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Lighthouse MBT-P

  • Project summary

    The Lighthouse Mentalization-Based Treatment for Parents (MBT-P) programme is a manualised intervention developed specifically for parents experiencing complex difficulties. It is an adaptation of the evidence-based MBT model and includes individual therapy and group psychoeducation. The programme aims to help parents to mentalize better about themselves and their children, especially in difficult moments, thus strengthening the parent-child relationship, improving parental sensitivity to the child’s needs and reducing the risk of harm to the child. A pilot evaluation demonstrated positive initial outcomes in terms of parenting confidence and parental sensitivity. Qualitative interviews showed that most parents found the intervention to be “life changing”. The project team are now planning further larger scales evaluation of the intervention.

  • Project team

    Gerry Byrne

    Michelle Sleed

    Nick Midgley

    Pasco Fearon

    Peter Martin



    Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Publications

    Byrne, G., Sleed, M., Midgley, N., Fearon, P., Mein, C., Bateman, A., & Fonagy, P. (2018). Lighthouse Parenting Programme: Description and pilot evaluation of mentalization-based treatment to address child maltreatment. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 1359104518807741.

    Volkert, J., Georg, A., Hauschild, S., Herpertz, S. C., Neukel, C., Byrne, G., & Taubner, S. (2019). Bindungskompetenzen psychisch kranker Eltern stärken: Adaptation und Pilottestung des mentalisierungsbasierten Leuchtturm-Elternprogramms. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 68(1), 27-42.