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MBT - Basic Training
October 24, 25, & 26

MBT - Practitioner Training
October 26 & 27

in Los Angeles
with Professor Anthony Bateman
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM       18 CE hours
UCLA Luskin Conference Center, 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
What is Mentalizing?

Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to, and understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of mental states. MBT focuses on enhancing and stabilizing mentalizing as a central aim to reduce symptoms and facilitate adaptation and growth. Initially developed by Drs. Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), MBT is now implemented in a wide range of disorders and patient populations. MBT was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment. In this course, participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment. 

Training Overview

This will be an intensive training course in mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for the treatment of borderline and other personality disorders.The current MBT Basic Training is made up of 3 days of in-person, instructor-led content (including breaks). Attendees will be required to do various tasks before, in-between and after the live, instructor-led sessions and these self-paced hours will not be included in the 18 CE hours. Partial credit will not be given per APA sponsorship guidelines.Common clinical situations are discussed and ‘role played’ to practice skills. MBT requires therapists to focus on the patient’s mental state and their understanding of interactions with the patient. The therapist takes a ‘not knowing’ stance and yet explicitly develops with the patient or family alternative perspectives about what is happening. Clinicians will learn how to foster a shared representation of the patient’s experience and modify it to appreciate others’ perspectives using MBT techniques. Participants will learn how to use their own experiences of the patient 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 scenarios encountered in treatment with patients.


Detailed information and instructions will be emailed upon completion of registration.

Registration for all courses closes on September 1, 2024


MBT - Basic Training

For those who have NOT completed Introduction to MBT for Adults

October 24, 25, & 26, 2024


MBT - Basic Training

For those who have completed Introduction to MBT for Adults

October 24, 25, & 26, 2024


MBT - Practitioner Training

For those who have already completed the 3 day Basic Training

October 26 & 27, 2024

Course Fees
  • $1350 for those who have NOTcompleted An Introduction to MBT for Adults 
  • $1250 for those who have completed An Introduction to MBT for Adult
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe 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

Prof Anthony W Bateman MA, FRCPsych is Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist and MBT co-ordinator, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Visiting Professor University College, London; Honorary Professor in Psychotherapy University of Copenhagen.He developed mentalization based treatment with Peter Fonagy for borderline personality disorder and studied its effectiveness in research trials. Adapted versions are now being used in multi-centre trials for antisocial personality disorder, eating disorders, and drug addiction. He was an expert member of National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) development group for treatment guidelines for Borderline Personality Disorder in UK and is currently Chair of the National Guideline Development Group for Eating Disorders. His NHS clinical services are recognised by the Department of Health as a national demonstration site for the treatment of personality disorder. He was President of the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) from 2012-2015.He received a senior scientist award from British and Irish group for the Study of Personality Disorder in 2012 and in 2015 the annual award for “Achievement in the Field of Severe Personality Disorders” from the BPDRC in the USA.He has authored 14 books including Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: mentalization based treatment and, most recently,Mentalization Based Treatment for Personality Disorder: a practical guide (2016) (with Peter Fonagy), numerous book chapters, and over 120 peer reviewed research articles on personality disorder and the use of psychotherapy in psychiatric practice.

Need Help?
Please contact the Mentalizing Initiative at with any questions or concerns.
Refund Policy
Due to the small nature of our trainings, the Mentalizing Initiative cannot offer any refunds. If the participant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.

Accreditations and Approvals
The Mentalizing Initiative is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Mentalizing Initiative maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 18 CE hours. Partial credit will not be given per APA sponsorship guidelines. 

Target Audience
Physician, Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker, Educator / School Faculty, Health Care Professional (Other), Interventionist, Graduate Student
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