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Mentalization-Based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder: Introduction to Clinical Practice

Dr. Anthony W. Bateman

Friday September 16 & Saturday September 17, 2011


Mentalization is the process by which we implicitly and explicitly interpret the actions of ourselves and others as meaningful on the basis of intentional mentall states.  We have to be able to continue to do this in the midst of emotional states, but borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by a loss of capacity to mentalize when emotionally charged attachment relationships are stimulated.  The aim of Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) is to increase this capacity in order to ensure the development of better regulation of affective states and to increase interpersonal and social function.  In this workshop we will consider and practice interventions which promote mentalizing, contrasting them with those that are likely to reduce mentalizing.  Participants will become aware of which of their current therapeutic interventions promote mentalizing.  The most important aspect of MBT is the therapeutic stance.  Video and role plays will be used to ensure participants recognize the stance and can use it in their everyday practice. Small group work will also be used to practice basic mentalizing interventions.


Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the mentalizing problems of borderline personality disorder
  • recognize mentalizing and non-mentalizing interventions
  • develop and maintain a mentalizing therapeutic stance
  • use some basic mentalizing techniques in everyday clinical work formulation to inform your clinical understanding of patients




Professor Anthony W. Bateman, MA, FRCPsych is Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Halliwick Unit, Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health Trust, Visiting Professor University College, London, and Visiting Consultant to the Menninger Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine USA. He developed Mentalization-Based Treatment with Peter Fonagy for Borderline Personality Disorder and studied its effectiveness in research trials. An adapted version is now being used in other psychiatric disorders and in the treatment of families and adolescents. He was an expert member of National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) development group for treatment guidelines for Borderline Personality Disorder in UK. He is President of the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD). For the Royal College of Psychiatrists he is currently Chief Examiner.

He has authored several books including Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: mentalization based treatment and Mentalization Based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder: a practical guide (with Peter Fonagy), numerous chapters, and many research articles on personality disorder and the use of psychotherapy in psychiatric practice.


Workshop Fee

The 1.5-day workshop is $375



Registration is limited at present. 


For more information or if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact:

Connie Kim
Administrative Coordinator, MSPI
Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
925-600 University Ave.
Toronto ON M5G 1X5
416 586-4800 x2473
416 586-8654