The first international study day is taking place at Newbridge House in February, delivered by renowned Norwegian trainers..

The theme of the study day, taking place on February 7th, is mentalisation as a strategy in the treatment of eating disorders. Mentalisation is a social competence which allows the individual to understand the minds of others and to see yourself as others see you.

Improving mentalisation skills is beneficial not only for the individual undergoing eating disorder treatment, but also for the therapeutic relationship between practitioner (doctor, nurse or allied health professional) and patient.

Newbridge House staff will be taking part in the training, with all the different professionals within the service represented, including nurses and healthcare assistants, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and family therapists.

A number of colleagues from eating disorders services across the UK are attending the study day, which will enable clinicians to meet, share and reflect upon their experiences.

The training is being undertaken by psychiatrist Professor Finn Skårderud and psychologist Bente Sommerfeldt. Prof Skårderud leads a treatment and research program at Oslo University Hospital and is one of the founders of the Norwegian Institute of Mentalising. Psychologist Bente Sommerfeldt is one of the leaders for treatment and research program at Oslo University Hospital and is also the clinical head of a mentalisation-based inpatient service for young drug abusers.

A fuller description of the training and the day’s programme can be seen on our events page. Unfortunately, places are strictly limited and for clinicians by invitation only. However, if you work in eating disorders services and are interested in attending, please contact us.