Bonding Families and Couples Through Mentalization-Based Work: Online Course for Clinicians

10 Sessions: October 2021-March 2022
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About the Event

This series of interactive webinars aim to equip mental health and allied professionals with the necessary skills to undertake mentalization-based systemic work with families, couples, and their networks.

Mentalization-based work with families (MBT-F) focuses on the application of mentalizing interventions to families and couples. By bringing together aspects of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, systemic, and ecological approaches, clinicians can help couples and families better understand themselves and each other.

These sessions provide clinicians with the tools necessary to promote effective mentalizing—the ability to understand and interpret one’s own mental states, and that of others—in couples and family members.

Offered by the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital


10 bimonthly sessions, Wednesdays @12-3pm. Starts October 13, 2021.

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  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors

About the Series

The sessions focus on clinical practice and skills and provide training in core techniques, games, and activities.

The teaching consists of presentations of the model, techniques, and related issues, with ample examples of clinical work and dilemmas. Specific interventions are role-played by the presenters.

Each webinar is richly illustrated by audio-visual case material. Course participants are encouraged to bring their own cases and design mentalization-informed interventions.

Learn more about the series and see the dates/times in the agenda below.


These webinars will equip participants to:

  • Describe mentalization-informed systemic therapy (MIST)
  • Identify effective and ineffective mentalizing in families and couples
  • Practice mentalizing across cultures and societies
  • Demonstrate setting up mentalizing interventions
  • Describe trajectories of mentalizing interventions
  • Apply the mentalizing loop
  • Describe diachronic mentalizing and related techniques
  • Practice mentalizing games, exercises, and activities
  • Explain how to build epistemic trust and resilience
  • Discuss manualized remote MBT-family and couple therapy
  • Summarize basic principles of working with family systems from a mentalizing approach

Physicians and Doctoral-Level Professionals


Other Professionals and Trainees


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Starts Oct. 2021


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Featured Speakers

Eia Asen, MD, FRCPsych

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Peter Fonagy, PhD

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Physicians and Doctoral-Level Professionals


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Other Professionals and Trainees



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Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD Workshop

Wednesday, March 25-Thursday, March 26
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, and Peter W. Tuerk, PhD

This pre-conference workshop aims to provide didactic training in how to provide prolonged exposure (PE) therapy to patients with PTSD from various trauma histories. Prolonged exposure is an evidence-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), supported as a first-line intervention across PTSD treatment guidelines. Our goal is to provide the didactic portion of training in prolonged exposure therapy for licensed independent providers of psychotherapy. Proper training will allow for effective implementation, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

This training focuses on the theoretical and empirical basis for PE, detailed instructions on delivering the specific protocol components, role playing, videos, vignettes, and in-depth Q&A.

Participants will also receive instruction in the integration of basic therapy skills with protocol therapies, and the integration of technology and clinical care. Training will include the basics of how to do PE as well as additional information on how to tailor treatment to individual patient presentations. Focusing on treatment of PTSD while maintaining manual fidelity will be emphasized. Special attention will be devoted to implementing PE for PTSD when it presents along with other serious mental illnesses.


The target audience includes mental health professionals who are licensed independent providers of psychotherapy, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At successful completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct PE with fidelity
  • Appropriately screen candidates for the treatment
  • Conduct ongoing psychometrically valid evaluation to guide treatment
  • Titrate emotional engagement during imaginal exposures to therapeutic levels
  • Facilitate the construction of an effective in vivo exposure hierarchy
  • Effectively assign and review patient homework assignments
  • Assist patients to process trauma and decrease PTSD symptoms

Attendees who complete this training are encouraged to obtain case consultation as they implement PE in practice.


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McLean Hospital is host to this conference at one of our Cambridge satellite locations.

625 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Accreditations and Approvals


McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide Continuing medical education for physicians. McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 27.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 27.5 CE credits.


This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 27.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count toward 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Social Workers

This program has been approved for 27.5 social work continuing education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR Collaborative of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work authorization number D90520.

NBCC-ACEP-clear-webLicensed Mental Health Counselors

McLean Hospital has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6085. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets the requirements for up to 27.5 NBCC hours.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) and McLean Hospital adhere to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS and McLean’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

Refund Policy

Due to the small nature of our trainings, the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute cannot offer any refunds. If the participant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.


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