Mentalization Based Treatment with Adolescents (MBT-A)
Mentalization Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A) is treatment approach for working with adolescents presenting with a wide range of mental health needs including; interpersonal difficulties, emotional dysregulation, impulsivity and self-harm. MBT-A combines individual weekly sessions for adolescents along with Mentalization based family therapy sessions (MBT-F) and aims to enhance an adolescent’s capacity to represent their own and others’ feelings accurately and in emotionally challenging situations. MBT-A has been shown to be effective in reducing self-harm and depressive symptoms in adolescents (Rossouw & Fonagy, P. 2012)
About this training in Mentalization Based Treatment with Adolescents MBT-A
This training will provide an introduction to Mentalization Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A) offering a practical approach to the key elements of the model and how it can be applied in work with young people in clinical settings. Participants will gain an understanding of the specific complexities in working with adolescents and the relevance of mentalizing 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, trauma, and supporting participants to develop skills in using a mentalizing approach with adolescents which they can integrate into their clinical work.
The training is based on the following text: Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents
A Practical Treatment Guide, Edited By Rossouw, T., Wiwe,M., Vrouva,I. (2021) Routledge.
- Who is this course suitable for
This training is suitable for professionals working in the field of child and family mental health. Ideally, applicants should have a mental health qualification, for example, child psychotherapy, psychology, psychotherapy, arts therapies, family therapy, counselling, psychiatry, mental health nursing, social work and have experience of working therapeutically with children and families. The course assumes prior experience of therapeutic work with children. If you are unsure if this training is right for you contact the training team on email@example.com who will discuss your suitability with the course training tutors.
- Aims of the training
- To understand why adolescence is a critical period and how mentalizing theory can help us to understand the developmental needs of young people.
- To learn about the key features of MBT-A and how to apply them in your work with adolescents.
- To promote practitioner abilities in employing a mentalizing stance in work with adolescents and families.
- To develop practical skills in employing MBT-A techniques in working with adolescents to support the young person in restoring and maintaining their ability to accurately represent the minds of others as well as themselves, lessening impulsivity, and interpersonal distress.
- 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 Zoom.us/test 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.
- Training Formats
This training can be delivered live online or face to face. Dates and times will vary according to format so please carefully check the dates and times for individual courses before booking. Before signing up for a live online training, be sure to check the system requirements detailed below.
If you’d like to commission this training for your team or organisation please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pre-training requirements
This training will assume a working knowledge of the concept of mentalization. Prior to starting this training, you must complete the self-guided online training “An Introduction to Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families” (MBT CYP). You will be given access to the MBT CYP training one month before the training start date of your MBT-A training.
MBT CYP is a self-directed online training and consists of a series of short videos, presentations and activities that span six hours and can be worked through at your own pace. Topics covered include what is mentalizing and why it’s important; identifying effective and ineffective mentalizing; how mentalizing develops; its relevance in childhood, adolescence and family contexts; and will introduce the mentalizing stance which underpins mentalization based treatments. It is essential that you complete this training otherwise you will not have the theoretical knowledge to get the most out of the MBT- A training you are scheduled to attend. 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.
- What happens after the MBT-A Training
After completing the online Introduction to MBT CYP training and the MBT-A training you will have a sound understanding of mentalizing theory, it’s relevance in relationships and adolescence and its importance in practice with adolescents. You’ll have developed a range of skills in assessment and case formulation for adolescents as well as having developed skills in understanding and managing self-harm. We hope you will be able to bring this knowledge to your current practice, whatever setting you are working in.
For those who want to be registered as an MBT-A practitioner, ongoing support and supervision will be important. This will help you to continue to develop your skills in implementing MBT-A techniques and support your ability to hold a mentalizing stance in working with adolescents. If you’d like to be recognised as an MBT-A practitioner, supervision with an MBT-A approved supervisor on two cases is essential.
- Getting supervision in using MBT-A
You can access individual or group supervision with an approved MBT-A Supervisor through online supervision groups with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Email the training team on email@example.com with the following information: your name; preferred language; and the MBT- model you would like supervision in. A member of the training team will email you back with upcoming dates, times, and fees for any current and future online supervision groups you might join. Alternatively, you can arrange your own supervision by accessing the approved register of MBT-A supervisors here.
- Becoming an MBT-A Practitioner
After you have had some experience in delivering MBT-A along with supervision with an MBT-A approved supervisor, you might be interested in having your efforts recognised and joining a growing group of professionals internationally who have achieved MBT-A practitioner status. Below are the requirements for achieving MBT- A Practitioner status.
Have a pre-existing professional qualification, e.g. as a counsellor, psychologist, social worker, family therapist, play therapist, arts therapist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist working with children.
- Have read the MBT-A manual (book) and training handouts and attended an approved MBT-A introductory training (3 days or equivalent).
- Have had at least 6 individuals (or 10 group) supervisions on a minimum of two MBT- A cases. Supervision should be with someone from the list of approved MBT-A supervisors. At least one case needs to be video/audio recorded and supervision offered based on those recordings. If the supervisions are in group, the practitioner's own work needs to be presented at least 6 times.
- With the supervisor's written agreement, to forward a minimum of one tape of an MBT-A session together with a patient case formulation letter to the young person and reflective commentary on the session, to be reviewed by an MBT-A supervisor (not the same person who supervised cases) and approved as demonstrating core elements of mentalizing stance and mentalizing practice for MBT-A. Please see patient case formulation letter and reflective commentary submission guidelines here. If not approved, the reviewer will provide written feedback on areas for further development and provide recommendations re: minimum supervised practice needed before the practitioner can re-submit.
Once approved, MBT-A practitioner names will be listed on Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families list of registered MBT-A practitioners. Once you reach MBT-A practitioner status you are encouraged to continue with CPD, to maintain and promote standards. You are encouraged to carry an MBT-A caseload (at least 2 cases per year), and should receive regular supervision or join a peer-supervision group with other MBT-A practitioners, and have the opportunity to present their own work to this group at least three times per year. Practitioners are also encouraged to attend conferences, courses and read relevant papers that will help to develop their MBT-A practice.
Please see here to download a form to complete for practitioner status. After receiving and reviewing your form, you will be issued with a certificate and your name added to the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families list of registered MBT-A practitioners.
- Becoming an MBT-A Supervisor
After becoming an MBT-A practitioner and gaining further experience in using MBT-CA with adolescents you might be interested in developing skills in supervising others. To become an approved MBT-A supervisor you will need to complete the following:
- Be an approved MBT-A practitioner with one year’s experience of using MBT-A.
- Have attended an approved MBT supervisor training (2 days or equivalent).
- Have had at least 6 individuals (or 10 group) supervisions on a minimum of two MBT-A supervisions. Supervision should be with someone from the list of approved MBT-A supervisors. If the supervisions are in group, the supervisor's own work needs to be presented at least 6 times. Please see here to access the approved list of MBT-A supervisors.
- With the supervisor's written agreement, to forward a minimum of one tape of an MBT-A supervision, together with a brief reflective commentary on the supervision, to be reviewed by an MBT-A supervisor (not the same person who supervised cases) and have been approved as reaching the appropriate standard for MBT-A supervision. The brief for reflective commentary submission guidelines will be uploaded here very soon. If not approved, the reviewer will provide written feedback on areas for further development and provide recommendations re: minimum action needed before the supervisor can re-submit.
- Once approved, MBT-A supervisors are encouraged, in addition to the CPD requirements set out above, to join a peer-supervision group with other supervisors, and have the opportunity to present their own work and work as a supervisor to this group at least three times per year. We also encourage attendance at other MBT trainings (e.g. MBT-A, MBT-F etc.).
5th October 2022 - 7th October 2022
- Online – live and self-directed learning (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
- 5th, 6th and 7th October
- 09:00 - 16:00
Training fee for those who have already completed: Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction
Training fee including: Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction
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I thought the training was fantastic, the amount of clinical application packed into the time was quite amazing, without feeling rushed. Both trainers brought a very real time experience of the concept, and the group was an interesting one that played its part in keeping momentum and interest; role plays were great.
Very interesting and engaging 2-day training course. Trudie and Maria clearly very knowledgeable and experienced in delivering MBT. Their knowledge was very inspiring. The use of role plays, video clips, and real-life examples was key I felt to supporting understanding. Good balance of theory and practical support.
The training was really well structured and organised. I really appreciated the warmth and empathic approach from the facilitators. It was inspiring.
This was a really good training. I liked the role plays in particular to get an understanding of the questions to ask, what all the principles/techniques look like in practice. I also liked doing the online training before (MBT CYP) because when you then attend the main training, the ideas retain in my mind better as I already had that baseline knowledge.