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We have also been hosting a range of UCL postgraduate programmes from certificate to doctoral level for over 20 years, attracting students from the UK and abroad who wish to advance their research and clinical understanding and skills.

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  • AMBIT: Local Facilitator Training (Previously Known as AMBIT Train the Trainer)

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 17th May 2022 - 26th May 2022
    • 5 days
    Details
  • Hear Me in person event

    A Tale of Three Cities and the Anna Freud Centre would like to invite you to take part in our art and poetry event, HEAR M3!, in celebration of International 'Borderline Personality Disorder' Awareness Month. At this event you will get the chance to view and hear from artists from across the UK, as well as from respected experts by professions and experts by experience to raise awareness and celebrate International 'Borderline Personality Disorder' Month.

    • Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families
    • 18th May 2022
    • 3 hours
    Details
  • Hear Me online event

    A Tale of Three Cities and the Anna Freud Centre would like to invite you to take part in our art and poetry event, HEAR M3!, in celebration of International 'Borderline Personality Disorder' Awareness Month. At this event you will get the chance to view and hear from artists from across the UK, as well as from respected experts by professions and experts by experience to raise awareness and celebrate International 'Borderline Personality Disorder' Month.

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 18th May 2022
    • 1.5 hours
    Details
  • National Centre for Family Hubs Free Bite-Sized Training: AMBIT (Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment)

    Join us for this free bite-sized training session for anyone developing, or working through family hubs, or the Supporting Families programme, where we will explore the AMBIT (Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment) approach and whole family working.

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 19th May 2022
    • 1 hour
    Details
  • Training in parent and carer engagement to reduce exclusions

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 19th May 2022 - 23rd June 2022
    • Two twilight sessions (1hr 30 minutes each) plus access to self-guided resources
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) - Supervisor Training

    This course aims to provide participants with advanced knowledge and theoretical understanding of IPT, and will provide a competency based format for self assessment and clinical supervision.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 30th May 2022
    • Five days (2 + 2 + 1)
    Details
  • Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction

    This self-guided online training will introduce participants to Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments for Children, Young People, Families, Parents, Carers and Teams.

    • Online – self-directed learning
    • 1st June 2022
    • Online Training Programme - 6 hours learning content
    Details
  • National Centre for Family Hubs Free Bite-sized Training: Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)

    Join us for this free bite-sized training session for anyone who is interested in Integrated Care System (ICS) planning, Long Term Plan and Local Transformation Plan design and transformation in the context of family hub implementation.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 1st June 2022
    • 1 hour
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Reflective Parenting

    This two-day training aims to introduce Reflective Parenting; a model of parenting based on theoretical ideas from mentalization and attachment theory.

    • Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 6th June 2022 - 13th June 2022
    • 3 days
    Details
  • Traumatic Bereavement: Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 6th June 2022 - 13th June 2022
    • 2 half days
    Details
  • London Family Hubs Development Community of Practice Gathering

    The London Family Hubs Development Community of Practice Gathering brings together colleagues in London who are leading the development of family hubs or are interested in starting their journey to develop family hubs. They provide an opportunity to: -find out more about the role of the National Centre for Family Hubs -hear about the family hubs development journey in Westminster -take a tour of a family hub -share learning with others working on family hub development in London We can accommodate a maximum of two representatives from each Local Authority. Please try to arrive 15 minutes early for a prompt start. There are multiple dates and times available.

    • Church Street Family Hub
    • 7th June 2022
    • 2.5 Hours
    Details
  • Raising Mental Health Awareness

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 7th June 2022
    • 2 hours
    Details
  • AMBIT Gathering

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 9th June 2022
    • 60 minutes
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) CPD Day: Attachment and DIT

    This CPD day will focus on the importance of the DIT therapist's capacity to move flexibly along the spectrum of interventions aimed at fostering mentalizing and interventions that focus on the patient's repetitive interpersonal pattern, tailored to their attachment style.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 10th June 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Story Stem Assessment Profile Training

    This course teaches the administration, coding and application of the Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP) within both clinical and research domains. As part of SSAP, children are presented with the beginning of a ‘story’ highlighting everyday scenarios and asked to ‘show and tell what happens next.’

    • Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 10th June 2022 - 1st July 2022
    • 4 days (with a break between all days)
    Details
  • Supporting School Staff Wellbeing

    Developed during the pandemic, ‘Leading a Mentally Healthy School’ is a new offer that combines the training expertise of Anna Freud Centre tutors with a knowledgeable community of practice, to support senior education leaders and designated mental health leads during the transition back to education, and beyond.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 15th June 2022
    • 2 hours
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Supervisor Training - Part 1

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 16th June 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Mentalizing in Practice: Working with Parents and Infants

    This course will explore Mentalizing and the importance of the parent/carer’s ability to mentalize effectively, to support the development of the infant’s mind, attachment to their parent/carer and capacity to reflect and to relate to others.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 16th June 2022 - 24th June 2022
    • 4 days
    Details
  • Reflective Functioning Training on the Parent Development Interview

    This three day course aims to provide an understanding of parental reflective functioning/mentalization and to become a reliable coder of RF of the Parent Development Interview.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 20th June 2022 - 24th June 2022
    • One full day, four half days
    Details
  • London Family Hubs Community of Practice Gathering

    This London family hubs community of practice gathering will bring together colleagues in London who are leading the development of family hubs or are interested in starting their journey to develop family hubs. It will be an opportunity to connect with others developing family hubs, and share challenges and learning.

    • London Councils
    • 21st June 2022
    • 3 Hours
    Details
  • Managing Anxiety in the Classroom

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 22nd June 2022
    • 2 hours
    Details
  • Childhood Trauma, the Brain and the Social World

    It is now well understood that childhood trauma impacts the developing brain. We are learning that such changes can profoundly impact a child’s social world, with important implications for their development and mental health. As professionals, how can we better support young people who have experienced childhood trauma to foster and maintain healthy social relationships? This webinar​ brings together leading neuroscientists and clinicians from the field of childhood trauma to review the latest research, including findings from a recent NSPCC and ESRC funded study, and consider implications for practice.

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 24th June 2022
    • 1 hour 30 minutes
    Details
  • Transformation Seminar: Professor Louis Appleby - Is there a Suicide Crisis among Young People

    Transformation Seminars The Transformation Seminars are a series of free online events where we contemplate the future of children and young people’s mental health. Join us as we ask some of the most eminent names in mental health: what would most contribute to a transformation of our approach to mental health? About this webinar 17:30 - 18:45 Tuesday 28th June We often hear there is a mental health crisis in young people. There are fears of an escalation in suicidal behaviour. In this talk, I will ask: what are the figures on suicide and self-harm, what are the stresses that suicidal young people are facing, how important are social media, what has been the impact of Covid? And, behind the alarming headlines, are we seeing a more suicidal generation? Programme The format of the Transformation Seminars are: 17:20 - 17:30 Registration (log-in to online seminar) 17:30 - 18:15 Transformation Seminar 18:15 - 18:45 Audience Q&A Please reach out If you need any support following the session, please follow this link for a list of organisations that can help: - Anna Freud Centre: https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/afc-crisis-messenger/ - Hub of Hope: https://hubofhope.co.uk/

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 28th June 2022
    • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Details
  • Motivational Interviewing and Mentalizing

    How do you help people who aren’t sure they want help? This course explores the theory and practice of Motivational Interviewing – a client-centred approach to strengthen their own motivation to change and support them in making changes.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 7th July 2022
    • 2 days
    Details
  • National Conference: Co-Producing Accessible and Inclusive Family Hubs

    Access is one of the key principles underpinning family hubs. The success of family hubs in improving outcomes for families and children hinges on their ability to reach those that could benefit from support but may not currently be receiving it. The second National Centre for Family Hubs conference will explore evidence from research, the experiences of families and young people, and best practice from local areas and what we can learn about developing accessible and inclusive family hubs. This will be considered in the context of the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on certain groups, particularly those experiencing social and economic disadvantage and exclusion.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 7th July 2022
    • 6 hours
    Details
  • Traumatic Bereavement: Supporting Children and Young People at School or College

    This course will help professionals working in education settings to recognise and support children and young people who may have experienced traumatic bereavement.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 11th July 2022
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) - London & In Person Training

    • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, 4-8 Rodney St, London N1 9JH, UK
    • 13th July 2022 - 15th July 2022
    • 3 days
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training (West Coast USA) - Pacific Standard Time (PST)

    • Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 13th July 2022 - 16th July 2022
    • 1 month programme (3 days live training and 21 hours self-guided content - online course)
    Details
  • Transformation Seminar: Dr Emma Lawrance - The Synergies of Transforming Society for a Safer Climate and Healthier Minds

    In this seminar, Dr Emma Lawrance explores the under-appreciated connections between climate change and mental health. Increasing awareness and experiences of climate change brings key questions: what are the ways children and young people, as well as parents, are responding emotionally and psychologically? What are the implications for a generation inheriting an existential threat? What are the impacts on mental health and what coping strategies are most protective? What does it mean to be mentally healthy in the face of a society requiring radical transformations? What do humans need to flourish and thrive? This seminar will consider the interdependencies between climate change, climate action and mental health, and encourage participants to use the power of imagination and active hope to work for a safer, healthier, fairer future.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 13th July 2022
    • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training Refresher

    The clinically focused workshop will provide a refresher for recently trained IPT therapists and will focus on how to implement the key objectives of the IPT model in routine practice. During this day we will give particular attention to key issues that are often difficult for therapists to feel confident in during initial casework, such as conducting a symptom review, finding a focus, negotiating useful and relevant goals, and maintaining links between the interpersonal context and symptoms across the session.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 15th July 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • 2-Day Mentalization-Based Treatment: Certificate Course - Practitioner Level (Mexico, Spanish-speaking delegates only)

    This two-day workshop will expand on previous knowledge and embed the basic skills of mentalization based treatment (MBT) at practitioner level. Participants learn how to use the MBT adherence scale for individual therapy and hone their MBT skills through clinical demonstration, video ratings, and role plays.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 4th August 2022 - 5th August 2022
    • 2 days live training - online
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C): A Time Limited Approach

    The course will introduce an adaptation of Mentalization-Based Treatment for use in clinical work with children in middle childhood (5-12) and their parents.

    • Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 1st September 2022 - 6th October 2022
    • Six afternoons (approximately 18 hours)
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training for Adolescents with Depression (IPT-A)

    This six-day course, including one follow up refresher day, will provide a comprehensive introduction to the knowledge competencies of IPT-A for depression in adolescents and an introduction to the skills competencies, which will be developed more fully in supervised clinical casework.

    • Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 5th September 2022 - 9th September 2022
    • 5 days plus 1 follow up day
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Supervisor Training - Part 2

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 14th September 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F)

    The basic element of this course will cover the theory and research base of mentalization-based therapy with families, with an introduction to some of the core clinical skills used in MBT-F. The primary focus will be on the clinical practice of MBT-F.

    • Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 14th September 2022 - 20th October 2022
    • 6 half days
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training in Barcelona, Spain

    • Fundacio Vidal i Barraquer, Fundació Vidal i Barraquer Carrer Sant Gervasi de Cassoles 88, Barcelona 08022, Spain
    • 14th September 2022 - 16th September 2022
    • 3-day live training
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) Supervisor - Refresher Day

    This day will be run as an interactive workshop, with extensive focus on attendees' current supervisory work with trainees seeking IPT in IAPT or generic IPT practitioner accreditation with IPTUK. This day is aimed at all qualified IPT supervisors – the model was originally developed in IAPT but can be used by any IPT supervisor.

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 16th September 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) - Supervising the Supervisor

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 22nd September 2022 - 23rd September 2022
    • Two days
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) Moving from Adults to Adolescents: How to use IPT with Adolescents and in a Family Context

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 29th September 2022 - 30th September 2022
    • Two days
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescence (MBT-A)

    In this course people will be able to get an overview of MBT-A; an understanding of the specific complexities about working with adolescents; an understanding of the development of mentalization and the relevance of it in relationships and in the maintenance of a self esteem, affect regulation and impulse control. The course will also touch on issues such as working with self harm, working with trauma and family work.

    • Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 5th October 2022 - 7th October 2022
    Details
  • Assessment of Children and Families in Care Proceedings: An Anna Freud Centre Approach

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 10th October 2022 - 12th October 2022
    • 3 days
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Training (DIT) Refresher Course

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 14th October 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Story Stems Assessment Profile (SSAP) Refresher

    The Anna Freud Centre runs a three-day training course teaching the administration, coding and application of the Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP) within both clinical and research domains. The Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP; Hodges and Hillman, 2004) asks the children to respond to a set of narrative story stems where they are given the beginning of a ‘story’ highlighting everyday scenarios with an inherent dilemma. Children are then asked to ‘show and tell me what happens next?’

    • Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 17th October 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Family Ties: Therapeutic Assessment and Treatment of High Conflict Separated Parents and their Children

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 26th October 2022 - 30th November 2022
    • 6 half days
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Mentalization

    This course is for DIT practitioners and supervisors to expand and consolidate mentalization techniques in DIT. This will be achieved through the use of teaching, clinical illustrations and demonstrations as well as role plays.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 28th October 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • AMBIT Multi-Team Training

    AMBIT is a mentalization based team approach for teams working with young people with severe and multiple needs, who do not tend to access mainstream services. The AMBIT approach provides tools for putting mentalization to use in work with clients, team colleagues and wider inter-agency networks, and is designed to support the development of both local excellence and evidence-based practice.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 18th November 2022 - 16th December 2022
    • 5 days
    Details
  • Reflective Functioning Training on the Adult Attachment Interview

    The Reflective Functioning on Adult Attachment Interviews course focuses on the coding of ‘reflective functioning’ of adult attachment interviews (AAI-RF). Coding of 'reflective functioning' is a way to operationalize the concept of mentalization, which Fonagy and colleagues have developed into a core theoretical concept in our model of normal and pathological emotional and self-development. The coding involves looking at thinking as revealed in interview narratives about important emotional attachment relationships, to see how far the person draws on a psychological model of motivation, of what happens in close relationships - to what extent they think in terms of their own and other people's minds, feelings, attitudes, intentions and so on, when they try to understand their experiences.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 23rd November 2022 - 25th November 2022
    • 3 days
    Details
  • Mentalization Skills in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

    Led by Prof Peter Fonagy, one of the key founders of Mentalization, and Dr Ros Law, this course is aimed at Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) practitioners and supervisors with an interest in exploring and consolidating their use of Mentalization techniques in IPT and therapists using Mentalization based treatment who would like to know more about IPT.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 25th November 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Supervisor Training - Part 3

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 28th November 2022
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) for Complex Care (DITCC)

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 19th January 2023 - 20th January 2023
    • 2 day
    Details
  • Mentalizing the Body in Research and Clinical Practice: Parental Embodied Mentalizing Assessment (PEMA™)

    Intensive Clinical Training Program for Professionals Working with Infants and Parents

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 30th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
    • 5 half days
    Details
  • CBT and Motivational Interviewing: Supporting Children and Young People to Engage in CBT

    Motivational Interviewing (MI) ideas have been applied very successfully across a range of presenting difficulties and with populations who at times find it difficult to engage with help. This course will provide an overview of MI theory and techniques, particularly highlighting and teaching skills in those techniques that might help a CBT therapist engage a young person in different stages of therapy.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 9th May 2023
    • One day
    Details
  • Assessment of Representational Risk on the Parent Development Interview

    The aim of this course will be to provide participants with a broader multidimensional view on some of the other current theoretical and empirical ideas around the assessment of parental representations.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 10th May 2023 - 12th May 2023
    • Two days spread over three days
    Details
  • Anti-racism and mental health in schools e-learning

    This free online training course is designed to improve education staff’s understanding of the impact of racism on mental health.

    • Online
    • Approx. 3 to 5 hours of self-guided content
    Details
  • Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatment with Adults (MBT Adult): An Introduction

    This self-guided training covers most of the theoretical knowledge that is currently taught on the MBT courses organised by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

    • Online
    • Online Training Programme - 4 hours learning content
    Details
  • Multi-Family Groups in Schools

    This training programme is designed to teach professionals how to set up and run Multi Family Groups at school. The programme is packed with detailed filmed illustrations of how a family group works. For this, we are extremely grateful to the children, their parents and the staff working at Downe Manor Primary School in the London Borough of Ealing who very kindly agreed to us filming their Family Group. They are very keen that many more professionals can learn how to run family groups. They have said they want lots more children and their families to receive the same sort of help they have experienced in the group.

    • Online
    • Online Training Programme - Combination of two hours film and written materials equivalent to five hours learning content
    Details
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