Mentalization Based Therapy – Parenting under Pressure is a 10-session therapeutic model developed to help couples, parents who are together and separated parents who face a range of challenges and difficulties, particularly in relation to ongoing anger, hostility and difficulty in seeing their partner’s perspective.
These include parents locked in entrenched conflict about their children and couples/parents who are involved in a type of domestic violence/couple conflict known as situational couple violence.
Our way of working is inspired by the original work of Professors Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman on mentalization, which they initially developed as a way of helping individuals.
Our 10-session mentalization-based approach helps couples/parents to:
Dates to be confirmed for 2024.
The training will be held online.
The cost of this 5-day training is £1,500 per person. Ongoing weekly supervision is required in order to be able to practice, and this is available at £100 per practitioner (over 42 weeks per year – i.e. £4,200).
The total cost of the training is therefore £5,700 per person.
Certificate in Mentalization Based Therapy – Parenting under Pressure
You will have either a clinical qualification or experience in working with highly conflicted parents.
Please fill in the form below, making sure to select MBT - PP 5-Day Training from the 'Range of Courses' dropdown list:
To find out further details about the training, please email Sarah Ingram, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Programmes, at
Mentalization based therapy was trialled with more than two and a half thousand parents during the Government’s Reducing Parental Conflict Programme between 2018 and 2022.
Evaluation of this programme found that:
I absolutely loved supporting the parents think about better ways to cope with emotions, such as when they focused on their breathing technique and did some mindfulness exercises.