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MBT Basic Training Course
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About this course: Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and in others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states.  A focus on this very human activity as a therapeutic intervention forms the core of mentalization based treatment (MBT).


MBT was initially developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) although it is now being used to work with people experiencing a wide range of disorders. Training programmes are available to build specialised mentalizing skills in work with children (MBT-C), adolescents (MBT-A), and families (MBT-F). The Basic Training Course is an introduction to the MBT framework and its applications in individual and group treatment settings. As such, it forms a solid foundation on which to then expand into more specialised areas of practice.

Participants of this three day training course will learn to implement MBT skills in their clinical practice. Emphasis will be placed on equipping participants to maintain the therapist stance used in MBT, which differs from that used in many other treatment modalities. Participants will engage in a range of experiential activities to embed their learning. 

This course has been accredited by the Anna Freud National Centre (UK), who hold the rights to accredit MBT courses and clinicians internationally. As such, participation in this course is internationally recognised and can form a formal component of a clinician's development towards being recognised as an accredited MBT Practitioner.

Pre-requisites: None

Suitable for: Clinicians delivering interventions to patients who experience complex relational difficulties (e.g., personality disorders, effects of trauma, etc.).

Additional Information about Accreditation:

Attendance of a Basic Training Course in MBT is the first step required toward becoming an accredited MBT practitioner. 

There are  currently five components to training in Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT):

  1. Completion of the MBT Basic Training Course;

  2. Attending supervision (group/individual) with an MBT Supervisor to embed skills;

  3. Completion of the MBT Practitioner (Advanced) Training Course;

  4. Submission of evidence (with supervisor's support) for accreditation as an MBT Practitioner;

  5. It is then possible to take on a supervision case (group/individual) and to attend MBT supervision of your supervision. This will allow you in time to submit the evidence required to be accredited as an MBT Supervisor.

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