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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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: 10th-12th October 2022

Location: online

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Free National Centre for Family Hubs conference & events

The National Centre for Family Hubs is planning a series of national and regional events to support local Family Hub providers in setting up and delivering their early help services.

Our events schedule will be built around what you tell us you would like help with so they can be tailored and meaningful. 

All of our events are free and take place online.


London Family Hubs Community of Practice Gathering

Date: 21st June 2022

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National Conference: Co-producing Accessible and Inclusive Family Hubs

Date: 8th September 2022

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Free seminar: A New Mentalization-Based Curriculum to Support Teachers and those Working in Educational Settings

Join us for this seminar about a new mentalization-based curriculum for education professionals, developed by experts at the Anna Freud Centre and UCL.

The curriculum is designed to help education professionals better understand how their own experiences impact their work and the students they teach.

The curriculum is designed to help education professionals better understand how their own experiences impact their work and the students they teach.

The seminar will introduce the curriculum, explore the evidence behind it and share insights into how reflective practice can be used to better manage stressful or challenging classroom dynamics.

Expert international speakers at the seminar will include Joost Hutsebaut, PhD; Stephan Gingelmaier, Prof, Dr; and Tobias Nolte, MD. The seminar will be chaired by Peter Fonagy OBE.

Price: free

Date: 4th July 2022

Location: Online

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Free seminar: Is there a Suicide Crisis among Young People?

We often hear there is a mental health crisis in young people. There are fears of an escalation in suicidal behaviour. In this talk, Professor Louis Appleby will ask: what are the figures on suicide and self-harm, what are the stresses that suicidal young people are facing, how important is social media, what has been the impact of Covid? And, behind the alarming headlines, are we seeing a more suicidal generation?

This event will discuss topics on suicide and self-harm. If you need any support, please reach out and follow these links. For a list of organisations you can find further details here or find support through the AFC Crisis Messenger.

Price: free

Date: Tuesday 28th June, 17.30 - 18.45

Location: online

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Free seminar: The Synergies of Transforming Society for a Safer Climate and Healthier Minds

In this seminar, Dr Emma Lawrance explores the under appreciated connections between climate change and mental health. Increasing awareness and experiences of climate change brings key questions: how are children, young people and their parents responding emotionally and psychologically? What are the implications for a generation inheriting an existential threat? What are the impacts on mental health and what coping strategies are most protective? What does it mean to be mentally healthy in the face of a society requiring radical transformations? How can we create a society that enables people to flourish and thrive?

Creating the societies of a safer climate future and securing good mental health require many of the same transformations, meaning there are many possibilities for win-win outcomes. Climate mitigation and adaptation actions to create cleaner air, reduce inequalities, increase biodiversity, support active lifestyles, reduce materialism and build community resilience, substantially overlap with the social and environmental determinants of good mental health.

This seminar will consider the interdependencies between climate change, climate action and mental health, and encourage participants to use the power of imagination and active hope to work for a safer, healthier, fairer future. 

Price: free

Date: 13th July

Location: online

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training for Adolescents with Depression

This six-day course, including one follow up refresher day, will provide a comprehensive introduction to the knowledge competencies of IPT-A for depression in adolescents and an introduction to the skills competencies, which will be developed more fully in supervised clinical casework.

The course aims to enable students to deliver IPT-A competently and creatively and to act as expert resources to professional colleagues, contributing to the development of appropriate care pathways for IPT-A and informed patient choice. This course is based on the overarching competency framework for CYP IAPT.

The course has a broad theoretical base, reflecting the integration of medical and interpersonal models of depression. In addition to providing practical, intensive and detailed skills training, the course will aim to increase students’ knowledge base of theory and research in IPT-A. This course will further introduce students to theories of evidence based practice, feedback informed practice, young people's participation, adolescents’ psychological development (social, emotional, moral) and Mentalization.

Price: £1,250

Dates: 5th - 9th September 2022

Location: Online and self-directed

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training Supervisor Refresher Day

This day will provide a:

  • Refresher on the IPT in IAPT practitioner accreditation protocol
  • Review of updated IPT supervision paperwork for all practitioner accreditation
  • Review of developments in the IPT practitioner and supervisor training courses and protocols
  • Review and discussion of common issues in supervision (guided by attendees) 

This day will be run as an interactive workshop, with extensive focus on attendees' current supervisory work with trainees seeking IPT in IAPT or generic IPT practitioner accreditation with IPTUK.

This day is aimed at all qualified IPT supervisors – the model was originally developed in IAPT but can be used by any IPT supervisor.

Price: £250

Date: 16th September 2022

Location: Online

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Mentalization-Based Treatment Certificate Course: Practitioner Level

This two-day workshop expands previous knowledge and embeds the basic skills of mentalization based treatment (MBT).

The new MBT Certificate course - practitioner level one-month course is made up of 2 days of live, instructor-led content (including breaks) and 4 hours of self-guided content - attendees will be required to do various tasks before, in-between and after the live, instructor-led sessions.


The aim is to facilitate skills development. Attendance at the course is part of the requirements for recognition as an MBT practitioner. Participants will:

  1. Have an up-date of current knowledge;
  2. Learn how to use the MBT adherence scale to monitor their practice;
  3. Develop their MBT skills through clinical demonstration, video ratings, and role plays.

Participants are encouraged to apply to bring a clinical video or audio of their work to demonstrate their use of basic MBT interventions. Consent from the client for part of a session to be shown for training purposes is required.

Alternatively participants may present a clinical problem with an MBT focus. This will be discussed and role play used to identify appropriate MBT intervention process.

A maximum of 5 presentations from participants is possible. Please apply early (by emailing if you would like to take up this opportunity.

Price: £650

Date: 27th - 28th June 2022

Location: online

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Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children - A Time Limited Approach

Mentalization Based Treatment with Children (MBT-C) is a time-limited approach to working with children in middle childhood (ages 5-12) and their parents. MBT-C is an integrative approach, which brings together psychodynamic principals with findings from attachment and affect-regulation theory, systemic family therapy and empirical studies of mentalization. It is a flexible approach for use in clinical settings to address a range of childhood difficulties including; emotional and behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, and relational difficulties.

About Mentalization Based Treatment with Children: MBT-C

This training will provide an introduction to Mentalization Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C) offering a practical approach to the key elements of the model.

The training includes a focus on the core mentalizing stance, approaches to assessment and case formulation, as well as the opportunity to develop specific skills for working with school-age children and parents from a mentalizing perspective.


Training fee for those who have already completed: Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction

Training fee includes access to: Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction

Date: 1st September - 6th October 2022

Location: Online

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Senior Mental Health Lead training

You can book a DfE-funded place on our CPD-accredited Senior Mental Health Lead training. If you’d like to secure your place on our course, please follow these steps to ensure you access funding:

  1. Check the eligibility of your school or FE college on the Department for Education’s terms and conditions
  2. Complete the DfE grant funding form
  3. Receive confirmation email from DfE
  4. Book and pay for your place on our DfE-assured SMHL training
  5. Upload evidence of your booking to DfE
  6. Receive funding from DfE

This CPD accredited online course for Senior Mental Health Leads is a major training initiative that combines the expertise of Anna Freud Centre trainers with a community of practice, to support senior mental health leads in building a sustainable, whole school approach.

The course is intermediate level and suitable for those in leadership positions who are able to implement strategic, whole school changes following attendance.

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Story Stem Assessment Profile Training

The Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP; Hodges and Hillman, 2004) asks the children to respond to a set of narrative story stems where they are given the beginning of a ‘story’ highlighting everyday scenarios with an inherent dilemma. Children are then asked to ‘show and tell me what happens next?’ This allows some assessment of the child’s expectations and perceptions of family roles, attachments and relationships, without asking the child’s direct questions about their family which might cause them conflict or anxiety. 

The SSAP is a clinical and research assessment tool which is a technique specifically for use with clinical and maltreatment populations. It has proved a valuable and non-intrusive tool for examining young children’s mental representations of attachment and relationships, both in research and in clinical practice. Normally, it is best used with children aged between about 4 and 9 years. 

Price: £800 (fee includes reliability)

Date: 27th September, 6th, 7th & 21st October

Location: Online

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