Valuable Opportunities for Your Practice: A Symposium and Workshop on Mentalization

  • 11 Apr 2013
  • 12 Apr 2013
  • The symposium will be held at the J.W. Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer Road and the workshop will be held at The Menninger Clinic, 12301 Main Street, both in Houston.


Refunds will only be provided with written notice to Menninger two weeks or more in advance of the symposium.
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A Scientific Symposium on Mentalization: An Organizing Framework for Intensive Psychotherapy


Mentalization-based Treatment (MBT) has become increasingly recognized as a valuable conceptual framework to guide intensive psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy for individuals with emerging or fully developed personality disorders or related conditions. Developed by Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy, MBT emphasizes the importance of the attachment process in early development and helps individuals recover from serious disruptions in attachment.


This symposium will address the need for greater knowledge about the neurobiology of early development, emerging pathology in adolescents and recommended interventions for clinicians working with adolescents and adults who have suffered from early attachment trauma, neglect or other types of interference with the normal process of development.


Continuing education

7 contact hours will be offered to physicians, intermediate and advanced psychologists, licensed professional counselors, addiction professionals,

social workers and registered nurses. Successful completion of this activity: Attendance of 100% activity and completion of activity evaluation. NO partial credits will be awarded.


Click here for Symposium agenda, faculty overview and complete educational information.

Adult and Family Therapy Workshop: An Intensive Training in the Mentalization-based Approach

**The Workshop registration is full.  If you are interested in being on the waitlist for one of the workshop tracks, please contact Tina Hawkins at 713-275-5022 or**

A two-day workshop follows on March 23 & 24 and will be held at The Menninger Clinic. Two tracks are available, an adult track and an adolescent and family track- each open to 40 participants. 

The workshop will offer hands-on experience of the mentalization-based terapy (MBT) approach with adults, adolescents and their families.  The first half of the workshop will provide a discussion of the mentalizing framework, how to assess mentalizing strengths and impairments and the core approaches of MBT.  After viewing video-taped clinical material, as stimuli, the participants will break into small groups of eight to 10 (8-10) clinicians to practice adopting a mentalizing treatment approach utlizing the core mentalizing stance and techniques.

Participants will understand the basic premise of utilizing mentalizing theory and techniques with adults, adolescents and their families.  MBT provides a coherent way to formulate the assessment of an individual's maladaptive problems, particularly those involving disturbances of self, affect and impulse regulation.

Participants will practice the mentalizing stance and core techniques in family and individual interventions aimed to increase the adult, adolescent and family's mentalizing capacity especially in moments of crisis. 

Continuing education

10.5 contact hours will be offered to physicians, intermediate and advanced psychologists, licensed professional counselors, addiction professionals and social workers. Successful completion of this activity: Attendance of 100% activity and completion of activity evaluation. NO partial credits will be awarded.


Click here for Workshop agenda, faculty and event information.

Hotel Accommodations and Parking:

JW Marriott conference rate is $219 if booked before March 7. Availability of rooms is limited, 713-961-1500.


Valet is $15 and self-parking is $8.50 for symposium attendees. The parking garage and uncovered parking is located across from the hotel on Sage Street. Please utilize the pay stations on lower and upper parking levels.


Click here for DIRECTIONS to hotel for symposium.


If you have any specific dietary or ADA needs, please request in advance when registering by emailing


For questions, contact Stephanie Cunningham, or 713-275-5039.


For CE information, contact Terrilynn Steele,

MSN, RN, or 713-275-5056.

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