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Bringing Mentalization to Ankara/Turkiye (20.02.-25.02.2023)

Department of Educational Sciences Uni-Ankara

It was actually planned as a study trip - Prof. Dr Holger Kirsch was to visit the University of Ankara in February with nine students from the Master's programme in Social Work.

Everything was planned down to the last detail when the terrible earthquake in Turkey and Syria became known. Like so many people, we were shocked and moved by the scale of the disaster. As a result, universities were closed across the country in Turkey and later everything was switched to online teaching except for the final semesters. The planned exchange with students and teachers seemed hardly possible - therefore our students decided with a heavy heart to cancel the planned excursion and not to accompany Prof. Dr. Kirsch.

The cooperation talks were initiated last year when Dr. Nesime Can from the Department of Educational Sciences at Ankara University, one of EHD's many partner universities, took part in the EHD International Week.

In order to be able to establish a research cooperation with the colleagues in Ankara, Prof. Dr. Kirsch travelled to Ankara alone. He met with interested representatives of the Department of Educational Sciences at Ankara University and was presented with a plaque of honour by the Vice-Dean (see 3rd photo). It was agreed to apply for a joint research project.

Prof. Dr. Holger Kirsch: "The content will be the question of whether the ability to mentalize is similarly or culturally different in intercultural comparisons; initial preliminary work on this has already been done. I hope that our joint research project will be supported by third-party funding and that Nesime Can and her colleagues will come to the EHD for the next meeting in autumn."

"Ich gseh öppis wo du nöd gsehsch" -I see something you do not see

"Mentalizing as an innovative approach to behavioural problems" - this was the title of the inaugural lecture by Pierre-Carl Link, Professor of Education in the field of socio-emotional and psychomotor development at the University of applied sciences for Special Needs in Zurich.

Soziales Lernen, Beziehung und Mentalisieren - social learning, relationship and mentalizing

Newly published in August 2022:

In this anthology, renowned experts discuss epistemological foundations and social applications of the mentalization approach, such as in anti-democratic attitudes, social learning, inclusion, group processes or mentalizing in organisations.

With contributions by Michael Tomasello, Peter Fonagy, Heidi Keller and many others.

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July 2022 - "A stupid morning" - Mentalizing and stress regulation in youth welfare and school. Symposium at the EHD - University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt

Juli 2022 A new mentalization-based curriculum to support teachers and those working in educational settings (online)

Peter Fonagy, Joost Hutsebaut, Stephan Gingelmaier and Tobias Nolte give an overview of the curriculum developed in partnership with University College London and the Anna Freud Centre


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29. Juni 2022 Symposium Mentaliseren in het onderwijs, Breda Nederland

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June 2022 Mentalisierungsbasierte Pädagogik - Vortrag und Workshop. Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität Salzburg

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May 2022 - Ludwigsburg film premiere

After the professional film shoot could be completed in February 2021 despite the pandemic, it became clear that there had to be a worthy form of film premiere for these elaborately produced and very successful short films. Due to Corona, this could only be realised on 31 May 2022. However, with our cooperation partners from the Film Academy Ludwigsburg and Paradoksfilms, we were able to move into the Caligari cinema via 60 interested professionals - many of them in leading positions. The films and their benefits were discussed in detail with a top-class panel and the invited experts and leaders in a concentrated exchange.

This was then continued intensively into the evening at the premiere celebration with drinks and snacks.

War in Europe

Members of the network support aid transport for Ukraine


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War impairs mentalization, trust and social learning