Mentalization-Based Treatment Training

March 3 - 6, 2021







Mentalization based therapy (MBT) was originally developed and shown to be effective in the treatment of those with borderline personality disorder; since its inception it has been adapted to and successfully implemented in the treatment of other personality disorders, eating disorders, and adolescents at risk.

The new MBT Basic Training one-month course is made up of 3 days of live, instructor-led content (including breaks) and 21 hours of self-guided content - attendees will be required to do various tasks before, in-between and after the live, instructor-led sessions. The live day sessions will run on 3rd, 5th and 6th March 2021.

Please note that this training will take place online in Pacific Standard Time (PST). 


You must register for this Training on a separate website. Registration for the Training can be accessed HERE.  For any enquiries, please contact Robin Kissell at 310-859-7912.

After you have completed the Training Registration, please proceed to register for your CE Credit below.



Wednesday, March 3 - 8am-2pm Pacific Time

Friday, March 5 - 8am-2pm Pacific Time

Saturday, March 6 - 8am-2pm Pacific Time

Learning Objectives

By the end of this conference, participants will to able to:

  1. Describe the derivation of the concept of mentalization and summarize the basic theory
  2. Differentiate mentalizing from cognitive behavioral psychodynamic and systemic psychotherapies
  3. Contrast implicit from explicit mentalization
  4. Explain the role of attachment in the development of mentalization
  5. Contrast non-mentalizing from mentalizing. Recognize the three social cognitive precursors to mentalization.
  6. Demonstrate use of the MBT therapist stance (i.e., not knowing)
  7. Distinguish the four poles of mentalizing
  8. Recognize in their patients reliance on the three antecedents to mentalizing (psychic equivalence, pretend mode, and teleological function) and alter their therapeutic stance to be able to manage them
  9. Compare and contrast empathic from sympathetic interactions
  10. Demonstrate ability to lower high levels of emotional arousal
  11. Demonstrate basic mentalizing techniques: empathy, clarification and exploration, “rewind,” “stop and stand,” and “challenge”
  12. Practice the use of affect focus and perspective-taking
  13. Recognize and formulate the interpersonal context underlying the loss of mentalizing
  14. Evaluate suicidality as a loss of mentalization in the context of an attachment relationship
  15. Construct a case formulation based on MBT developmental theory
  16. Compare and contrast traditional use of transference to the MBT use of the relationship
  17. Employ use of self-observation in work with a patient
  18. Recognize in patients with trauma the role of the alien self
  19. Implement the intervention algorithm of MBT
  20. Implement MBT techniques into a group therapy practice

This course is jointly sponsored by Lifespan Learning Institute and The Mentalizing Initiative, which are responsible for the content.  


Faculty of the Mentalizing Initiative

Robin L. Kissel, MD, Course Director

Peter Fonagy, PhD, Faculty 

Anthony Bateman, MA, FRCP, Faculty

Please refer to the Training Registration website HERE for complete faculty biographies and courses taught.


Up to 18 CE

Target Audience: This workshop is suitable for mental health and other professionals who are interested in the treatment of personality disorder. For a complete description of applicant criteria, please refer to "Who is this course suitable for" on the Training Registration website HERE.



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.