DATES:           Thursday, October 3 to Saturday, October 5 2019

Location:     Orakei Bay Function Centre, Remuera, Auckland

COST:             $1200. (Includes an on-line pre-training course to be undertaken before attending).

TRAINER:       Prof. Anthony Bateman -Consultant Psychiatrist and MBT coordinator at the Anna Freud Centre (London)


FLYER:            Click here for more information

Mentalizing - the ability to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states – underpins our capacity to modulate emotions, navigate developmental challenges and maintain relationships. A growing evidence-base has found that people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) have specific disturbances in their ability to mentalise that relates directly to the symptoms of this disorder.

Developed by Prof.’s Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy, Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), focuses on strengthening and developing this core human activity as a therapeutic intervention. Initial trials confirmed the utility of this approach with BPD, yielding highly significant change (compared to another effective intervention) that was shown to endure for 8 years after all treatment ceased. Following the success of this approach with BPD, MBT is now being used effectively in many areas – depression, trauma, eating disorders, antisocial personality disorder, families, adolescents, etc.

Training in MBT occurs in stages. Individuals can be trained to a basic or practitioner level. The three-day Basic course provides core mentalizing skills that can be applied in everyday work. To embed and consolidate these skills, clinicians are encouraged to participate in supervision to refine their newly acquired skills. After a minimum of a year’s experience with supervision, clinicians can attend the Practitioner level training for certification as an MBT Practitioner. Further training and supervision can be taken to MBT Supervisor status following this certification.

This 3-day course aims to equip mental health and other professionals with the necessary skills and qualifications to implement MBT; initially, for the treatment of personality disorder, but this training is foundational for other mentalising approaches (such as: AMBIT, MBT for ASPD, MBT-F, etc.). The course will most benefit those who have experience working therapeutically with people with personality disorder, and have a good working knowledge of the personality development and personality disorder.

In this course, participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice. MBT requires therapists to focus on the patient’s mental state and on their understanding of interactions with the patient. A particular focus is the adoption of a mentalising stance. This differs from the usual therapist stance encountered in psychodynamic and cognitive therapies – being more active and participatory than dynamic therapy but less specifically so than cognitive therapy. As with some interpersonal and existential therapies, it not only focuses on the mind of the patient but also openly juxtaposes the mind of the therapist with that of the patient. Importantly, the therapist takes a ‘not knowing’ stance and yet explicitly develops with the patient alternative perspectives about what is experienced.

Participants will learn how to use their own experiences as a way of increasing mentalizing within therapeutic encounters. The course considers techniques, such as clarification, challenge, and basic mentalizing in the context of some of the common clinical situations encountered in treatment with patients. Common clinical situations are discussed and ‘role played’ to practice skills.

This workshop 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 & attachment handicaps

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mentalizing problems of BPD
  • Recognize mentalizing and non-mentalizing interventions
  • Develop and maintain a mentalizing therapeutic stance
  • Use basic mentalizing techniques in their everyday clinical work in group and individual psychotherapy