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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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  • 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)
    • 27th September 2021 - 28th September 2021
    • 2 day
    Details
  • Transformation Seminar: Guilaine Kinouani - Whiteness as pathology: shifting the location of disturbance to dismantle social inequality

    In this seminar, Guilaine Kinouani, award-nominated writer of the blog, RaceReflections.co.uk, wishes to propose that in order to address widespread social inequality we need not only to redefine what mental health is but also to start to pay much closer attention to the psychological functioning of those who continue to evade much of our mental health theorisation.

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 28th September 2021
    • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Details
  • Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction

    • Online – self-directed learning
    • 1st October 2021
    • Online Training Programme - 6 hours learning content
    Details
  • Family Ties: Therapeutic assessment and treatment of high conflict separated parents and their children

    • 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)
    • 5th October 2021 - 9th November 2021
    • 6 half days
    Details
  • Developing a mentally healthy school - primary school training | Live 5 hours

    • 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)
    • 8th October 2021
    • 5 hours
    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)
    • 8th October 2021
    • 1 day
    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)
    • 11th October 2021 - 18th October 2021
    • 2 half days
    Details
  • Assessment of children and families in care proceedings: an Anna Freud Centre approach

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 12th October 2021 - 14th October 2021
    • 3 days
    Details
  • Developing a mentally healthy school - secondary and FE College training | Live 5 hours

    • 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)
    • 12th October 2021
    • 5 hours
    Details
  • Principles & Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

    The aim of this course is to extend the understanding and skills particular to therapeutically-based, early intervention with attachment disorders. The course will examine the complexity of the work.

    • 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)
    • 12th October 2021 - 15th October 2021
    • 3.5 days
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training

    Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and in others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states. A focus on this very human activity as a therapeutic intervention forms the core of mentalization based treatment (MBT). MBT was initially developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) although it is now being used on a wide range of disorders.

    • 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)
    • 15th October 2021 - 12th November 2021
    • 1 month programme (3 days live training and 21 hours self-guided content - online course)
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) - Supervisor Training

    The course aims to develop advanced skills in group and individual supervision of IPT practice. The 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 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)
    • 18th October 2021
    • Five days (2 + 2 + 1)
    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)
    • 26th October 2021 - 15th December 2021
    • 6 half days
    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)
    • 1st November 2021
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Implementing Family Hubs

    The National Centre for Family Hubs (NCFH) is hosting a virtual conference on Implementing Family Hubs. The event will launch the pilot of the Family Hubs Implementation Toolkit: a collection of coproduced resources aimed to support Local Authorities, Health, Education and VCS teams to implement Family Hubs in their local area.

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 2nd November 2021
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Transformation Seminar: Professor Paul Ramchandani - Can we make prevention in mental health really work?

    The case for prevention and early intervention in mental health is well established and the potential benefits in health and economic terms are frequently stated. Yet, progress in the widespread implementation of effective prevention is slow and challenging. There are multiple reasons for this, and in this talk Professor Paul Ramchandani wants to discuss some of the hard truths and challenges we face if we are to make prevention a reality.

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 2nd November 2021
    • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Details
  • Managing anxiety in children and young people - training for schools

    • 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)
    • 3rd November 2021
    • 5 hours
    Details
  • Mentalizing in practice: working with parents and infants

    • 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 November 2021 - 11th November 2021
    • 2 days
    Details
  • 43rd International Scientific Colloquium: Emerging from Loss: Mourning and Adaptation

    This conference will discuss emerging from loss and its implications from a psychoanalytic perspective.

    • 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)
    • 5th November 2021 - 6th November 2021
    • 2 days
    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)
    • 5th November 2021 - 3rd December 2021
    • 5 days
    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)
    • 8th November 2021 - 15th November 2021
    • 3 days
    Details
  • Supporting young people’s wellbeing across the system: learning from HeadStart

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 9th November 2021
    • 2 hours
    Details
  • HeadStart in Schools

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 10th November 2021
    • 2 hours
    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)
    • 10th November 2021 - 12th November 2021
    • 3 days
    Details
  • Developing a mentally healthy school - primary school training | Live 2 hours

    • 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 November 2021
    • 2 hours
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT)

    The five day course will provide experienced mental health professionals with an introduction to the IPT model. The course will cover the knowledge competencies for IPT with depression 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)
    • 15th November 2021 - 19th November 2021
    • 6 days
    Details
  • Engaging and supporting fathers in the perinatal period

    • 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 2021
    • 1 day
    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)
    • 18th November 2021 - 19th November 2021
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training (Mexico, Spanish-speaking delegates only)

    Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and in others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states. A focus on this very human activity as a therapeutic intervention forms the core of mentalization based treatment (MBT). MBT was initially developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) although it is now being used on a wide range of disorders.

    • 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)
    • 18th November 2021 - 20th November 2021
    • 1 month programme (3 days live training and 21 hours self-guided content - online course)
    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)
    • 22nd November 2021 - 26th November 2021
    • One full day, four half days
    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 - 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 2021
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Child Triangulation Processes: A new, child centered framework for understanding resistance to contact

    In this webinar we introduce a framework developed over the last seven years at the Anna Freud Centre: ‘Child Triangulation processes’ are dimensions along which a child can become exposed to or involved with parental conflict and can impact on their willingness to have contact with a non-resident parent. Assessment using these child focused dimensions can inform intervention and therapy. In this webinar we outline the framework and illustrate how it can be applied using hypothetical case examples.

    • 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 November 2021
    • 1 hour
    Details
  • Mentalization Skills in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

    This workshop is aimed at 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. We aim to learn from each other! Knowledge of Mentalization or IPT techniques is not assumed and a concise introduction to the key ideas underpinning Mentalization and their relevance for IPT practice will be covered. This workshop will employ a combination of didactic teaching, discussion of clinical illustrations, demonstrations as well as participant and tutor led 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)
    • 26th November 2021
    • 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)
    • 3rd December 2021
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Managing anxiety in children and young people - training for schools

    • 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 December 2021
    • 2 hours
    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)
    • 17th January 2022 - 4th February 2022
    • 4 days (with a break between all days)
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment with Children (MBT-C): Working with trauma

    This course is for those who have already attended an introductory course on mentalization-based therapy with children or families (MBT-C on MBT-F), and wish to further their learning in relation to the model.

    • 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 2022 - 20th January 2022
    • 2 days
    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)
    • 31st January 2022 - 4th February 2022
    • 5 half days
    Details
  • Parental Embodied Mentalizing Assessment (PEMA™): 8-week Reflective 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)
    • 1st February 2022 - 31st December 2022
    • 8 x 90-minute video-conference calls
    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)
    • 21st April 2022 - 26th May 2022
    • Six afternoons (approximately 18 hours)
    Details
  • CBT & Motivational Interviewing: Supporting children & 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)
    • 10th May 2022
    • One day
    Details
  • Assessment of parental representations

    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)
    • 11th May 2022 - 13th May 2022
    • Two days spread over three days
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

    DIT is designed to be implemented by therapists with an interest in and experience of psychoanalytic/dynamic psychotherapy. The workshop provides a basic introduction sufficient to enable participants to begin practicing this manualized treatment with 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)
    • 12th May 2022 - 26th May 2022
    • 5 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)
    • 10th June 2022
    • 1 day
    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
  • 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
  • Senior mental health lead training

    The Anna Freud Centre’s Senior mental health lead offer is a 2-day online training course, combining the expertise of the Centre’s clinicians and tutors with a knowledgeable community of practice. The training will support senior education leaders and designated mental health leads and commences in Autumn 2021.

    • Online
    • 7 live modules over two training days and an optional 2 hour reflective session
    Details
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