Online Training Programme - 4 hours learning content

About this course


These MBT PODcasts cover most of the theoretical knowledge that is currently taught on the MBT courses organised by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

The primary aim of the PODcasts is to ensure that people who attend the training courses start the course with some background knowledge about mentalizing. The aims are to improve learning, allow a reduction in the time apportioned to teaching the knowledge base on the course, and increase the time allotted to clinical practice and development of skills.

Each unit stands alone. But all units are required for a comprehensive understanding of mentalizing so you may decide to complete all the units. However different courses will recommend you prepare by listening to specific units.

The PODcasts may be of equal interest to people not attending trainings who want to know more about mentalizing and mentalization based treatments.

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Course overview

There are 15 PODcasts. The format is a brief lecture followed by a discussion of some frequently asked questions.  At the end of the unit you will be given some multiple choice questions based on the information delivered in the lecture. It is expected that you will score 70% or more. If you are attending trainings please make a note of the questions you get wrong and bring them to the training so the answers can be clarified.

The course will cover

The topics covered are:

  1. What is mentalizing
  2. What is effective mentalizing?
  3. Ineffective mentalizing.
  4. The dimensions of mentalizing
  5. Non-mentalizing modes
  6. How does mentalizing develop
  7. Neurobiology of mentalizing
  8. Mentalizing and Trauma
  9. Borderline Personality Disorder
  10. Antisocial Personality Disorder
  11. Violence
  12. Family Violence
  13. Epistemic Trust
  14. General Psychopathology
  15. Summary

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Participants in MBT training courses
  • People interested in the theoretical aspects of mentalizing and MBT

Aims of the course?

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of mentalizing
  • Prepare people for lectures and courses on MBT
  • Ensure participants recognise the relevance of mentalizing to individuals, families, and groups
  • Understand the role of mentalizing in psychopathology