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Mentalization Based Treatment Training Programme
Mentalizing lies at the very core of our humanity – it 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). It was initially developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) although it is now being used on a wide range of disorders. This training programme focusses on MBT for BPD.
There are currently three components to training in Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) - a basic training course, supervision, and a certificate course for practitioner level. Following attendance at the four day basic training course clinicians can participate in supervision to embed their newly acquired mentalizing skills whilst using them in their everyday work. Once the skills are embedded in daily practice clinicians can attend the MBT certificate course for practitioner level training. Following this, practitioners can consider supervision to become supervisors of others in their work place.
Organisations, service managers and clinicians who want to develop MBT services may find a quality assurance and training document useful which outlines standards for MBT services and training requirements for clinicians.
Our Chief Executive Peter Fonagy talks more about Mentalization in the interview below.