Effectively Intervening with Violent Behavior: An Interview with Dr. Peter Fonagy
by Peter Fonagy
In this lively and engaging interview, Peter Fonagy, PhD, offers both a theoretical foundation for understanding violent behaviors as well as practical tools for clinicians working with violent offenders.
In this video, Peter Fonagy, PhD, 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, Fonagy discusses the importance of mentalization or self-reflective functioning as a method for intervening with violence. He also addresses social factors affecting violence, risk factors and thoughts that drive violent behavior,  and counseling violent offenders in a variety of settings, including in prisons, group therapy and individual therapy.
In Depth
By watching this video you will:
  • Describe Fonagy's psychosocial approach to understanding and treating violent offenders
  • Understand the importance of facilitating mentalization with violent offenders and learn tools to utilize it with clients
  •  Identify the specific skills necessary to work safely with violent individuals

Length of video: 1:06:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-340-5

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-341-3

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-341-6

Peter Fonagy, PhD, 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 Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre and a training and supervising analyst in the British Psycho-Analytical Society in child and adult analysis.
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