About this course

Course overview

We have developed a new approach to working with children and young people in foster care (called MBT-Fostering), to try and support their emotional wellbeing more effectively.

MBT-Fostering aims to promote the quality of relationships, support effective and sensitive foster care, and help carers to help the child in their care understand and manage emotions better. The focus is on improving the core components of secure attachment, including collaboration, and parental (or carer) reflective capacity. The MBT-Fostering approach pays particular attention to developing reflective practice for all professionals working with looked after children (LAC).

The course will cover

Mentalization- an introduction-what is it and why it is important for our LAC.

The course will offer input for professionals supporting foster carers to develop their capacity to offer consultation, psychoeducational and direct work to looked after children/ young people and their foster families using a mentalization based approach.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for all social workers working in fostering, CAMHS clinicians and other professionals supporting looked after children and their families.

Aims of the course?

  • To introduce participants to mentalization
  • To understand the impact of early trauma on the development of mentalization
  • For professionals working in fostering to be able to develop foster carers understanding of the children in their care, improving relational understanding and developing their own and their children’s reflective capacity.