Conference will run across two days 7th and 8th December 2017 - this page is for 8th December only

About this course

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is delighted to announce that it will be hosting the 4th International Conference for Mentalization Based Treatment for Adults, Young People and Families.

We will be bringing together world-renowned MBT researchers and clinicians working with a range of populations; children, adolescents, families, adults and teams.

This conference is divided into two days which are booked separately due to venue restrictions:

  • Day one will be held on Thursday, 7th December and will focus on the clinical application of MBT and is limited to 150 delegates. Tickets for this day can be booked here: Clinical Applications of MBT 
  • Day two will be held on Friday, 8th December and will focus on recent advances in MBT and is limited to 300 delegates.

Tickets to each day grant access to a wine reception on Thursday, 7th December (17:00 - 19:00)


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. If we are mentalizing successfully, we are able to understand what is going on in our own minds and in the minds of other people, and realise how this is effecting the emotions, thoughts, and actions of ourselves and others. This understanding of our own perspectives as well as those of other people leads to more successful interactions and social relationships.

Teaching individuals to mentalize as a therapeutic intervention forms the core of Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT). This evidence-based treatment has been shown to be highly effective in treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and as a result has gained national and international attention.

MBT was initially developed for the treatment of BPD, but it is now being used for a wide range of disorders. This conference will explore the advances in MBT across different groups.


08:30 – 09:00              Registration

09:00 – 09:10              Peter Fonagy & Anthony Bateman: Welcome

09:10 – 09:50              Keynote 1: Carla Sharp: Personality pathology grows up: The role of mentalizing View Abstract

09:50 – 10:30              Keynote 2: Svenja Taubner: Challenges in the treatment of adolescents with conduct disorder with MBT View Abstract

10:30 – 11:10              Keynote 3: Martin Debbane: High risk for psychosis View Abstract

11:10 – 11:30              Tea/coffee break

11:30 – 12:10              Anthony Bateman: MBT for ASPD View Abstract

12:10 – 12:45              Panel Discussion: Chaired by Peter Fonagy - Q & A with morning speakers

12:45 – 13:45              Lunch

13:45 – 14:25              Keynote 4: Chloe Campbell and Liz Allison View Abstract

14:25 – 15:00              Keynote 5: Dickon Bevington & Peter Fuggle: AMBIT View Abstract

15:05 – 15:30              Tea/coffee break       

15:30 – 16:30              Debate: Are mentalizing based treatments old wine in new bottles?

  • Patrick Luyten (for MBT),
  • DBT (Janet Feigenbaum),
  • Dynamic therapy (Mary Target)
  • Family Therapist - Eia Asen

16:30 – 17:00              Chair: Peter Fuggle - In conversation with Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman

This booking page is for day two only, if you would also like to attend Day One, please visit Clinical Applications of MBT after completing your booking on this page. Booking also includes entry to a wine reception on Thursday, 7th December between 17:00 - 19:00.