Mentalisation Baseed Treatment Basic Course



For Borderline and Other Personality Disorders

MBT In collaboration with Peter Fonagy 
Professor Bateman has developed and manualised an innovative treatment for personality disorder, Mentalisation Based Treatment – MBT. As a result of promising clinical trials and related emerging evidence, MBT is being taught and implemented internationally in the treatment of personality disorders. 

Mentalising is the process by which we make sense of each other and ourselves, implicitly and explicitly, in terms of subjective states and mental processes. (Bateman & Fonagy, 2013). Mentalising is how we interpret the actions of ourselves and others as meaningful by understanding the internal states which underlie behaviour. 

3 Day MBT Basic Workshop
Dates: 24, 25 & 26 November 2015 
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm 
Venue: Moore Park Conference Centre Sydney 
Cost: $770 (Members APS or RANZCP) $880 (Non-Members) 
To Register Places at this intensive workshop will be limited in order to maximise learning, interaction and appropriate feedback to participants, so please register early. 

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Mentalisation based treatment was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment. This workshop will equip participants to understand: 
 How mentalising handicaps derive from early parent-child interactions 
 How mentalising failures reflect and cause insecure attachments 
 How psychotherapeutic interventions are efforts to correct mentalising and attachment handicaps 

MBT Training 
Participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment. Techniques will be learned that enhance the client’s and the therapist’s mentalising. Common clinical situations are discussed and ‘role played’ to practise skills. MBT requires therapists to focus on the patient’s mental state and on their understanding of interactions with the patient. The therapist stance is of particular importance and differs from the usual therapist stance.

Workshop Program Day 1:
 Introduction and orientation to mentalising.
 Theoretical basis of mentalising – attachment, neurobiology and psychology.
 Mentalising and borderline personality disorder and other personality disorders
 Structure of MBT.
 General Principles, Process and Therapist stance
 Role Play in front of participants and discussion
 General principles, Process and Therapist stance
 Feed back
 Video and discussion

 Basic Mentalising interventions for psychic equivalence, pretend mode, teleological function  Empathic validation
 Role Play
 Basic Mentalising: Clarification, Exploration, Challenge, Affect and affect focus  Role play: Patient has been shouting at staff
 Basic Mentalising – Clarification, Exploration, Challenge, Affect and Affect focus  Role Play: Patient wants another therapist
 Mentalising and self-harm
 Role Play: Patient reports self harm

Day 3:
 Mentalising the relationship
 Role Play
 Feelings in the clinician and use of selfobservation
 Introductory groups and MBT group
 Role Play MBT Group (Goldfish format) (trainees treating patients in a group if possible)  Questions and Discussion