Mentalizing Initiative

MBT - Group Therapy Training


Professor Anthony Bateman

OCTOBER 3rd, 2023
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Villa Graziadio Executive Center
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
Detailed information will be sent upon registration

MBT-Group Therapy Triaining


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to attend one of the most
requested courses taught by the creator of MBT!

In order to provide a personal and valuable learning experience, this course will be offered in person only.

CE credits available**

Target Audience:

Licensed mental health clinicians in the community and/or academic settings of various disciplines, (namely MDs, PhDs, LCSWs, and LMFTs) who represent various settings including private practice, mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatry units, psychoanalytic institutes and clinics, emergency departments and/or residential treatment programs who have successfully completed the 3-day MBT Basic Training at one of the approved MBT international training centres.

About the Course

MBT-G differentiates group therapy from traditional interpersonal and skills group therapies. Group psychotherapy is a powerful context in which to focus on mental states of self and others. The primary aim of an MBT group is to provide a “training ground” for interpersonal mentalizing between all participants.

Early registration
Before July 1, 2023 – $250
After July 1, 2023 – $325

This 1-day in-person workshop provides specific training on how to develop and run Mentalization Based Treatment groups.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Identify and differentiate MBT Group Therapy from traditional interpersonal and skills based psychotherapy groups. 
  2. Contrast the role of facilitators in the MBT Introductory Psychoeducation Group from the MBT Implicit Group.
  3. Describe how to structure and offer an MBT Psychoeducational Group.
  4. Describe how to structure and offer an MBT Group that prepares patients for longer term treatment.
  5. Define and demonstrate the structure and trajectory of MBT groups.
  6. Apply MBT interventions that aim to increase mentalizing within the group framework.
  7. Manage the complexities and challenges inherent to group work with personality disorders.
What’s Included
7 hours of CE credits available*
*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.
Instructor: Anthony Bateman MA, FRCPsych

Professor Bateman is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist and MBT coordinator, 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.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: All cancellations are subject to a $100.00 processing fee and must be received no later than July 1, 2023. No refunds will be given after this date. However, if you cannot attend, you may send someone in your absence by emailing:

Grievance Policy: Please click here.

Featured Speakers

Eia Asen

Peter Fonagy


This course draws on the empirically supported mentalization-based treatment (MBT) model and interweaves it with systemic therapy concepts and interventions. It includes guidance for setting up sessions and engaging clients; addressing emotional and behavioral difficulties that frequently lead families to seek treatment; and implementing playful activities, exercises, and games that equip family members to change problematic relationship patterns.
“MIST has the singular aim of supporting clients in identifying and overcoming barriers to mentalizing. The model holds an optimistic view of the mind assuming that recovery of mentalizing will ensure that solutions will be found, obstacles will be overcome and the natural healing process will occur”.
Eia Asen and Peter Fonagy
Mentalization Based Treatment of Families, 2021

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Includes 25 CE credits

The Mentalizing Initiative (MI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The MI maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

10 Session Course Fee


What is Mentalizing?

Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to, and understand our behaviors and those of others on the basis of, mental states. This is the focus of MBT, which was initially developed by Drs. Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) but now used in the treatment on a wide range of psychological disorders. MBT derived from early infant attachment and childhood development and interfaces with current research and social cognition . In this course, participants will learn how to recognize mentalizing vulnerabilities and implement MBT techniques in their work with high-conflict couples and families.

Common clinical situations are discussed and ‘role played’ to practice MBT techniques. Therapists are directed to focus on the patient’s mental state and on their understanding of here and now 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. 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 couples and families.

Reserve Your Space Now

This 10 session course meets on select Wednesdays beginning October 19, 2022 and includes 25 continuing education credits. Don’t miss this very special learning opportunity!

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