About this course


MBT has been adapted for the treatment of people with antisocial personality disorder (MBT-ASPD). This course will outline how mentalizing can contribute to the understanding of ASPD and how mentalization based treatment can be used to treat people with ASPD in health care and criminal justice systems. 

Participants are expected to have read Bateman, A. and Fonagy, P. (2016) Mentalization Based Treatment for Personality Disorder: A practical guide. Chapter 13 Antisocial Personality Disorder. OUP:Oxford. 

Other reading:

  • Bateman A, Fonagy P. (2008) Comorbid antisocial and borderline personality disorders: mentalization based treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychology: in session.64:1-14.
  • Bateman A, Bolton R, Fonagy P. (2013) Antisocial Personality Disorder: a mentalizing framework. Focus: Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry. XI:1-9.


This two-day MBT for ASPD training will cover: 

  • Understanding of violence
  • Outline of a developmental and mentalizing perspective of ASPD
  • Mentalization based formulation of ASPD
  • Clinical skills for individual and group MBT as applied to people with ASPD 

The course will use didactic teaching, role plays, video, and discussion. 


Applicants for the course are expected to: 

  • have completed the basic training course in MBT
  • be engaged in MBT treatment for people with personality disorder
  • be undertaking supervised practice when treating people with personality disorder
  • have some understanding of criminal justice systems
  • aim to treat people with antisocial personality disorder 

Aims of the training? 

At the end of the course participants will be able to: 

  • Articulate ASPD as a disorder of mentalizing
  • Discuss the developmental understanding of mentalizing, antisocial behaviour and violence
  • Formulate clinically clients with antisocial personality disorder
  • Deliver some basic mentalizing interventions for people with ASPD

Please note, Peter Fonagy teaches, on average for one-day on this training course rather than the full duration of the training. At times, due to unforeseen circumstances his teaching time is reduced. The training is led by other experienced MBT trainers. Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families reserves the right to change speakers without notice.