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    Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A)

    Explore Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A), a proven approach addressing a spectrum of mental health needs in adolescents.

    About this training 

    Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A) is a treatment approach for working with adolescents presenting with a wide range of mental health needs including; interpersonal difficulties, emotional dysregulation, impulsivity and self-harm.  

    Our training provides a practical introduction to the key elements of MBT-A, empowering participants to apply this model effectively in clinical settings. Gain insights into the complexities of working with adolescents, understand the pivotal role of mentalizing in relationships, and learn strategies for self-esteem, affect regulation, and impulse control.  

    MBT-A explained 

    MBT-A combines individual weekly sessions for adolescents along with Mentalization-based family therapy sessions (MBT-F) and aims to enhance an adolescent’s capacity to represent their own and others’ feelings accurately and in emotionally challenging situations. MBT-A has been shown to be effective in reducing self-harm and depressive symptoms in adolescents (Rossouw & Fonagy, P. 2012).

    The training is based on the following text: Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents A Practical Treatment Guide, Edited By Rossouw, T., Wiwe,M., Vrouva,I. (2021) Routledge. 

    Aims of the training 

    • Gain insight into the critical nature of adolescence and explore how mentalizing theory enhances our understanding of the developmental needs of young people. 

    • Acquire knowledge about the essential features of MBT-A and learn effective applications in your work with adolescents. 

    • Enhance practitioner proficiency in adopting a mentalizing stance when working with adolescents and their families. 

    • Develop practical skills in utilising MBT-A techniques to help adolescents restore and maintain accurate representations of others' minds and their own, reducing impulsivity and interpersonal distress. 

    Who is this training for?  

    This training is designed for professionals in child and family mental health and for those with qualifications in fields such as child psychotherapy, psychology, arts therapies, family therapy, counselling, psychiatry, mental health nursing, and social work.

    Applicants should possess therapeutic experience with children. If you are unsure if this training is right for you, contact the training team, who will discuss your suitability with the course training tutors.   

    Maria Wiwe

    Maria Wiwe

    Сlinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

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