Mentalization Based Treatment with Families (MBT-F)
Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) focuses on the application of mentalizing ideas in work with families to enhance communication and minimise misunderstandings leading to stressful interactions and controlling behaviours. MBT-F is an integrative approach bringing together psychodynamic principles, systemic theory, CBT practices and a social ecological framework to understanding and working with families. It is a flexible approach and time limited approach for use in clinical settings to address a range of difficulties experienced in families including emotional and behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, and family conflict.
About this training in Mentalization Based Treatment with Families: MBT-F
This training will provide an introduction to Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) offering a practical approach to the key elements of the model. The training includes a focus on employing the core mentalizing stance with families, approaches to assessment including developing a mentalizing profile as well as the opportunity to develop specific skills and techniques for working with families from a mentalizing perspective.
A useful companion text for this training is: Mentalization-Based Treatment with Families.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org who will discuss your suitability with the Course Training Tutors.
- Aims of the training
- To learn about the key features of MBT-F including adaptations to online and remote therapy.
- To develop practitioner skills in assessment and developing a mentalizing family profile supporting case formulation.
- To promote practitioner abilities in employing a mentalizing stance in work with families.
- To develop practical skills in employing MBT-F techniques for working with families including using games and activities to promote mentalizing between family members, techniques to disrupt non-mentalizing patterns of relating and interventions to help families identify unhelpful ways of interacting.
- System requirements for 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.
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- 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-F training
After completing the online Introduction to MBT CYP training and the MBT-F training you will have a sound understanding of mentalizing theory and its practice with families. You’ll have developed a range of skills in assessment and establishing a mentalizing family profile and focus area for work with the family as well as developing skills in supporting families to regain and maintain their mentalizing, reducing unhelpful patterns of relating. 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-F practitioner, ongoing support and supervision will be important. This will help you to continue to develop your skills in implementing MBT-F 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-F Practitioner supervision with an MBT-F approved supervisor on two cases is essential.
- Getting supervision in using MBT-F
You can access individual or group supervision with an approved MBT-F Supervisor through online supervision groups with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Email the training team on firstname.lastname@example.org 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-F supervisors here.
- Becoming an MBT-F Practictioner
After you have had some experience in delivering MBT-F along with supervision with an MBT-F approved supervisor, you might be interested in having your efforts recognised and joining a growing group of professionals internationally who have achieved MBT-F practitioner status. Below are the requirements for achieving MBT- F 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-F training handouts and attended an approved MBT-F introductory training (3 days or equivalent).
- Have had at least 6 individuals (or 10 group) supervisions on a minimum of two MBT-F cases Supervision should be with someone from the list of approved MBT-F 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-F session with a brief case formulation including a mentalizing profile for the family and reflective commentary on the session, to be reviewed by an MBT-F supervisor (not the same person who supervised cases) and approved as demonstrating core elements of mentalizing stance and mentalizing practice for MBT-F. 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-F practitioner names will be listed on Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families list of registered MBT-C practitioners. Once you reach MBT-F Practitioner Statues you are encouraged to continue with CPD, in order to maintain and promote standards. You are encouraged to carry an MBT-F caseload (at least 2 cases per year), and should receive regular supervision or join a peer-supervision group with other MBT-F 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-F 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-C Practitioners.
- Becoming an MBT-F Supervisor
After becoming an MBT-F Practitioner and gaining further experience in using MBT-F with families you might be interested in developing skills in supervising others. To become an approved MBT-F Supervisor you will need to complete the following:
Be an approved MBT-F practitioner with one year’s experience of using MBT-F;
- 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-F supervisions. Supervision should be with someone from the list of approved MBT-F 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-F Supervisors.
- With the supervisor's written agreement, to forward a minimum of one tape of an MBT-F supervision, together with a brief reflective commentary on the supervision, to be reviewed by an MBT-F supervisor (not the same person who supervised cases) and have been approved as reaching the appropriate standard for MBT-F 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-F 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.).
26th October 2021 - 15th December 2021
- Online – live and self-directed learning
- Afternoon sessions on 27th October, 9th November, 10th November, 14th December, 15th December
- 6 half days
- 09:30 - 13:30 (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 including: Mentalizing and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families (MBT CYP) – An Introduction
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The workshop was very well organized and managed. Despite the zoom setting, there was a strong interpersonal connection with Helen and Holly and with the other participants. The videos, the examples and all the explanations were very useful, as well as the role playing and working and practicing in smaller groups.
It was all that I hoped for and more; it was a practice near approach, lots of tools, internal techniques and how to identify non-Mz and Mz. In sum how to use the knowledge about families and Mz. Great work for our tutors!
Excellent facilitation from both facilitators who came across as "the real deal" in MBT-F in both being able to convey clearly the module but demonstrate and model it so well. The slides are excellent and there is a good balance of this with practical elements/group discussions/role plays.
I would like to thank Holly and Helen for managing to maintain this high-quality training in zoom setting. It felt that we are all being "held" in the screen and every single voice was heard and was responded to in the most professional way.