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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 three components to training in Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) - a basic training course, supervision, and an advanced course. Following attendance at the four day basic training course clinicians can participate in the supervision of their practice of their newly acquired mentalizing skills whilst using them in their everyday work. Once the skills are embedded in daily practice clinicians can attend the advanced course and then consider supervision to become supervisors of others in their work place.
An additional course on training 'Delivering MBT Skills to Mental Health Practitioners' is available to people who have completed the advanced training and who are leaders of training in their own organisations.
Organisations, service managers and clinicians who want to develop MBT services may find a quality assurance document useful which outlines standards for MBT services and training requirements for clinicians.
Our Chief Exectuive Peter Fonagy talks more about Mentalization in the interview below.