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MENTALISING BASED TREATMENT (MBT) - Helping your stuck clients with insight and self regulation.

John Butters, BPsych PGDip Psych MPsych MRes Adv Dip Psychotherapy
6 Hours 11 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 12, 2021
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Mentalising is one of the most taken-for-granted, least distinctive phenomena that might occur in our day-to-day lives, and more relevantly, in our therapeutic conversations.When it’s happening well, we relate to ourselves and others flexibly and creatively, human behaviours appear predictable, and making meaning in our lives is possible…and when it is absent, well…you get the picture.

In personality disorders, the capacity to mentalise has been shown through numerous studies to be compromised. Mentalising Based Treatment (MBT) was developed by Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman, to treat this deficit in some of the most vulnerable individuals. We will be exploring this necessary capacity and MBT, and you’ll get a chance to understand / build and encourage interventions that aim to strengthen this capacity in your clinical work.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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John Butters is a Counselling Psychologist with specialist endorsement through AHPRA. He has worked as a psychologist since 1988, in both psychiatric and community health settings where he has coordinated DBT outpatient programs, provided individual psychotherapy and clinical supervision.

John has undergone training in psychodynamic psychotherapy - which has included a five-year intensive training in Self-Psychology. Between 2007 and 2012 he undertook advanced training in MBT (Mentalization Based Therapy) through the Anna Freud Centre (London) by Prof. Peter Fonagy and Dr Anthony Bateman and has a specific interest in this mode of treatment incorporated into his work.

He has taught a variety of short courses for training organisations and professional bodies including Think Education, Karitarne, AABCAP, CASPC, PDP, and PESI to name a few.

John is currently a clinical supervisor and clinician providing short- to long-term counselling and psychotherapy services in Pyrmont and Crows Nest, NSW providing treatment and supervision. He has specialist endorsement with AHPRA for counselling psychology.
Specialties: Short and long-term psychology support using a variety of evidence-based approaches including; CBT, DBT, MBT and psychodynamic therapies.
Lecturer and trainer in a number of core areas of discipline and supervisor of grad-students.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: John Butters receives compensation as a consultant. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: John Butters is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.




  1. Participants will learn about the origins of mentalising in human development.
  2. Participants will learn the links between the capacity to mentalise and attachment security.
  3. Participants will learn about Borderline Personality Disorder as an example of significant mentalising deficit.
  4. How to spot breakdown in mentalising in clinical conversations.
  5. How to encourage mentalising using heirarchy approach.
  6. Roleplay Basic stance or watch mentalising in practice discussing case presentation.

"Strengthen a skill that you already apply every day, to broaden and deepen your clinical work" John Butters

How Will you Benefit From This Training?

  • Participants will develop a skill they already have - and supercharge it.
  • Participants will deepen their understanding of attachment and its importance to clinical work.
  • Participants will be encouraged to apply this approach to their own models and ways of working… to build on strength.



Morning Session (9:00am - 12:45pm with a short break at 10:45am)

  • The etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder and its relevance to mentalising
  • What mentalising is; characteristics / multiple dimensions / related concepts
  • BPD, attachment disorganisation and difficulties in social learning
  • What happens when attachment is non-secure? “When mentalising falls away”.
  • Identifying non-mentalising in practice: types of non-mentalising.

Afternoon Session (1:30pm - 4:45pm with a short break at 3:15pm)

  • Assessing clinical problems as “mentalising problems”
  • The MBT stance
  • A mentalising heirarchy of activities.
  • Role Play / or watching video material to watch the stance in action

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for clinicians working in mental health who have had at least 12 months full time experience following graduation, as a case manager, counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist. The material is intended to provide an introduction to the theory and clinical practice of MBT and will draw on participants ability to use basic counselling skills.


Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:45pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 10:45am

Lunch Break
  12:45pm - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
  1:45pm - 5:00pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 3:15pm

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