Mentalization-Based Treatment Practitioner Level Training: Online Course for Clinicians

March 4-5, 2022


This workshop expands previous knowledge and embeds the basic skills of mentalization-based treatment (MBT). The new course is made up of 2 days of live, instructor-led content and 4 hours of self-guided content. Attendees are required to do various tasks before, in-between, and after the live, instructor-led sessions. The self-paced hours are not included in CME/CEU credits.

This workshop is suitable for mental health and other professionals who are interested in the treatment of personality disorders and have already completed the 3-day MBT Basic Training. Participants are expected to be using mentalizing skills in their everyday practice and, when possible, to have participated in supervision.

Learn how to use the MBT adherence scale for individual therapy and hone MBT skills through clinical demonstration, video ratings, and role plays. Using video, participants demonstrate their use of basic interventions within a standardized scenario with an actor. This may be used towards recognition of competence and access to supervision to become a supervisor.

Offered by the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital and the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families


Sign up now for this 2-day online course plus 4 hours of self-paced content.


Completion of the MBT Basic course



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

About MBT

Mentalization-based treatment (MBT) is a manualized, evidence-based treatment that focuses on helping people to differentiate and separate their own thoughts and feelings from those around them. Individuals with BPD often find it difficult to recognize the effect their behavior has on other people, which can lead to interpersonal problems and impulsive behavior.

Mentalization refers to the ability to focus and reflect on mental states (e.g., beliefs, intentions, feelings, and thoughts) in oneself and in others. MBT seeks to develop and strengthen the individual’s capacity for mentalization, with the goal of improving interpersonal relationships and affect regulation.


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

  • Employ the MBT adherence scale for individual therapy
  • Demonstrate application of MBT technique in video-taped role plays
  • Describe how to apply MBT to disorders other than BPD
  • Develop MBT services

Clinical Examples

Participants are encouraged to apply to bring a clinical video or audio of their work to demonstrate their use of basic MBT interventions. Consent from the patient for part of a session to be shown for training purposes is required.

Alternatively, participants may present a clinical problem with a MBT focus. This will be discussed and role play used to identify appropriate MBT intervention process.

A maximum of 5 presentations from participants is possible.

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All times listed are Eastern time zone

  • Friday


    March 4, 2022

  • Saturday


    March 5, 2022


Featured Speakers

Anthony W. Bateman, MA, FRCPsych

St. Ann’s Hospital, London

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March 4-5, 2022


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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Be at the Forefront of BPD Treatment and Education!

Whether in-person or virtual training, the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute offers a variety of workshops and conferences to expand your borderline personality disorder knowledge and treatment offerings.

You can enroll in any of our upcoming, fully accredited sessions to help increase access and quality of care for BPD patients.

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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 8.5 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 8.5 CE credits.


This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 8.5 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 8.5 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 D90127.

NBCC-ACEP-clear-webLicensed Mental Health Counselors

McLean Hospital has been approved by the 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 8.5 NBCC hours.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) and McLean Hospital adhere to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is McLean and HMS’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 McLean and 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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