About this course

In this course, we will cover the implementation of a Mentalizing approach to eating disorders in general, and describe how MBT-ED can be used in the treatment of severe eating disorders, especially those that have not responded to other treatments such as Family Based Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. We will describe how mentalizing can be used as a guiding principle for a multi-disciplinary team, whether or not MBT-ED is provided.

MBT-ED has been developed in Oslo and London and a book on the subject “Hunger: Mentalization based treatments for eating disorders” by the three  tutors of this course is about to be published by Springer. A recent randomised controlled trial of MBT-ED in patients with eating disorders and symptoms of borderline personality disorder  was not conclusive but favoured MBT-ED over control treatment in reducing symptoms of eating disorder. 

We believe that MBT-ED is a rational choice for treatment of patients with eating disorders who remain unwell after first line treatments. We also believe that a mentalizing approach can enhance  team effectiveness and generally improve the quality of care.

We will introduce the concepts of mentalizing and MBT as they are applied to eating disorder teams, patients with eating disorders and their families. We will describe how MBT-ED can be introduced into a treatment programme and how supervision and research can be organized.

Who is this course suitable for

In order to take the course, we require trainees:

  1. To have attended an AFNCCF accredited MBT Basic Training. This is so that basic MBT principles can be assumed, and the Eating Disorders course can concentrate on the specialist aspects of MBT-ED.
  2. To have worked professionally with patients with Eating Disorders for at least 6 months and be aware of the key issues presented by patients with these disorders.
  3. To have a background mental health profession such as mental health nursing, psychiatry, psychology or psychotherapy.
Aims of the course
  • Demonstrate that reduced mentalizing is a feature of eating disorders;
  • Teach and practice the features of introductory and group MBT-ED;
  • Teach and practice the features of individual MBT-ED;
  • Teach the concept of the mentalizing team.
System requirements for live online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver the live elements of this training.  Please ensure you meet the system requirements for Zoom before booking on to any online live courses.  Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

The online platform, Blackboard Learn, will be used to deliver any self-guided learning and will provide access to handouts, materials and homework.  Most laptops/ PCs/ MACs/ iPads and android devices work with Blackboard.  Blackboard is best accessed through Google Chrome.

Pre-training requirements

Prior to starting this training, attendees must complete MBT Basic Training.

The new MBT Basic Training one-month course is made up of 18 hours of live, instructor-led content (including breaks) and 21 hours of self-guided content - attendees will be required to do various tasks before, in-between and after the live, instructor-led sessions.

If you have completed other MBT courses with the Anna Freud Centre, or believe you have adequate qualifications/experience to complete this MBT-ED course, please contact

13th November 2023 - 14th November 2023
  • 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)
  • 13th and 14th November 2023
  • 2 full days
  • 09:00-17:00 (UK Time)

Training Fee


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