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Our internationally respected trainings and conferences team deliver practical and advanced training to allied mental health professionals.

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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  • The Pandemic and Beyond - how professionals can respond to babies’ needs and support parenting practice which enables infants to thrive

    This conference will address key learning from the Covid-19 pandemic about the need to respond to the vulnerability of infants to parental stress and the need for culturally-informed and unbiased practise.

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 22nd April 2021 - 23rd April 2021
    • 2 consecutive afternoons
    Details
  • Leading a Mentally Healthy School

    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 - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 27th April 2021
    • 12 weeks; 6 sessions of live study (90 min); 6 sessions of self-study (90 min); 6 office hours with Anna Freud Centre tutors.
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 28th April 2021 - 30th April 2021
    • 3 days
    Details
  • 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing: Working Together

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 29th April 2021
    • 1.5 hours
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 29th April 2021 - 30th April 2021
    • 2 days
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 30th April 2021
    • One day
    Details
  • Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction

    • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 4th May 2021 - 1st June 2021
    • Online Training Programme - 6 hours learning content
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 5th May 2021 - 7th May 2021
    • 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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 10th May 2021 - 24th May 2021
    • 5 days
    Details
  • Growing the 0-5s workforce through CYP IAPT 0-5s

    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 we want to discuss some of the hard truths and challenges we face if we are to make prevention a reality.

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 10th May 2021
    • 1hr 15min
    Details
  • Story Stem Assessment Profile Training

    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 - 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 2021
    • 3 days (with a break between all days)
    Details
  • AMBIT Gathering

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 13th May 2021
    • 60 minutes
    Details
  • Early Years Webinar: Supporting Bereaved Children in Early Years Settings

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 13th May 2021
    • 1.5 hours
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescence (MBT-A) Training (West Coast USA): Pacific Standard Time (PST)

    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 17th May 2021 - 18th May 2021
    • 2 days
    Details
  • The Link Programme: working together for children and young people’s mental health

    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 - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 25th May 2021
    • 3 hours
    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 we want to discuss some of the hard truths and challenges we face if we are to make prevention a reality.

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 27th May 2021
    • 1.25 hours
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 2nd June 2021 - 16th July 2021
    • 6 half days
    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 - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 3rd June 2021 - 8th July 2021
    • Six afternoons (approximately 18 hours)
    Details
  • Early Years Conference: The many faces of parenting infants

    This conference will explore and celebrate the many people involved in raising children from conception to age five, who can be forgotten from professionals' minds and excluded from services.

    • 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 June 2021
    • One day
    Details
  • Motivational Interviewing and Mentalizing

    How do you help people who aren’t sure they want help? How do you support people to make change when at times they are not sure they really want to change?

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 10th June 2021
    • 2 days
    Details
  • DIT & Long Covid: An evidence based dynamic approach to long term physical health conditions

    This workshop is suitable for all DIT practitioners as well as those who are completing the eDIT course. While knowledge of the DIT model is important, the course may be helpful for other clinicians who are working with long-term health conditions.

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 11th June 2021
    • 1 day
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 22nd June 2021 - 24th June 2021
    • 3 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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 23rd June 2021 - 21st July 2021
    • 1 month programme (3 days live training and 21 hours self-guided content - online course)
    Details
  • Early Years Webinar: Supporting children in early years settings who may have experienced trauma

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 24th June 2021
    • 1.5 hours
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 28th June 2021 - 2nd July 2021
    • One full day, four half days
    Details
  • Introduction to AMBIT for commissioners and managers

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 7th July 2021
    • half day
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Supervisor training - Part 1

    • 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 July 2021
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Training (DIT) Refresher course

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 22nd July 2021
    • 1 day
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 2nd September 2021
    • 1 day
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 3rd September 2021
    • 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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 6th September 2021 - 10th September 2021
    • 5 days plus 1 follow up day
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training in Madrid, Spain (Spanish-speaking delegates only)

    • Hospital 12 de Octubre
    • 9th September 2021 - 11th September 2021
    • 3 days
    Details
  • AMBIT: Local Facilitator Training (previously known as AMBIT Train the Trainer)

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 24th September 2021 - 22nd October 2021
    • 5 days
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) moving from adults to adolescents: How to use IPT with adolescents and in a family context

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 30th September 2021 - 1st October 2021
    • Two days
    Details
  • Family Ties: Therapeutic assessment and treatment of high conflict separated parents and their children

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 5th October 2021 - 9th November 2021
    • 6 half days
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Supervisor training - Part 2

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 8th October 2021
    • 1 day
    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
    • 2 days
    Details
  • Principles and 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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 12th October 2021 - 15th October 2021
    • 3.5 days
    Details
  • Introduction to understanding and assessing attachment in the school years

    This course is aimed at professionals working with children, in particular children in disadvantaged or troubled circumstances, seeking to make sense of the children’s relationships and difficulties. Attachment theory offers an important developmental framework that is central to our understanding of normative development and adaptation and critical to identifying risk.

    • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 2nd November 2021 - 3rd November 2021
    • One day
    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 (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
    • 26th November 2021
    • 1 day
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Supervisor training - Part 3

    • Online - 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
  • 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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