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Mentalization Based Treatment for Families

The training programme for Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) aims to equip mental health and allied professionals with the necessary skills to implement MBT-F.

In conjunction with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families MBT for Families is being offered for the very first time to Australian clinicians. MBT-F is one of a number of emerging adaptations of MBT. It focuses on the application of mentalizing ideas to work with families, and will be of great relevance to those who already work therapeutically with children and families. The three-day training will focus primarily on the clinical practice of MBT-F, through extended role play, video watching and video recorded practice. The training will provide a thorough introduction to core skills used in MBT-F including

• the clinician’s stance,

• interventions to promote mentalizing between family members,

• and to disrupt non-mentalizing patterns of relating.

The course is delivered in two parts, each consisting of two consecutive days.

Days 1 and 2 are devoted, in part, to the theory and research base of mentalization based treatment. There is a lively introduction to clinical skills, with opportunities to begin practising the core features of the MBT-F model.

Days 3 allows intensive practice of a wider range of MBT-F techniques, including games and activities suitable for children, under the supervision of the MBT-F trainers. In this part we also introduce tools of assessment for the clinician’s adherence to the MBT-F model, and for assessing mentalizing capacity within a family. Finally, we provide an opportunity to practice newly acquired skills with actors taking the roles of family members, on video.

This 3 Day training will be on 7th, 8th and 9th November in Sydney, marking the first time that MBT-F has been offered in Australia. The course facilitators will be Dr Dickon Bevington from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, and Dr Michael Daubney from Australia.




Moore Park Golf Club Clubhouse

cnr Anzac Pde & Cleveland Street, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW 2021

Free Parking is available on site for attendees

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