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

Tickets to this day have sold out but tickets are available to access an online live streaming of the conference. Please click here for more information and bookings.

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
  • Day two will be held on Friday, 8th December and will focus on recent advances in MBT and is limited to 300 delegates. Tickets for this day can be booked here Recent Advances in MBT

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 clinical application of MBT across different groups.


09:00 – 09:15              Peter Fonagy: Welcome keynote

09:15 – 10:00              Anthony Bateman & Jessica Yakeley: BPD NPD clinical discussion and demonstration

10:00 – 11:00              Trudie Rossouw and Dawn Bales: MBT-A (Netherlands & UK)

11:00 - 11:30             Tea Break      

11:30 - 12:00              Alessandra Lemma: Depression in adults

12:00 – 13:00              Helen Brasnett, Sheila Redfern, Minna Daum: Working with Families    

13:00 – 13:45             Lunch

13:45 – 14:15              Paul Robinson: MBT Eating Disorders clinical discussion and demonstration

14:15 – 15:15              Nick Midgley & Nicole Muller: MBT-Children clinical discussion and demonstration

15:15 – 15:45             Tea Break

15:45 – 16:45              Panel Discussion – Mentalization

16:45 – 17:00              Anthony Bateman: Reflection, Q&A, closing Remarks

17:00 - 19:00               Wine and Nibbles

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