Family Systems

Mentalizing Interventions for Families

10 Live Online Interactive Sessions October 2022 to March 2023
Select Wednesdays 9am - 12pm PST

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Mentalizing Interventions for Families

About the Course

MBT and Family Systems Therapy experts, Eia Asen, Peter Fonagy, Emma Morris, Shadi Shanavaz, and Joanne Jackson will focus on interventions proven to help parents, children, and adolescents overcome blocks in how they relate to one another by gaining a deeper understanding of–and openness to–each other’s experiences and points of view.

Don’t miss this unique and very special learning opportunity at a great value!

10 live online sessions from October 2022 to March 2023. Sessions will take place on select Wednesdays from 9am – 12pm PST (Pacific Standard Time). The live, online course sessions will be interactive and will run on:
• 10/19/22
• 11/2/22
• 11/16/22
• 11/30/22
• 12/14/22
• 1/11/23
• 1/25/23
• 2/8/23
• 2/22/23
• 3/8/23

• Hosted by MBT and Family Systems Therapy experts Eia Asen and Peter Fonagy

• Live virtual instruction days are designed to be full of interactive and engaging content, discussion, and application – this is not a passive lecture style webinar!

• 25 CE’s will be available for U.S. participants 

*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.

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.

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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!

System Requirements

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions. The self-directed learning is hosted on Blackboard. Please review if your browser supports this system prior to booking on.

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