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MBT-C Guidelines - approval as an MBT-C Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C)

    Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C) is for children roughly 5-12 years old with externalizing or internalizing disorders.

    MBT-C is a transdiagnostic treatment for children 5-12 and their parents. Children attending MBT-C may have problems with anxiety, depression or behavioural problems. MBT-C may also be suitable for children with traumatic experiences or children who have experienced loss.

    The aim of MBT-C is to enhance the child’s capacity to regulate emotions and to mentalize about self and others. In MBT-C, work with parents is an important part, where parents are helped to reflect on their child in order to understand them better, and be able to support the child in a flexible way.

     

  • Level A - MBT-C Foundation

    • Available for health care professionals who are interested in MBT-C. Practitioners can attend an introductory MBT-C training (3 days or equivalent), and have drawn on this training to inform their existing practice in working with children and/or parents.
  • Level B - MBT-C Practitioner

    In order to be included on a list of MBT-C approved practitioners, it is necessary for someone to:

    • Have a pre-existing professional qualification, e.g. as a counsellor, psychologist, social worker, family therapist, play therapist, arts therapist psychiatrist or psychotherapist working with children;
    • Have read the MBT-C manual and attended an approved MBT-C introductory training (3 days or equivalent);
    • Have had at least 6 individual (or 10 group) supervisions on a minimum of two MBT-C cases (one child, and one parent - or for those who only want to be registered for working with parents only, two parent cases). Supervision should be with someone from the list of approved MBT-C supervisors. At least one case needs to be video/audio recorded and supervision offered based on those recordings. If the supervisions are in group, the practitioner's own work needs to be presented at least 6 times;
    • With the supervisor's written agreement, to forward a minimum of one tape of an MBT-C session with a child (or parent), together with a brief case formulation and reflective commentary on the session, will have been reviewed by an MBT-C supervisor (not the same person who supervised cases) and have been approved as demonstrating core elements of mentalizing stance and mentalizing practice  for MBT-C. If not approved, the reviewer will provide written feedback on areas for further development, and provide recommendations re: minimum supervised practice needed before the practitioner can re-submit.

    N.B. Once approved, MBT-C practitioners are encouraged to continue with CPD, in order to maintain and promote standards. Therapists are encouraged to carry and MBT-C caseload (at least 2 cases per year), and should receive regular supervision, e.g. join a peer-supervision group with other MBT-C practitioners, and have the opportunity to present their own work to this group at least three times per year. Practitioners are also encouraged to attend conferences, courses and read relevant papers that will help to develop their MBT-C practice.

  • Level C - MBT-C Supervisor

    In order to be included on a list of MBT-C approved supervisors, it is necessary for someone to:

    • Be an approved MBT-C practitioner;
    • Have attended an approved MBT-Advanced course and/or MBT supervisor training (2 days or equivalent);
    • Have had at least 6 individual (or 10 group) supervisions on a minimum of two MBT-C supervisions. Supervision should be with someone from the list of approved MBT-C supervisors. If the supervisions are in group, the supervisor's own work needs to be presented at least 6 times;
    • With the supervisor's written agreement, to forward a minimum of one tape of an MBT-C supervision, together with a brief reflective commentary on the supervision, will have been reviewed by an MBT-C supervisor (not the same person who supervised cases) and have been approved as reaching the appropriate standard for MBT-C supervision. If not approved, the reviewer will provide written feedback on areas for further development, and provide recommendations re: minimum action needed before the supervisor can re-submit.

    N.B. Once approved, MBT-C supervisors are encouraged, in addition to the CPD requirements set out above, to join a peer-supervision group with other supervisors, and have the opportunity to present their own work and work as a supervisor to this group at least three times per year. We also encourage attendance at other MBT trainings (e.g. MBT-A, MBT-F etc.).

  • Level D - MBT-C Trainer

    In order to be included on a list of MBT-C approved trainers, it is necessary for someone to:

    • Be an approved MBT-C practitioner and supervisor;
    • Have done at least one other MBT training (e.g. MBT-A, MBT-F, AMBIT or MBT);
    • In addition to one's own MBT-C training, to have observed and/or co-facilitated at least 2 other MBT-C trainings, alongside an approved MBT-C trainer, who approves your submission to become an MBT-C trainer.

    N.B. For those who had gained significant experience in MBT-C practice and/or supervision and training, prior to these guidelines coming into place, please contact us via the MBT-C website, and your circumstance can be reviewed on an individual basis. This review process will remain open until December 31st, 2019.