Mentalization-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders


2 days

About this course

The course will cover the implementation of iMBT-ED (psycho-education), and individual and group MBT-ED.  The relevance of mentalizing to eating disorders and their therapists will be covered as well as how we manage risk and encourage behaviour change in a mentalizing therapy. Delegates will be able to use MBT techniques developed in other clinical contexts, applied to patients with eating disorders. We will provide some information on supervision and we will ask delegates to discuss how they would approach implementing MBT-ED in their own clinical practice.

Course overview

This course provides participants with the information and skills required to use Mentalization Based Therapy in patients with Eating Disorders. The approach arises from the clinical experience of the course tutors, both experts in eating disorders and MBT, in clinical practice and from a randomised controlled trial of MBT-ED versus standard treatment in eating disorders (the NOURISHED study). Teaching methods used are seminars, demonstrations, videos and role-play exercises.  Some written material will be provided.

Who is this course suitable for?

In order to take the course, we require trainees:

  1. To have attended an AFNCCF accredited MBT Basic Training. This is so that basic MBT principles can be assumed, and the Eating Disorders course can concentrate on the specialist aspects of MBT-ED.
  2. To have worked professionally with patients with Eating Disorders for at least 6 months and be aware of the key issues presented by patients with these disorders.
  3. To have a background mental health profession such as mental health nursing, psychiatry, psychology or psychotherapy.

Aims of the course?

  •  Understand how mentalizing is relevant to patients with Eating Disorders and their therapists.
  • Learn how to encourage better mentalizing in patients and therapists
  • Learn specific techniques associated with mentalization based therapies.
  • Manage specific symptoms such as weight loss and bulimia, which trouble patients with Eating Disorders.
  • Develop plans to introduce MBT-ED in delegates’ work context.