About this course

Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and in others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states. A focus on this very human activity as a therapeutic intervention forms the core of mentalization based treatment(MBT). MBT was initially developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) although it is now being used on a wide range of disorders. For instance, training programmes are now available for MBT for Antisocial Personality Disorder, MBT for Families, and MBT for Adolescents.

For more information please visit: MBT Training Programme


By the end of this conference, participants will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the mentalizing problems of borderline personality disorder
  2. Recognize mentalizing and non-mentalizing interventions
  3. Develop and maintain a mentalizing therapeutic stance
  4. Be prepared to use basic mentalizing techniques in their everyday clinical work in groups and individual psychotherapy.

Who is the training suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for mental health and other professionals who are interested in the treatment of personality disorder. The training will be delivered in English with a simultaneous translation into Spanish so is suitable for Spanish speaking professionals.

Applicants for the basic training must meet the following pre-entry criteria:

  1. They should be qualified health professionals such as Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Social Workers, Psychotherapists.
  2. They will have a good working knowledge of theories underpinning the development of personality. This will cover psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, biological, systemic and social approaches.
  3. They will have a minimum of 1 years’ experience working therapeutically with people with personality disorder in teams or in individual or group work.
  4. They will have undertaken supervised practice and be committed to professional standards and practice within an ethical framework.
  5. It is desirable that they have personal experience of psychotherapy or counselling.

Bookings are being taken on the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families website, but more information locally from the organisers can be found here: http://www.mentalizacion.org