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  • Marte Meo International | Developmental psychology | Entwicklungspsychologie | Ingrid Lund | Rolf Rohde | Metalization

    »I discovered something new about myself«
    Marte Meo as a basis for increased capacity for mentalization

    Published:March, 2015

    Author: Ingrid Lund ,
    Rolf Rohde

    Keyword: Mentalization

    Sub keywords: Mentalization & Marte Meo
    Orphan home
    Qualitative interview
    Special needs

    Marte Meo Magazine 2015 | Article 48E
    1. Introduction
    Over its 25-year history, the Marte Meo method has been an approach that has crossed cultural and national boundaries (Vik & Rohde, 2014). Its focus on the quality and strength of relationships transcend cultural difference, age and language.
    The method became an important part of competence development among …

    … employees at Western Balkan orphanages through the project »Competence building – in the best interest of children, a network-based project between Western Balkan orphanages and the University of Agder (UiA)«. Researchers from the UiA, therapists from the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ABUP) at Sørlandet Sykehus Health Enterprise and the Kristiansand Municipality developed a training and counselling programme in Marte Meo as a sub-project of the competence development project. The project has three main objectives:
    1 to support and contribute to the development of a network between Western Balkan orphanages,
    2 to support and contribute to competence building and education in child care for leaders and staff,
    3 to contribute to reflection and discussion on qualities in child care and children’s living conditions at orphanages.

    Table of Contents:
    1. Introduction
    2. Capacity for mentalization
    3. Method
    3.1. Sample
    3.2. Focus group interviews
    3.3. Using an interpreter; validity and reliability challenges in the study
    3.4. Analysis
    3.5. Ethical reflection
    4. Discussion
    4.1. Marte Meo at the orphanage
    4.2. The importance of interpretation
    4.3. About understanding our own and others’ misunderstandings
    5. Concluding reflection

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