5 days

About this course

We are currently refining the structure of this training in an online format and so the times and dates may change slightly. Participants will be notified of any changes with sufficient notice.

Please note that £500 is the training fee per person. In addition to this, each team will be invoiced for £1,200 for 6 hours supervision, training and manual set up, and support with evaluation.

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.

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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. It is as much a framework for local improvement and learning as it is a unitary and fixed method of therapy; AMBIT stresses the need for local adaptation, and the sharing of emerging evidence and best practice, using its award-winning wiki-based approach to treatment manualization - AMBIT Manual).  It has been described as an “open source approach to therapy”.

Who is the course suitable for?

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, or whose relationship to professional help tends to be avoidant.  It is not a training for individual practitioners.  Such teams (from both statutory and voluntary sectors) include:

  • CAMHS Outreach Teams,
  • YOS teams,
  • Substance misuse teams,
  • Teams working with the homeless, or social care teams.
  • It has also been applied in day hospitals and in-patient settings

The Multi-Team training is delivered to the whole teams of 5-15 members. (There is now also a method whereby two members of a team are trained to train the rest of their team-see AMBIT: Local Facilitator Training (previously known as AMBIT Train the Trainer).

Training multiple teams together can be beneficial as it can encourage the development of a "community of practice" that extends beyond the geographical and service area covered by a single clinical team, and opportunities can arise for creative connections between teams.

Interested in booking?

The first stage of any training will be an engagement meeting or telephone conversation between an Associate AMBIT Trainer from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and your Team and Service Manager(s) to discuss your training needs further.

Please see the full AMBIT training pathway here.

Please contact Gemma McKenzie:

Are you a team of 16+?

Bespoke training dates are also available for larger teams (>16 members) and these can be held at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families or at your location.

If you would like to discuss commissioning a training for your team, please email Lydia Slater: 

Did you know?

AMBIT recently won the Guardian/Virgin Media Innovation Nation award, which rewards the most innovative use of technology in the UK public and private sector, under the category of collaboration.

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.