About this course


This seminar is focused to experienced clinicians who will use these skills in everyday practice. While in the class, participation and demonstration of skill acquisition is mandatory. 18.5 CE hours available through this event are sponsored by Lifespan Learning Institute.*

  • Conference Fee - $1000.00 Training fee for those who have already completed the MBT Online training
  • Conference Fee - $1100.00 Training fee for those who have NOT already completed the MBT Online training
  • Trainees Rate - $800**

It is a requirement that attendees of this training must complete the MBT Online training before the training start date. You will be given access to the Online training one month before the training start date. The Online training consists of a series of short videos that span four hours and cover the theory of MBT 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 Online training will not be covered in the in-person training. If, for any reason, you require access to the Online 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 Online training.

Mentalization based treatment was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment. This workshop is geared to senior clinicians in the community and will equip participants to understand:

  • How mentalizing handicaps derive from early parent-child interactions
  • How mentalizing failures reflect and cause insecure attachments
  • How psychotherapeutic interventions are efforts to correct mentalizing and attachment handicaps

Participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment. Techniques to be included that enhance mentalizing capacities include:

  • The basic therapist stance of “not knowing”
  • Basic mentalizing skills – validation, empathy, clarification, challenge, maintaining the mentalizing process
  • Identifying the affect focus
  • Mentalizing the transference – including working with counter transference

Please note, Professor Peter Fonagy teaches approximately 1 day on this training. Depending on availability, his teaching time may be reduced.


By the end of this conference, participants will to able to:

  1. Describe the derivation of the concept of mentalization and summarize the basic theory
  2. Differentiate mentalizing from cognitive behavioral psychodynamic and systemic psychotherapies
  3. Contrast implicit from explicit mentalization
  4. Explain the role of attachment in the development of mentalization
  5. Contrast non-mentalizing from mentalizing. Recognize the three social cognitive precursors to mentalization.
  6. Demonstrate use of the MBT therapist stance (i.e., not knowing)
  7. Distinguish the four poles of mentalizing
  8. Recognize in their patients reliance on the three antecedents to mentalizing (psychic equivalence, pretend mode, and teleological function) and alter their therapeutic stance to be able to manage them
  9. Compare and contrast empathic from sympathetic interactions
  10. Demonstrate ability to lower high levels of emotional arousal
  11. Demonstrate basic mentalizing techniques: empathy, clarification and exploration, “rewind,” “stop and stand,” and “challenge”
  12. Practice the use of affect focus and perspective-taking
  13. Recognize and formulate the interpersonal context underlying the loss of mentalizing
  14. Evaluate suicidality as a loss of mentalization in the context of an attachment relationship
  15. Construct a case formulation based on MBT developmental theory
  16. Compare and contrast traditional use of transference to the MBT use of the relationship
  17. Employ use of self-observation in work with a patient
  18. Recognize in patients with trauma the role of the alien self
  19. Implement the intervention algorithm of MBT
  20. Implement MBT techniques into a group therapy practice

This course is jointly sponsored by Lifespan Learning Institute and The Mentalizing Initiative, which are responsible for the content.  

CME: The Lifespan Learning Institute is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The credits on this course cover psychology, social work, psychiatry, and marriage family therapy.

The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

According to the California Board of Registered Nursing,  Continuing Medical Education is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements, as long as the course is Category 1, and has been taken within the appropriate time frames.

APA: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


No relevant financial relationships were disclosed by the authors or the planners. 

This activity is offered by an accredited CMA-CME provider and is not commercially supported.

* Lifespan Learning Institute, tel. 310-474-2505, 1023 Westholme Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

**We are offering a limited amount of tickets for trainees at a special rate of $800. These will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

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For any enquiries, please contact Robin Kissell on 310-859-7912.