Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families

22nd October 2020 4th December 2020

Morning sessions on 22nd October, 23rd October, 5th November, 6th November, 3rd December and 4th December 2020


Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
6 half days



Training fee for those who have already completed the MBT online training


Training fee including MBT Online Training

2nd June 2021 16th July 2021

Afternoon sessions on 2nd June, 3rd June, 16th June, 17th June, 15th July and 16th July 2021


Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
6 half days



Training fee for those who have already completed: An Introduction to Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for Children, Young People and Families (CYP)


Training fee includes access to: An Introduction to Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for Children, Young People and Families (CYP)

Places available

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.

MBT -F Training Live Web Based Training: These live sessions will take place online using Zoom as the primary platform for learning.



The training programme for Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) aims to equip mental health and allied professionals with the necessary skills to implement MBT-F. Individuals can be trained to either basic, practitioner or supervisor level.


MBT-F Basic

Attendance at the three-day MBT-F Basic training is required to progress onto the Practitioner stage. This three-day course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to progress to MBT-F Practitioner Level. Following attendance at the three-day basic course, clinicians can participate in supervision to embed their newly acquired mentalizing skills and become an MBT-F Practitioner.

MBT-F is one of a number of emerging adaptations of MBT (read more). It focuses on the application of mentalizing ideas to work with families, and will be of great relevance to those who already work therapeutically with children and families. The three-day training will focus primarily on the clinical practice of MBT-F, through extended role play, video watching and video recorded practice. The training will provide a thorough introduction to core skills used in MBT-F including

• the clinician’s stance,

• interventions to promote mentalizing between family members,

• and to disrupt non-mentalizing patterns of relating.

The course is delivered in two parts, each consisting of two consecutive days.

Days 1 and 2 are devoted, in part, to the theory and research base of mentalization based treatment. There is a lively introduction to clinical skills, with opportunities to begin practising the core features of the MBT-F model.

Days 3 allows intensive practice of a wider range of MBT-F techniques, including games and activities suitable for children, under the supervision of the MBT-F trainers. In this part we also introduce tools of assessment for the clinician’s adherence to the MBT-F model, and for assessing mentalizing capacity within a family. Finally, we provide an opportunity to practice newly acquired skills with actors taking the roles of family members, on video.

Who is this course suitable for?

Applicants should have a mental health qualification e.g. child psychotherapy, psychology, psychotherapy, family therapy, counselling, psychiatry, mental health nursing, social work, and should have experience of working therapeutically with families. The course assumes prior experience of therapeutic work with children and families and does not provide an introduction at this level. 

From 1st October, it will be a pre-requisite for attendees to complete “An Introduction to Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children, Young People and Families (CYP)”. 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 An Introduction to Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children, Young People and Families training 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 the course?

The aim of the course is to provide mental health professionals with a basic foundation in MBT-F to progress to Practitioner Level qualification in MBT-F.

The training willenable delegates to apply the approach to children with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties, and their families.

MBT-F Practitioner:

At the end of the three days, participants can choose to undertake MBT-F practice in their own settings, supervised by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families trainers or other supervisors experienced in MBT-F (subject to supervisor availablity), to achieve Practioner Level in MBT-F. Practitioner Level in MBT-F comprises:

• Attendance on the three-day course

• Practice video from the course

• Submission of video clips of two supervised cases (minimum of two short clips per case) in participant’s own clinical setting

• Supervisor’s written report

Assessment of the video clips and supervisor’s report will be carried out by MBT-F clinicians and trainers at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Fees for supervision and assessment can be given on request. Following satisfactory completion of supervision, delegates will be recognised as an MBT-F Practitioner. The MBT-F Practitioner Escalator can be viewed here.

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