Mentalization-based treatment for children


MBT-C is short for Mentalization based treatment for children. The treatment is for children roughtly 5-12 years old with externalizing or internalizing disorders.


MBT-C is a transdiagnostic treatment for children 5-12 and their parents. Children attending MBT-C may have problems with anxiety, depression or behavioural problems. MBT-C may also be suitable for children with traumatic experiences or children who have experienced loss.


This book is the first comprehensive clinical introduction to a time-limited model of MBT with children. Chapters examine problem assessment and case formulation, the therapist’s stance, and treatment termination. The guide also includes a chapter-length case illustration and an appendix that lists measures of reflective functioning in children and parents, as well as validation articles.



The aim of MBT-C is to enhance the child’s capacity to regulate emotions and to mentalize about self and others. In MBT-C, work with parents is an important part, where parents are helped to reflect on their child in order to understand them better, and be able to support the child in a flexible way.



Look at this video with professor Peter Fonagy, one of the founders of Mentalization Based Therapy for adults, for a longer description of what mentalization is and why it’s important.


MBT-C trainings are organized by five separate institutes:


United Kingdom, London– Anna Freud Centre
Contact person: Davina Metters,


United States, New Haven – Yale Child Study Center

Contact person: Norka Malberg,


Sweden, Stockholm - Ericastiftelsen

Contact person: Anna Norlén,


Netherlands, Den Haag– De Jutters Centre

Contact person: Nicole Muller, http://www.


Canada, Quebec – Université Laval

Contact person: Karin Ensink,

Upcoming trainings and events:


3 day training in MBT-C, Anna Freud Centre, London

June 06-08, 2018

Information and registration


3 day training in MBT-C, RinoGroep, Utrecht, Netherlands (in Dutch), September 10, September 24 and October 8, 2018

Information and registration


3 day training in MBT-C, Centro Mentalizar, Panama (in Spanish), August 2-4, 2018
For information and registration:


Training and supervision in MBT-C, Erica Foundation, Stockholm (in Swedish), autumn 2018

Information and registration


3 day training in MBT-C, RinoGroep, Utrecht, Netherlands (in Dutch), March 11, March 25 and April 9, 2019

Information and registration


The manual is written by an international team consisting of researchers and clinicians,

with different areas of expertise.

Université Laval


Anna Freud Centre

University College London

De Jutters Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, The Hague

Yale Child Study Center

New Haven, Connecticut

The Erica Foundation



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