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Effectively Intervening with Violent Behavior: An Interview with Peter Fonagy

Peter-Fonagy-DVD-coverPeter Fonagy, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, as well as the Freud Memorial Professor  of Psychoanalysis and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London. Dr. Fonagy’s clinical expertise centers around issues of borderline psychopathology, violence and early attachment relationships. He is also the Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre and training and supervising analyst in the British Psycho-Analytical Society in child and adult analysis.

In this DVD, Dr. Peter Fonagy eloquently articulates effective methods of intervening with violent behavior. He begins with child development, emphasizing that early attachment often inhibits violent tendencies. Providing viewers with a series of effective examples, Dr. Fonagy discusses the importance of mentalization or self-reflective functioning as a method for intervening with violence. He also addresses social factors affecting violence, as well as certain risk factors and thoughts that drive violent behavior. Finally, Dr. Fonagy discusses treating violence in a variety of settings, including in prisons, group therapy and individual therapy.

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