About this course

AMBIT (Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment) is a mentalization-based approach for teams and systems working with people who have multiple needs. AMBIT is used by teams who work in contexts characterised by complexity, high-stress and risk and who work with people of any age who may have reasons to find it difficult to trust in helping services.

AMBIT consists of principles and practices that apply mentalizing to:

  • Direct work with clients;
  • How we function and support one another in teams;
  • How we integrate and make sense of complex helping networks;
  • How teams and systems can maintain a culture of learning and adaptation.

It is used in UK and around the world by teams working in a range of health, social care, justice, education, and community settings.

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This multi-team training is ideal for small teams, or for individuals who are new starters in existing AMBIT-influenced teams. You will join other small teams in a training with a total group size of up to 25 people.

This is a cost-effective training option for smaller teams. If you are a team of 16 or more people, it is equally cost-effective to commission a bespoke training (see below).

In addition to the training fee of £500 per person, each team attending the training will be invoiced for a minimum of 6 hours of post-training supervision and implementation support, priced at £1200 for 6 hours or £2100 for 12 hours.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for people from a range of different professional backgrounds who work within helping services in health, social care, justice, education, and community settings. This multi-team course is suitable for small teams of up to 15 people (larger teams are better served by commissioning a bespoke training, see below). Previous knowledge about mentalizing approaches is not required.

This training is also suitable for individuals or groups who are new starters in teams that have already been trained in AMBIT. AMBIT is a whole-team or whole-system approach and for this reason is otherwise not suitable for individuals.

Understanding your needs before the training starts

We want to make sure that AMBIT training is as helpful to you in your work as possible. We will be in touch with you after you make your booking to arrange a call between you and your lead AMBIT trainer. They will be interested to hear about your work, its challenges and what you are hoping the training will help with. They can answer any questions you have and offer guidance on how to get the most from the training.

If you would like to speak to us before you make your booking, contact us:

Post-training supervision

AMBIT training is followed by supervision to help teams to implement and sustain AMBIT principles and practices in their work. Teams will be invoiced for a minimum of 6 hours of post-training supervision and implementation support, priced at £1200 for 6 hours or £2100 for 12 hours.

Post-training supervision, which is mandatory for teams attending the training, is not necessarily required for individuals from existing AMBIT-influenced teams. We will discuss this with you after booking, or you can contact us first to discuss your needs:

Commissioning a bespoke training

You can commission a bespoke AMBIT training for a team or group of any size. For groups of 16 or more, this is as cost-effective as sending your team on the multi-team training. You can find indicative costs here and contact us at to discuss this with us.

System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.


Please note this training will not be recorded - 'live' attendance is required.

  • 5 days

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