Mentalisation based treatment (MBT) was presented by Professor Anthony Bateman. Professor Bateman is a highly acclaimed psychotherapist and researcher who has devised evidence based manualised treatment using attachment theory as the underpinning knowledge base. The great advantage of this approach compared to traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy approaches is that it has manageable training requirements. There is a body of clinicians interested in pursuing this training in Scotland and evaluating it across Scotland.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has been presented from a number of perspectives. This manualised therapy which has its basis in CBT, mindfulness and Buddhism was first described by Dr Linehan in USA as an effective intervention for women who self harmed. It has since diversified and is being used to treat people with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been researched by Professor Kate Davidson in Scotland as part of a British multi centre trial with considerable numbers of patients participating and positive outcome. One of the points Professor Davidson stresses is the need for therapists to be trained and supervised to keep to the therapeutic model.


  • NHS Forth Valley: A mentalisation supervision group, run by one of the trainers from the three day course, takes place monthly.
  • University of Aberdeen
  • NHS Grampian: Creating Order out of Chaos & The Hub Day Programme
  • NHS Lothian
  • The Orchard Clinic
  • Royal Edinburgh Hospital
  • The State Hospital
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Scottish Association for Mental Health
  • Glasgow Institute of Psychosocial Interventions
  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Dept. Psychological services, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • University of the West of Scotland, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Dumfries Campus