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Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C) - A Time-Limited Approach

Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C) is a time-limited approach to working with children in middle childhood (ages 5-12) and their parents.

About this training 

MBT-C is an integrative approach, which brings together psychodynamic principles 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. 

This training will introduce 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. 

Aims of the training 

  • To learn about the key features of time-limited MBT-C with school age children and their parents, including adaptations to online and remote therapy 

  • To develop practitioner skills in assessment and case formulation 

  • To promote practitioner abilities in employing a mentalizing stance in work with school-age children and parents 

  • To develop practical skills in employing MBT-C techniques for working with children and parents to support the ‘building blocks’ of mentalizing - attention control, emotion regulation and explicit mentalizing. 

Who is this training for? 

This training is suitable for professionals working in the field of child and family mental health. Ideally, applicants should have a mental health qualification, for example; child psychotherapy, psychology, psychotherapy, arts therapies, family therapy, counselling, psychiatry, mental health nursing, social work and have experience of working therapeutically with children and families. The course assumes prior experience of therapeutic work with children.

If you are unsure if this training is right for you, contact the training team on, who will discuss your suitability with the course training tutors.  The training is based on the following text: Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children A Time-Limited Approach by Midgley, N., Ensink, K., Lindqvist, K., Malberg, N. and Muller, N. (2017). American Psychological Association.    

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