Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training (Heidelberg, Germany)

About this course

Tutors: Anthony Bateman, Peter Fonagy

Faculty: Svenja Taubner, Sebastian Euler

The training will be delivered in English and there will be no simultaneous translation to German. However, there will be German speaking faculty available throughout the training and copies of slides will be distributed in German.

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.

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 to training levels.

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

  1.  3-day MBT basic training course
  2. Supervision with a senior MBT Practitioner
  3. 2-day MBT Practitioner training

Following attendance at the 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. Click here more information about the MBT Training Programme

Who is this course suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for mental health 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:

  • They should be qualified health professionals such as Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Social Workers, Psychotherapists.
  • They will have undertaken a course of study, for example the KUF for personality disorder, and have a good working knowledge of theories underpinning the development of personality. This will cover psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, biological, systemic and social approaches.
  • They will have a minimum of 1 years’ experience working therapeutically with people with personality disorder in teams or in individual or group work.
  • 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.