Mentalizing beyond clinical disorders:

Resolving the puzzle

November 21st & 22nd 2019

Philharmonie, Haarlem

The Netherlands


MBT Netherlands is proud to host the 5th International Congress of MBT. The previous 4 international conferences have been a great success. The focus of this conference will be on broadening your knowledge on mentalizing in a range of clinical disorders and on providing an over-view of the latest research and developments in MBT.

Top international MBT Experts and clinicians will be present and are very pleased to share these developments with you. 

Plenary sessions will be presented by Anthony Bateman, Peter Fonagy, Patrick Luyten, Eia Asen, Dickon Bevington, Sebastian Simonsen, Sebastian Euler, Martin Debbané, Sune Bo Hansen, Nick Midgley, Carla Sharp and Maaike Smits. All plenary sessions will be held in English. 

The expert at work sessions (clinical workshops) will be presented by Saskia Knapen, Carla Sharp, Anthony Bateman, Marianne Verfaille, Sheila Redfern, Lidewij Gerits, Patrick Luyten, Nicole Muller and Norka Malberg. The export at work sessions will also be held in English except the session of Lidewij Gerits, this session will be in Dutch.



Poster presentation

You are invited to present your research findings and ideas in a poster presentation. The poster session is scheduled for Thursday November 21st during the reception. To reserve your spot for the poster session, please submit your abstract by email ( before August 31st. 


Expert at work sessions

Participants can choose 2 ‘Expert at work’ sessions, one from Group A and one from Group B. The 'Expert at work' sessions are scheduled on the second day of the congress, 22nd of November. Group A starts at 11:15h and Group B starts at 13:30h.


Expert at work sessions Group A

Saskia Knapen

Towards mentalizing systems: An introduction to Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) (English)

Carla Sharp
MBT groups for adolescents 

Anthony Bateman
MBT groups for Antisocial Personality Disorder 

Marianne Verfaille 
Mentalization-Based Creative Arts Therapies 


Expert at work sessions Group B

Sheila Redfern
Reflective Parenting 

Lidewij Gerits 
Mentalization-Based Approaches to Working with Families

Patrick Luyten
Embodied mentalizing
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Nicole Muller and Norka Malberg
Mentalization-Based treatment for traumatized children and their parents



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