Introduction to Metallization-Based Treatment (MBT) and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) – Widening Therapy Choices

This event is organised by the Society's DCP London Branch.



09:30 Registration & coffee
10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chairman
10:05 Peter Fonagy- Working with BPD using a mentalization-based approach
11:15 - 11:30 coffee break
12:30 Lunch
13:45 Ian Jeal - Approaches to CPD requirements
14:30 Alessander Lemma – An introduction to Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
15:30 - 15.45 coffee break
15.45 - 16:55 Discussion from the floor and closing remarks
17:00 Event Closes

Working with BPD using a mentalization-based approach

Professor Fonagy will describe the mentalization-based approach to understanding the phenomenology of borderline personality disorder.  He will outline developmental psychological and neuroscience research related to how the mentalization construct may be understood and could be used to guide treatment of severe personality disorder. Fonagy will outline the structure of mentalization-based treatment, techniques used and the general stance taken by the MBT therapist.  Principles of intervention will be outlined and basic mentalization enhancing interventions will be discussed.  Finally data emerging from a pragmatic trial of MBT will be presented.

Learning outcomes

  1. To obtain an understanding of the mentalization model of borderline symptomatology.
  2. To understand the aims and objectives of the psychotherapeutic approach focused on mentalization.
  3. To learn to identify failures of mentalization in the course of a psychotherapeutic process.
  4. To acquire a basic understanding of appropriate and inappropriate techniques for enhancing mentalization in BPD.

Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London; Director of the Mental Health Program of UCLPartners; and Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and currently chairs the Research Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

He is a clinical psychologist and a training and supervising psychoanalyst in the British Psycho-Analytical Society in child and adult analysis. His work integrates empirical research with psychoanalytic theory, and his clinical interests centre around borderline psychopathology, violence, and early attachment relationships. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and has authored or edited 27 books.

Approaches to CPD requirements

This brief session will explore what the HPC’s CPD requirements are and the process of submitting a CPD profile to the HPC. There will also be an opportunity to input into the future design of the Society’s online CPD system and to raise any questions or concerns about the Society’s approach to professional development.

Ian is the manager of the BPS Learning Centre. The BPS Learning Centre offers CPD opportunities to psychologists and those working in related fields, is home to an online CPD system for recording professional development, and provides information and guidance on professional development. In addition to psychology-related courses, the Learning Centre provides a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills in areas such as leadership, project management, and managing teams. These have a member focus but are also relevant to those outside of the psychology community. MyCPD, the Society’s online system, provides a structured framework for planning and recording CPD. Users can use the system to record their CPD needs and activities, and to print CPD reports to meet CPD requirements of an employer or regulator.

An introduction to Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

This talk will outline the origins and strategies of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) – a brief, manualised, psychodynamic therapy for depression and anxiety. Its contribution to IAPT services, where it is currently being rolled out, will also be discussed.

Learning outcomes

  1. an understanding on the origins of the protocol
  2. an understanding of the core principles and strategies underpinning the protocol

Professor Alessandra Lemma is Unit Director, Psychological Therapies Development Unit, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Lead, Psychosocial Interventions Research Centre (PIRC), at UCL. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a psychoanalyst. She is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Honorary Professor of Psychological Therapies in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Essex University and Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, UCL.  Along with Mary Target and Peter Fonagy she has developed a brief (16 sessions) psychodynamic therapy for depression and anxiety, which is currently being rolled out in IAPT services. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Applications, Theory and Research (Routledge), and the Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis book series (Routledge). She has published several books and papers on psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, the body and trauma.

Booking information


  • DCP member £25

  • Society member £50

  • Society non-member £75

Prices include VAT.

 How to book

Return the form with your payment to:

Hazel Lacey

The British Psychological Society, St Andrews House,
48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR

Closing date for registrations: Friday 28 October 2011

03/11/2011 - 09:00 - 17:00
Contact Information: 

Hazel Lacey

+44 (0) 116 252 9515

Division of Clinical Psychology London Branch