MBT Training Programme

  • MBT Training Steps

    The training programme for Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) aims to equip mental health and other professionals with the necessary skills and qualifications to implement MBT in the treatment of personality disorder. Individuals can be trained to a basic or practitioner level. There are currently three components to training in MBT.

  • 1. MBT Basic Course

    Attendance at an Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) basic training course or AFNCCF accredited basic training course is required to progress onto other components of the MBT training programme. The AFNCCF cannot assess the adequacy of trainings, skills workshops, seminars, and educational events offered by other organisations or individuals unless they are held in conjunction with AFNCCF. The AFNCCF therefore does not accept attendance at other training events as evidence for progression to the other components of training. They do not form part of the formal training programme to become a recognised practitioner in MBT.

  • 2. Supervision

    Following attendance at the three-day basic course, clinicians can participate in supervision to embed their newly acquired mentalizing skills whilst using them in everyday work. Participants should receive supervision from a senior clinician who has completed the MBT Certificate Course – Practitioner Level training. A list of accredited MBT Practitioners can be found here: MBT Roster - BPC

  • 3. MBT Practitioner Course

    Once mentalizing skills are embedded in daily practice and clinicians have received ongoing supervision, clinicians can attend the MBT certificate course for practitioner level training. This programme focuses on MBT for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), but training programmes are now available for MBT for antisocial personality disorder, MBT for families, and MBT for adolescents.

    As a member of the Mentalisation Based Treatment (MBT) team you are eligible to work towards becoming a certified MBT Practitioner. This pack aims to summarise this process and support you towards submitting the evidence required.

  • 4. MBT Supervisor Supervision

    Following clinical supervision, MBT Practitioners are able to train as a supervisor in MBT–BPD/ASPD. 

    The amount of supervision required to become a supervisor is assessed on an individual basis. More information on the requirements and pathway are outlined here: MBT Supervisor

    MBT supervisors are recognised by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families as having specific competence to act as a supervisor in their chosen model.

    To find a list of supervisors, please visit MBT Supervisors

    To apply for MBT Supervisor status, please fill out this form and return to

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