Mentalization and AMBIT: The Mind and The System


April 28th, 2021

Presenters: Shelly Simpson, MSW, LICSW | Clinical Director | AMBIT Coordinator, Ellenhorn Los Angeles
Shweta Sharma, Psy.D. Senior staff psychologist at The Menninger Clinic

Human ability to imagine mental states in themselves and others, that is, mentalizing, plays a key role in guiding interpersonal interactions and social collaboration; creating vulnerability, as well as, resilience in stressful social contexts; and facilitating social learning. Mentalization-based approaches are developmentally rooted, which makes them particularly a good fit when working with behavioral, emotional, and learning difficulties faced by adolescents and young adults. We highlight the benefits of using mentalizing principles as a framework for working with adolescents and young adults. We will also discuss the history of Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) and how the model is utilized for effective, connected, person-centered treatment. Participants will learn what types of clients and teams benefit from the model and how it manages anxiety through connection.