About this course

One of the most promising empirically supported therapies in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder in adolescents is Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A), developed by Dr. Peter Fonagy and Trudie Rossouw. A well-powered, randomized control trial of MBT-A showed significant improvement in self-harm, depressive symptoms, and emerging BPD traits in comparison to treatment as usual (Rossouw & Fonagy, 2012).

This workshop is suitable for mental health and other professionals who are interested in the treatment of personality disorders in adolescents and have already completed the 2-day MBT-A Basic Training. Participants are expected to have been using mentalizing skills in their everyday practice and, when possible, to have participated in supervision. This two-day workshop will expand on previous knowledge and embed the basic skills and stance of MBT-A. Participants learn how to hone their MBT-A skills through clinical demonstration, video ratings, and role plays. Using video, participants demonstrate their use of basic interventions within a standardized scenario with an actor. This may be used towards recognition of competence and access to MBT-A supervision to become an MBT-A supervisor.

Target Audience

Physicians, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors who have attended the two-day MBT for Adolescence (MBT-A) training and have clinical experience of working using MBT-A for at least one year.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate application of MBT-A techniques in video-taped role plays;
  2. Describe how to apply MBT-A to adolescents who may have subthreshold BPD or other comorbidities;
  3. Develop MBT-A services;
  4. Train other practitioners in the use of MBT-A.

Faculty Information

Lois Choi-Kain, M.D., M.Ed.. Medical and Program Director, Gunderson Residence, McLean Hospital; Director, Gunderson Personality Disorder Institute, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

Trudie Rossouw, M.D. Consultant, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist; Associate Director for Children's Services, North East London NHS Foundation Trust; Tutor, Trainer and Supervisor in MBT-A, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Maria Wiwe, M.A. Private Practice with Adolescents and Families; Tutor, Trainer and Supervisor in MBT-A, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Supervisor in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Work, Ericastiftelsen, Stockholm; Trainer and Supervisor in Mentalizing, University of Uppsala.

Continuing Education

Physicians: McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide Continuing medical education for physicians. McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 11.5 CE credits.

Nurses: This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 11.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count toward 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 11.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D81149-4.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: McLean Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6085. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets the requirements for up to 11.5 NBCC hours.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

Refund Policy

Due to the small nature of our trainings, the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute cannot offer any refunds. If the participant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.