Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT): Basic Training prof. Anthony Bateman and Henning Jordet

Mentalization Based Treatment Training Programme

Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and others. It is when we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states that we are mentalizing. Considering 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 used on a wide range of disorders. Training programmes are now available for MBT for antisocial personality disorder, MBT for families, and MBT for adolescents.

Mentalization Based Treatment is an evidence based psychological therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD). The training is organised in a stepped system from basic training to practitioner level and then through to supervisor and trainer levels.

This course is a basic training which will qualify the attendees to be MBT-skilled.
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Day one: What is mentalizing? Development of mentalizing and different types of non-mentalizing. Mentalizing, attachment and trauma. Mentalizing and Borderline Personality Disorders. Clinical implications.

Day two: MBT: Assessment of mentalization and interpersonal relationships. The therapeutic mentalizing stance. How do we structure MBT?

Day three: What is good MBT? Running through the MBT-manual and its components. MBT and groups.

Changes in the program may occur.

The course will be a mixture of talks, discussion and workshops with role-playing. The participants are asked to prepare to play a role of a patient and/or an MBT-therapist.

The next edition of MBT training will begin in Spring/Summer 2020. The dates will be confirmed until the end of December 2019.

Who is this course suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for mental health practitioners and other professionals who are interested in the treatment of personality disorder.

Applicants for the basic entry training course must meet the following pre-entry criteria:

  1. They should be qualified health professionals such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, clinical/counselling psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers, psychotherapists.
  2. They will have a good working knowledge of theories underpinning the development of personality. This will cover psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, biological, systemic and social approaches.
  3. They will have a minimum of one-year experience of therapeutic work with people with personality disorder in teams or in individual or group work.
  4. They will have undertaken supervised practice and be committed to professional standards and practice within an ethical framework.

It is desirable that they have personal experience of psychotherapy or counselling.


Those interested in attending the training are asked to send their CV and motivational letter:

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