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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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  • CBT and Mentalization in Work with Children, Young People and their Families

    This two day course is a dialogue between CBT and mentalization approaches to working with young people with significant mental health problems. While recognising the difference between the two approaches, the course leaders will aim to explore whether the two approaches may positively complement each other.

    • 2 days
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  • CBT Strategies for Working with Emotional Regulation and Self-Harm

    This workshop will offer strategies from both DBT and CBT perspectives, that can be used to work with children and young people who have problems with emotional regulation and self-harm.

    • 1 day
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  • Child Attachment Interview Training

    The Child Attachment Interview (CAI) course focuses on the administration and coding of child attachment interviews. In order to receive CAI accreditation, participants are required to complete the reliability test which includes the additional coding of 30 interviews (divided into 3 sets) provided by Yael Shmueli-Goetz.

    • 3 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.

    • 1 day
    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.

    • 5 days
    Details
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) 20-Day Training Programme

    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.

    • 20 days
    Details
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT)

    This 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.

    • 6 days
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders (MBT-ED): a guide for eating disorder practitioners

    The course will cover the implementation of iMBT-ED (psycho-education), and individual and group MBT-ED. The relevance of mentalizing to eating disorders and their therapists will be covered as well as how we manage risk and encourage behaviour change in a mentalizing therapy.

    • 4 half days
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for Reflective Fostering

    MBT-Fostering aims to promote the quality of relationships, support effective and sensitive foster care, and help carers to help the child in their care understand and manage emotions better. The focus is on improving the core components of secure attachment, including collaboration, and parental (or carer) reflective capacity. The MBT-Fostering approach pays particular attention to developing reflective practice for all professionals working with LAC.

    • 2 days
    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.

    • 2 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.

    • 2 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.

    • 1 month programme (3 days live training and 21 hours self-guided content - online course)
    Details
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training (East Coast USA) - Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    • 1 month programme (3 days live training and 21 hours self-guided content - online course)
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  • 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.

    • 3.5 days
    Details
  • Running Groups for Infants and Parents, Virtually and Beyond

    • 2 days & second day is divided across two mornings
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  • 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.

    • 7 online modules over two training days and an optional 2 hour online reflective session
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  • Structured Clinical Management (SCM)

    • Three days (2 + 1 format)
    Details
  • Supervision in the Early Years

    • 5 days (over a 4-month period)
    Details
  • Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) for Children and Young People with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) is the only intervention recommended by NICE guidelines for Children and Young People with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The cognitive model of PTSD in children and young people (Meiser-Stedman, 2002) will be presented and explained.

    • 2 days
    Details
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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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