2 days

About this course

In this course people will be able to get an overview of MBT-A; an understanding of the specific complexities about working with adolescents; an understanding of the development of mentalization and the relevance of it in relationships and in the maintenance of a self esteem, affect regulation and impulse control.  The course will also touch on issues such as working with self harm, working with trauma and family work.

Who is this course suitable for?

All professionals working in the field of adolescent mental health.

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This course will assume a working knowledge of the concept of mentalization. For those who have not previously completed an MBT training it is a requirement of this training must complete the "Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction" before the training start date. You will be given access to this training one month before the training start date. Please note access to the training will be granted once full payment is received. The self-directed online An Introduction to Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children, Young People and Families training consists of a series of short videos that span four hours and cover the theory of mentalization and its relevance to work with children and young people, and so it is essential that you watch these prior to the training. If you do not complete these, you will not have the theoretical knowledge to get the most out of the training you are scheduled to attend. The content of the training will not be covered in the in-person training. If, for any reason, you require access to the training sooner than one month prior to the training start date, please let us know and we will be able to grant you access. Please note that training places must be paid for in order to be granted access to the training.

Aims of course

• Understand why adolescence is a critical period
• Understand mentalization
• Develop an understanding of the model of MBT-A as well as the application of it is self harm, trauma and with families 


By the end of this conference, participants will to able to:

  1. Describe the derivation of the concept of mentalization and summarize the basic theory
  2. Differentiate mentalizing from cognitive behavioral psychodynamic and systemic psychotherapies
  3. Contrast implicit from explicit mentalization
  4. Explain the role of attachment in the development of mentalization
  5. Contrast non-mentalizing from mentalizing. Recognize the three social cognitive precursors to mentalization.
  6. Demonstrate use of the MBT therapist stance (i.e., not knowing)
  7. Distinguish the four poles of mentalizing
  8. Recognize in their patients reliance on the three antecedents to mentalizing (psychic equivalence, pretend mode, and teleological function) and alter their therapeutic stance to be able to manage them
  9. Compare and contrast empathic from sympathetic interactions
  10. Demonstrate ability to lower high levels of emotional arousal
  11. Demonstrate basic mentalizing techniques: empathy, clarification and exploration, “rewind,” “stop and stand,” and “challenge”
  12. Practice the use of affect focus and perspective-taking
  13. Recognize and formulate the interpersonal context underlying the loss of mentalizing
  14. Evaluate suicidality as a loss of mentalization in the context of an attachment relationship
  15. Construct a case formulation based on MBT developmental theory
  16. Compare and contrast traditional use of transference to the MBT use of the relationship
  17. Employ use of self-observation in work with a patient
  18. Recognize in patients with trauma the role of the alien self
  19. Implement the intervention algorithm of MBT
  20. Implement MBT techniques into a group therapy practice

We are offering 10-12 CE credits for this training.

For any enquiries, please contact Robin Kissell on 310-859-7912.