Mentalization-Based Treatment: Practitioner Level Certificate Course

The Mentalizing Initiative is pleased to announce a rare in person learning opportunity taught by MBT creator and expert, Professor Anthony Bateman

Los Angeles, California 


Taught by Professor Anthony Bateman

Continuing Education Credits are available for the live portion of the course.

This in person two-day workshop expands previous knowledge and strengthens the basic clinical skills of mentalization based treatment (MBT).

The MBT Certificate course – practitioner level one-month course is made up of 2 days of in person, instructor-led content (including breaks) and 4 hours of self-guided content – attendees will be required to do various tasks before, in-between and after the live, instructor-led sessions. 

The aim is to facilitate skills development. Attendance at the course is part of the requirements for recognition as an MBT practitioner. Participants will:

  1. Have an up-date of current MBT knowledge and research.
  2. Learn how to use the MBT adherence scale to monitor their practice.
  3. Develop their MBT skills through clinical demonstration, video ratings, and role plays.

Participants are encouraged to apply to bring a clinical video or audio of their work to demonstrate their use of basic MBT interventions. Consent from the client for part of a session to be shown for training purposes is required.

A maximum of 5 presentations from participants is possible. Please apply early at: if you would like to take up this opportunity.

Alternatively, participants may present a clinical problem with an MBT focus. This will be discussed, and role play used to identify appropriate MBT intervention process.

Any video assessment and clinical presentation discussed on the course may be used towards recognition of practitioner status and competence.

For other requirements to become a recognized MBT practitioner please see the MBT Quality Assurance and Training Manual on the Anna Freud Centre website:

  • Help participants embed and develop further their skills to treat patients with personality disorder using MBT
  • Introduce the adherence scale for rating treatment sessions
  • Benchmark skills required to deliver MBT at a practitioner certification level

On successful completion of this course and demonstration in expert supervision of the clinical competences outlined in the quality assurance guidelines for good practice as published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFC), a Registered Incorporated UK Charity, students will be eligible to register as MBT Practitioners.

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