma and Mentalization as promised to some of Janne’s students at the Anna Freud Center.

The first model “Normal reactions after having experienced something violent” explains the four normal reactions to trauma. The model is a useful visual tool when talking to children about post-traumatic stress reactions.

You can find all the models and read much more about mentalization in our book “The Mentalization Guidebook”. The book is a tool for professionals working with traumatized and neglected people who want to use mentalization in their work.


Teaching at the Anna Freud Centre

Janne Østergaard Hagelquist has once again had to pleasure to teach the course “Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for Fostering & Adoption” with Dr Sheila Redfern at the Anna Freud Centre. The Centre has recently moved to their new Centre of Excellence near Kings Cross in London and teaching there has been […]

Video: Stephen Porges on the body’s adaptive response to trauma

Stephen Porges explains how you can help traumatized people understand and respect their body’s response to trauma


Movie recommendation: Mysterious Skin 

The movie “Mysterious skin” deals with the consequences of child sexual abuse. You can read more about it here.


Teaching in the lovely Faroe Islands

Janne and Heino from Center for Mentalization have once again enjoyed teaching in the lovely Faroe Islands!



New video: Attachment at sea

A video about patterns of attachment, and how the primary attachment figures can act in relation to these different patterns. You can watch the video below.


Mindhunter: A series about the mental states of the criminals

If you are on the lookout for a new series, we recommend Netflix’ “Mindhunter”. The series brings the mental states of the criminals into focus in criminology.


New video about mentalization

A small video about mentalization and failure in mentalization. You can watch it below.


Book recommendation: Bateman & Fonagy’s (2012) Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice

Chapter 17 in Bateman & Fonagy’s (2012) “Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice” is about mentalization-based treatment of abuse. A mustread if you work with abuse and mentalization as all the main models in relation to the target group are considered.


Janne & Dr. Sheila Redfern teaching at the Anna Freud Centre

Janne Østergaard Hagelquist is looking very much forward to teaching with Dr. Sheila Redfern.

You can read more by following this link.