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The Training will consist of...

Official MBT-C Training certified by the Anna Freud Centre
Trainer: Norka Malberg, PsyD
3-day training: August 5th-7th, from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C) is a time-limited approach to working with children in middle childhood (ages 5-12) and their parents. MBT-C is an integrative approach, which brings together psychodynamic principals with findings from attachment and affect-regulation theory, systemic family therapy and empirical studies of mentalization. It is a flexible approach for use in clinical settings to address a range of childhood difficulties.

This training will provide an introduction to Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C), offering a practical approach to the key elements of the model. The training includes a focus on the core mentalizing stance, approaches to assessment and case formulation, as well as the opportunity to develop specific skills for working with school-age children and parents from a mentalizing perspective.


The training is based on the following manual: Midgley, N., Lindquist, K., Malberg, N. & Muller, N. (2017). Mentalization Based Treatment for Children. A Time-Limited Approach. American Psychological Association.


This training is the first step towards accreditation as an MBT-C Practitioner. Following the training participants are eligible to attend individual and group supervisions. Upon completion of these two requirements and following a reflective supervision summary and report participants will be accredited and placed in the list of accredited professionals at the Anna Freud Centre in
London, UK.

MBT-C & A Trauma Training
MBT Trauma for Children and Adolescents Training
Trainers: Norka Malberg, PsyD and Mark Dangerfield, PhD
2-day training: August 8th-9th from 9 am to 5 pm

The training will focus on working with children and adolescents who have experienced long term relational trauma, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and the impact of parental conflict and domestic violence.


The training starts with a definition and development of the concept of relational trauma. We address the existing evidence on the psychopathological consequences of adverse relational experiences and the toxic stress derived from them during childhood, and the contributions of the MBT model to the understanding of these consequences. A second section of the training is dedicated to the theoretical and technical principles of the MBT-C & A Trauma model. We also describe technical aspects and resources that are helpful in the assessment of both children and adolescents. This section is illustrated with videos of clinical cases. The last section of the training is dedicated to the specific technique for working with children and for working with adolescents. We approach it through the detailed presentation of a case of a 6-year-old girl and a 15-year-old adolescent. Videos and written verbatim of sessions are presented, which illustrate, in a very lively and moving way, the therapeutic work from this model of intervention.

For more information or further queries, please contact:

k.griffin@lifespancentre.com.au

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