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    Mentalization-Based Treatment for Antisocial Personality Disorder (MBT-ASPD)

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    About this course

    MBT has been adapted for the treatment of people with antisocial personality disorder (MBT-ASPD). This course will outline how mentalizing can contribute to the understanding of ASPD and how mentalization based treatment can be used to treat people with ASPD in health care and criminal justice systems.

    This on-line training follows a 2+1 format. There are two initial introductory days followed by ‘homework and practice’ in the workplace. This is followed by a further training day. All participants are expected to attend all days and to have completed their work practice. Participants are expected to be treating a patient or patients in their practice, individually or in group, who shows antisocial and/or narcissistic functioning.

    Participants are expected to have read Bateman, A. and Fonagy, P. (2016) Mentalization Based Treatment for Personality Disorder: A practical guide. Chapter 13 Antisocial Personality Disorder. OUP:Oxford. 

    Other reading:

    • Bateman A, Fonagy P. (2008) Comorbid antisocial and borderline personality disorders: mentalization based treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychology: in session.64:1-14.

    • Bateman A, Bolton R, Fonagy P. (2013) Antisocial Personality Disorder: a mentalizing framework. Focus: Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry. XI:1-9.

    The training will cover: 

    • Understanding of violence

    • Outline of a developmental and mentalizing perspective of ASPD

    • Mentalization based formulation of ASPD

    • Clinical skills for individual and group MBT as applied to people with ASPD 

    The teaching will use didactic teaching, role plays, video, and discussion.

    At the end of the course participants will be able to:

    • Articulate ASPD as a disorder of mentalizing

    • Discuss the developmental understanding of mentalizing, antisocial behaviour and violence

    • Formulate clinically clients with antisocial personality disorder

    • Deliver some basic mentalizing interventions for people with ASPD

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    "Excellent course - Dr Bateman is an outstanding communicator and managed very well to engage the audience in the activities." - Participant, March 2019

    "Professor Bateman is extremely charismatic and a fantastic course presenter which really holds you attention and makes the subject matter really interesting. He makes it look easy, which of course it isn't. I have learnt quite a lot and will practice, and try to develop, my MBT techniques and skills." - Participant, March 2019

    "Both facilitators did an excellent job! The course was delivered in a detailed, clear and understandable way with little jargon. The facilitators seem to work with patients in a very 'human' and authentic way, which is refreshing to see. They also have a great sense of humour, which resulted in a lively presentation. I will recommend this workshop." - Participant, July 2017

    Professor Anthony Bateman

    Professor Anthony Bateman

    MBT training consultant