Face-to-Face Training

MENTALISING BASED TREATMENT (MBT) - A primer for Counsellors & Psychotherapists. (Melbourne)

John Butters, BPsych PGDip Psych MPsych MRes Adv Dip Psychotherapy
One Full Day
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Face-to-Face Training
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Melbourne, VIC
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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.


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John Butters is a Counselling Psychologist with specialist endorsement through AHPRA. He has worked as a psychologist since 2000, in both psychiatric and community health settings where he has coordinated a DBT outpatient programs, provided individual psychotherapy and clinical supervision. He has taught a variety of short courses for training organisations and professional bodies including Think Education, Karitarne, AABCAP, CASPC, to name a few. He works in Pyrmont and Crows Nest providing treatment and supervision.

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
          $27 each day to include lunch at the venue
          $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this training. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased at cafes surrounding the venue or you may bring your own.
    N.B. Food not purchased at the venue may not be eaten at the venue. 
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into a digital recording of this training. 
  • N.B. Face to face participants are required to comply with COVID safety measures as outlined by the venue and PDP
    Details of the measures current at the time and in line with public health orders will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
    The venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow COVID safety plans. 

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


  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 

  • 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

  • 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

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

Venue information

This Accor hotel has a fully implemented plan attending to the health and safety of all venue attendees.
You will be required to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, the venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the street level. 

Conveniently located right by several bus routes and a 7-minute walk to Parliament Station.

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and water are provided.
If you have pre-purchased lunch, hotel staff will have you selection ready for you.
The venue has a restaurant and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants should you choose to eat out.
Please note that lunch bought from outside providers cannot be eaten in the hotel.


The seminar venue is the Mantra on Russell Hotel which offers a discount on accommodation for the PDP community. Please quote the code RUSSELL2021
Website: https://all.accor.com/hotel/B3P4/index.en.shtml?utm_campaign=seo+maps&utm_medium=seo+maps&utm_source=google+Maps

Quest on Lonsdale is a 6 minute walk from the venue.
Website: https://www.questapartments.com.au/properties/vic/melbourne/quest-on-lonsdale/overview?utm_source=GoogleMyBusiness&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=questonlonsdale
Hotel Grand Chancellor is a 2 minute walk from the venue.
Website: https://www.grandchancellorhotels.com/hotel-grand-chancellor-Melbourne 



222 Russell Street, 222 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
03 9915 2500

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