Our internationally respected trainings and conferences team deliver practical and advanced training to allied mental health professionals.

We have also been hosting a range of UCL postgraduate programmes from certificate to doctoral level for over 20 years, attracting students from the UK and abroad who wish to advance their research and clinical understanding and skills.

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44th International Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy Colloquium

Join us for the 44th International Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy Colloquium as we take a deep dive into the theme of developmental and relational trauma. This year also marks a special anniversary, as we celebrate 70 years of the Anna Freud Centre.

We are delighted to announce that presenters this year include Dr Graham Music, Dr Dickon Bevington, Dr David Trickey, Dr Holly Dwyer Hall and Lily Hornsby-Clark. Our full programme will be released shortly.

Over two days, we will learn and think together about the complexities of this subject with a focus on implications for clinical practice. Delegates will hear from highly experienced clinicians and researchers in a range of presentations, encompassing psychoanalytic clinical work, theoretical ideas and innovative research. Q&A sessions with presenters and opportunities to reflect in small groups make this a fully interactive online event and collaborative learning experience.


Date: 4th-5th November 2022

Location: online

Fee: £270 (Early bird fee expiring 09.09.22) | £150 for students

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Assessment of Children and Families in Care Proceedings: An Anna Freud Centre Approach

This course presents a model of assessment of families in care proceedings that has been developed at the AFNCCF over the last 15 years+. This model, built on the work of a Multi-Disciplinary Team and informed by a mentalization-based approach, retains a focus on the needs of the child, embeds reflective practice, enhances expert evidence and offers a supportive and safe environment for this complex work. Whether you work alone or within a team, this approach promotes the engagement of the child’s whole network as a core part of the assessment.

Participants will be encouraged to explore their own practice and bring case examples. Space will be given to considering how assessments might be experienced by parents, children and professionals. Participants will be supported to engage in a reflective group process.

The framework presented will inform the writing of/negotiating of Letters of Instruction. Approaches to assessment and use of assessment tools in relation to attachment experiences will be described. There will also be a focus on presentation of written and verbal evidence in court.

Price: £500

Date: 28th-30th November 2022

Location: online

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Creating the Environment for Recovery for Displaced Children, Young People and Families

This event will discuss how to create the environment for recovery for children, young people and families who have experienced trauma as a result of armed conflict and forced displacement.

David Trickey, Co-Director of the UK Trauma Council, will chair the session with keynote speaker, Rachel Calam, Professor Emerita in Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester. Professor Calam’s current research focuses on parenting in families with significant mental health difficulties, parenting in different cultures and countries, and computer-assisted interviewing as a means of helping to give a voice to children.

This event forms part of the activity of the Anna Freud Centre's Northern Hub, celebrating research and practice by colleagues from across the UK.

Date: 11th October 2022

Location: Online

Fee: Free

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Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and Mentalization

This course explores the way we work with non-mentalising in depressed and anxious patients in order to restore our patients’ mentalising and reflective capacities. This will be achieved through the use of teaching, clinical illustrations, video clips, demonstrations and role plays. Some knowledge of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy is required: you may have completed the training and be a DIT practitioner or supervisor; you may be mid-way through the training or you may be working as a psychotherapist or psychologist who is familiar with this brief psychotherapy model. This course is a useful introduction to the area of mentalising but does not take the place of the more in-depth 3 day MBT training which primarily focuses on the use of mentalisation with borderline personality disorder. 

The course will cover:

• Practical applications of mentalization based therapy techniques in brief psychodynamic work with depressed and anxious patients

• Recognising breaks in mentalization in this patient group

• Techniques for restoring mentalization in our patients and ourselves

• Mentalizing the transference and addressing breaches in the therapeutic alliance

Price: £250 | £200 for DIT trainers & supervisors

Date: 28th October 2022

Location: online

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Mentalization Skills in Interpersonal Psychotherapy

This workshop is aimed at IPT practitioners and supervisors with an interest in exploring and consolidating their use of Mentalization techniques in IPT and therapists using Mentalization based treatment who would like to know more about IPT. We aim to learn from each other! Knowledge of Mentalization or IPT techniques is not assumed and a concise introduction to the key ideas underpinning Mentalization and their relevance for IPT practice  will be covered. This workshop will employ a combination of didactic teaching, discussion of clinical illustrations, demonstrations as well as participant and tutor led role-plays.

Price: £250

Date: 25th November

Location: Online

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Mentalization-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Guide for Eating Disorder Practitioners

In this course, we will cover the implementation of a Mentalizing approach to eating disorders in general, and describe how MBT-ED can be used in the treatment of severe eating disorders, especially those that have not responded to other treatments such as Family Based Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. We will describe how mentalizing can be used as a guiding principle for a multi-disciplinary team, whether or not MBT-ED is provided.

We believe that MBT-ED is a rational choice for treatment of patients with eating disorders who remain unwell after first line treatments. We also believe that a mentalizing approach can enhance  team effectiveness and generally improve the quality of care.

We will introduce the concepts of mentalizing and MBT as they are applied to eating disorder teams, patients with eating disorders and their families. We will describe how MBT-ED can be introduced into a treatment programme and how supervision and research can be organized.

Fee: £500

Dates: 10th-11th October 2022

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Motivational Interviewing and Mentalizing

How do you help people who aren’t sure they want help? 

How do you support people to make change when at times they are not sure they really want to change? 

This course presents an overview of the theory and practice of Motivational Interviewing – a client-centred approach to strengthen their own motivation to change and support them in making changes. In this unique course, the theory and practices of Motivational Interviewing are underpinned and complimented by the concept of Mentalization and a description of how such work can be supported by the maintenance of a mentalizing stance. In this highly practical course, participants will be given the opportunity to practice motivational interviewing and mentalizing skills.

Date: 31st October - 1st November 2022

Place: Online

Fee: £500

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National Centre for Family Hubs Free Webinars

The National Centre for Family Hubs is offering a series of free national and regional events to support local Family Hub providers in setting up and delivering their early help services, including:

  • Collaboration and the Early Years - Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Integrated Working: Hear from professionals and experts by experience as they explore the benefits and challenges of partnerships and multi-agency working in relation to improving outcomes for infants, children and their families.  
  • Place-based Strategies for Implementing Family Hubs – learning from National Literacy Trusts placed-based work to support early language: The National Literacy Trust (NLT) have been working with partners on place-based delivery in the country’s most disadvantaged communities and will share insights from their extensive experience of delivering place-based work to support early language as well as evidence from applied research.  
  • What Works? Learning to Date from the Family Hub Innovation Fund - The Department for Education (DfE) have commissioned Sheffield Hallam University and the Ecorys partnership to deliver a programme of research for the Family Hubs Evaluation Innovation Fund.  This event will share emerging findings from the evaluation to date and plans for the next wave of data collection. 

 Fee: Free

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Reflective Functioning on the Adult Attachment Interview

The Reflective Functioning on Adult Attachment Interviews course focuses on the coding of ‘reflective functioning’ of adult attachment interviews (AAI-RF).

Coding of 'reflective functioning' is a way to operationalize the concept of mentalization, which Peter Fonagy and colleagues have developed into a core theoretical concept in our model of normal and pathological emotional and self-development. The coding involves looking at thinking as revealed in interview narratives about important emotional attachment relationships, to see how far the person draws on a psychological model of motivation, of what happens in close relationships - to what extent they think in terms of their own and other people's minds, feelings, attitudes, intentions and so on, when they try to understand their experiences.

This use of mental state understanding has been shown to predict attachment status in an infant from the parent's Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), and to predict important aspects of that infant's later development. It is not necessary to have learned AAI coding or administration to do the AAI-RF training, although for those who are trained attachment coders the RF scale functions as an additional AAI scale. This course does not provide training in how to code attachment representations.

Date: 23rd-25th November 2022

Time: 09:00 - 17:00 

Place: Online

Fee: £750.00 without reliability, £875.00 with reliability

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Reflective Functioning Training on the Parent Development Interview

This course aims to provide an understanding of parental reflective functioning/mentalization and to become a reliable coder of RF of the Parent Development Interview. The first full day will provide a brief introduction to the Parent Development Interview and the theory of parental mentalizing. Delegates will be shown how the RF coding system works and how to apply the manual to interviews with parents. The next four sessions will be spent coding interview transcripts together. The course will include homework which must be completed overnight and which will form the basis of discussion the next day.

Date: 21st-25th November 2022

Location: Online

Fee: £875 with reliability | £750 without reliability 

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So What do we Know about Social Connection and Young People's Mental Health

The "So What?" seminar series has been developed by the Applied Research and Evaluation Division here at the Anna Freud Centre. It aims to build the bridge between evidence and practice in child mental health by asking "So what does this mean?" in response to research findings, project outcomes, and the work of our collaborators.

In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of social connections for young people as they enter adolescence, exploring the relationship between social connections and mental health and wellbeing for young people. We will be drawing on learning from a variety of projects from the Evidence Based Practice Unit, a partnership of the Anna Freud Centre and UCL. This will include learning from HeadStart, the Child Policy Research Unit and other programmes.

The webinar will start with a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with an audience Q&A. The panel will be made up of our main speakers, project partners, a lived experience expert and a practitioner.

Location: Online

Fee: Free

Dates: 17th October

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Trauma Focused CBT for Children and Young People with PTSD

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) is recommended by NICE guidelines as the first-line intervention for Children and Young People with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The cognitive model of PTSD in children and young people (Meiser-Stedman, 2002) will be presented and explained.

The training will cover:

  1. How children and families react to traumatic events,
  2. Risk factors for PTSD in children and young people
  3. The cognitive model of PTSD in children and young people
  4. TF-CBT for children and young people, including engagement, implementing this intervention, common barriers, and adaptations for multiple traumatic events
  5. The evidence base for TF-CBT

The workshop will use a variety of training methods including interactive presentation of theory with case illustrations (with clients’ consent), small group discussion and opportunities to practice skills.

Date: 10th-11th November 2022

Time: 09:30-16:30

Place: Online

Fee: £500.00

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