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Lighthouse Parenting (MBT-P) therapist workshop

  • Unipart Conference Centre Unipart House, Garsington Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2PG Garsington UK (map)


Gerry Byrne (Lighthouse Director, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, MBT Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer)

You will gain:

  • Understanding of the centrality of mentalizing to the parent-child relationship. 

  • Understanding of the attachment-oriented Lighthouse metaphors, and confidence to use them in clinical practice.

  • Clinical skills to enhance parents' capacity for mentalizing; in particular mentalizing their children, and mentalizing under stress.

  • Clinical skills for facilitating a mentalization-based parenting group (MBT skills, group therapy skills, and MBT-P specific skills)

  • Experience of being in a parents' group and participating in Lighthouse group activities



Attendees must be mental health or social care professionals working with parents and families. This is a brief workshop, intended as an update on previous MBT-P trainings for some attendees, or an introduction to the Lighthouse model for others. No previous MBT training is required, but some familiarity with MBT is desirable.

These two days will not be sufficient for attendees to be able to run the Lighthouse parents group programme, however, they should provide considerable insight into how the programme works.

If you later wish to run the Lighthouse Parents group programme in your service, at least one facilitator must be a registered MBT-Practitioner, and have completed a full Lighthouse parents group facilitator training (4 days).


Kindly supported by

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust


This training is primarily for staff within NHS child and adolescent mental health services. There may be limited places available for others on request, for pricing and details, please contact us