Mentalisation – Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F)


Event type FREE live stream

FREE webinar, via Zoom
17:00 - 18:30 UK time
Bookings close on Tuesday 24 October, 17:00 UK time.

Family at Reception in Psychotherapist.

This free webinar is open to all, and is organised by ACAMH’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Special Interest Group.

This webinar will be led by Dr Eia Asen from the Anna Freud Clinic.


Sign up to this FREE webinar at this link or on the Book Now button at the top of the screen, and complete the form that follows. You’ll then receive an email confirmation and a link to the webinar, plus we’ll send you a calendar reminder nearer the time.

  • ACAMH Members attending will be eligible for a FREE electronic CPD certificate. Members MUST login to book onto the webinar and get their certificate.
  • Non-members can opt to receive an electronic CPD certificate for just £5, select this option at the point of booking. This is a great time to join ACAMH, take a look at what we have to offer
  • PLEASE NOTE: You cannot book onto this event after the event has started on Tuesday 24 October, 17:00 UK time

Don’t forget as a charity any surplus made is reinvested back as we work to our vision of ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, and our mission to ‘Improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 0-25’. 

About the webinar

Mentalization Informed Systemic Therapy (MIST) – Professor Dr. K. ‘Eia’ Asen will introduce the principles of Mentalization Informed Systemic Therapy (MIST) developed by Eia and Professor Peter Fonagy. The approach focuses on the application of mentalizing ideas in work with families to enhance communication and minimise misunderstandings leading to stressful interactions and controlling behaviours. MIST is an integrative approach bringing together psychodynamic principles, systemic theory, and a social ecological framework to understand and work with families. It is a flexible and time limited approach for use in clinical settings to address a range of difficulties experienced in families including emotional and behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, and family conflict. The approach is relevant to early intervention when, ACEs e.g. Parental mental health, Substance abuse, Family Conflict, conflict are identified, or later stages when children or young people have been harmed, and the family is being worked with to test their capacity to provide safe care.

About the Speakers

Prof. Dr. Eia Asen

Professor Dr. K. ‘Eia’ Asen
Eia is an M.D., FRCPsych, is employed as a Consultant Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. He also holds the position of Visiting Professor at University College London. Until September 2013 he held the position of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Marlborough Family Service (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust) where he was the clinical lead for many years. He qualified as a medical practitioner in Berlin, Germany, in 1971 and subsequently trained as a psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in London (1974-1978). Over the past thirty years he has been involved in the assessment and treatment of more than one thousand abused and neglected children and their families.