Mentalization Based Treatment with Children (MBT-C) - a Time-Limited Approach
Mentalization Based Treatment with Children (MBT-C) is a time-limited approach to working with children in middle childhood (ages 5-12) and their parents. MBT-C is an integrative approach, which brings together psychodynamic principals with findings from attachment and affect-regulation theory, systemic family therapy and empirical studies of mentalization. It is a flexible approach for use in clinical settings to address a range of childhood difficulties including; emotional and behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, and relational difficulties.
About Mentalization Based Treatment with Children: MBT-C
This training will provide an introduction to Mentalization Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C) offering a practical approach to the key elements of the model. The training includes a focus on the core mentalizing stance, approaches to assessment and case formulation, as well as the opportunity to develop specific skills for working with school-age children and parents from a mentalizing perspective.
The training is based on the following text: Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children A Time-Limited Approach by Midgley, N., Ensink, K., Lindqvist, K., Malberg, N. and Muller, N. (2017). American Psychological Association.
- Who is this training 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 learn about the key features of time-limited MBT-C with school age children and their parents, including adaptations to online and remote therapy;
- To develop practitioner skills in assessment and case formulation;
- To promote practitioner abilities in employing a mentalizing stance in work with school-age children and parents;
- To develop practical skills in employing MBT-C techniques for working with children and parents to support the ‘building blocks’ of mentalizing - attention control, emotion regulation and explicit mentalizing.
- 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. This will ensure you are able to join this training and resolve any technical issues before the training day.
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-C 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- C 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-C Training
After completing the online Introduction to MBT CYP training and the MBT-C training you will have a sound understanding of mentalizing theory and its practice with school-age children and parents. You’ll have developed a range of skills in assessment and case formulation for children aged 5-12 and in using a time limited mentalizing approach with children and parents. We hope you will be able to bring this knowledge to your current practice, whatever setting you are working on.
For those who want to be registered as an MBT-C practitioner, ongoing support and supervision will be important. This will help you to continue to develop your skills in implementing MBT-C techniques and support your ability to hold a mentalizing stance in working with children and parents. If you’d like to be recognised as an MBT-C practitioner, supervision with an MBT-C approved supervisor on two cases is essential.
- Getting supervision in using MBT-C
You can access individual or group supervision with an approved MBT-C 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’d 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-C supervisors here.
- Becoming an MBT-C Practitioner
After you have had some experience in delivering MBT-C along with supervision with an MBT-C approved supervisor, you might be interested in having your efforts recognised and joining a growing group of professionals internationally who have achieved MBT-C practitioner status. Below are the requirements for achieving MBT- C 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-C manual and attended an approved MBT-C introductory training (3 days or equivalent);
- Have had at least 6 individual (or 10 group) supervisions on a minimum of two MBT- cases (one child, and one parent - or for those who only want to be registered for working with parents only, two parent cases). Supervision should be with someone from the list of approved MBT-C 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-C session with a child (or parent), together with a brief case formulation and reflective commentary on the session, to be reviewed by an MBT-C supervisor (not the same person who supervised cases) and approved as demonstrating core elements of mentalizing stance and mentalizing practice for MBT-C. Please see case formulation 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-C practitioner names will be listed on Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families list of registered MBT-C practitioners. Once you reach MBT-C practitioner status you are encouraged to continue with CPD, in order to maintain and promote standards. You are encouraged to carry an MBT-C caseload (at least 2 cases per year), and should receive regular supervision or join a peer-supervision group with other MBT-C 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-C practice.
Please see here to download a form to complete for practitioner status. After receiving 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-C practitioners.
- Becoming an MBT-C Supervisor
After becoming an MBT-C practitioner and gaining further experience in using MBT-C with children and parents you might be interested in developing skills in supervising others. To become an approved MBT-C supervisor you will need to complete the following:
- Be an approved MBT-C practitioner with one year’s experience of using MBT-C;
- Have attended an approved MBT supervisor training (2 days or equivalent);
- Have had at least 6 individual (or 10 group) supervisions on a minimum of two MBT-C supervisions. Supervision should be with someone from the list of approved MBT-C 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-C supervisors.
- With the supervisor's written agreement, to forward a minimum of one tape of an MBT-C supervision, together with a brief reflective commentary on the supervision, to be reviewed by an MBT-C supervisor (not the same person who supervised cases) and have been approved as reaching the appropriate standard for MBT-C supervision. The brief for brief 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-C 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.).
1st September 2022 - 6th 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)
- 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th September and 6th October
- Six afternoons (approximately 18 hours)
- 13:30 - 16:30 (UK time)
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 includes access to: Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction
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I love the use of videos and case examples to bring the work to life. The presenters were engaging and warm which made the experience of learning really enjoyable.
The tutors were exceptional! I liked their smooth, warm cooperation… they embodied the approach they teach. Working in small groups, homework and feedback from the group was nicely integrated.
I think MBT-C offers a really helpful framework for offering consistent and focussed care for middle childhood emotional regulation difficulties. Also, the MBT-C models offers a steppingstone between the different skills sets in my team, where colleagues can meet in the middle and combine their skills in a new and effective way.
This workshop, in all aspects, was one of the best I’ve ever attended. I find Anna Freud Centre a welcoming place and I learned a great deal, also from the course’s participants. I’m really grateful for this both professional and personal experience.