Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents

May 17 - 18, 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 adolescents at risk, those teens and young adults on the path to borderline personality disorder, other personality disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse disorders. A randomized controlled trial led by Trudie Rossouw was one of the first and few studies looking at self harming behavior in adolescents and demonstrated the effectiveness of MBT in reducing this dangerous behavior.

Th course is made up of 2 days of virtual, instructor-led content. The sessions will run on Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18 from 8 am to 2 pm with a breaks totaling 30 minutes each day.

Please note that this training will take place online in Pacific Time. 


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.



Monday, May 17 - 8am-2pm Pacific Time

Tuesday, May 18 - 8am-2pm Pacific Time


Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe adolescent brain development
  2. Identify non-mentalizing, and differentiate it from mentalizing
  3. Demonstrate use of the MBT therapist stance (i.e., not knowing)
  4. Demonstrate how to intervene when non-mentalizing cognition is present
  5. Recognize and intervene with hyper-mentalization
  6. Implement the mentalizing skills: empathy, clarification, challenge, affect focus, stop and stand, rewind
  7. Evaluate and manage arousal of an activated hypersensitive attachment system 
  8. Implement mentalizing the transference- including working with counter-transference
  9. Explain to family members the development of BPD
  10. Discuss with family members basic mentalizing communication skills
  11. Assess attachment vulnerabilities within a family
  12. Recite the self and interpersonal vulnerabilities inherent in developing BPD
  13. Develop a case formulation suited for adolescents
  14. Develop a crisis plan suited for an adolescent at risk of self-harm

The Mentalizing Initiative is responsible for the content of this course.  


Faculty of the Mentalizing Initiative

Robin L. Kissel, MD, Course Director

Trudie Rossouw, MRCPsych, Faculty 


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


Up to 12 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.