Mentalization in Individual and Group Psychotherapies

Mentalization as a therapeutic concept was developed by Peter Fonagy, Anthony Bateman and others as a means of understanding and treating patients with borderline personality disorders. It is becoming increasingly apparent that it is also advantageous to pay attention to mentalization deficits in connection with other disorders, such as depression, anxiety, eating and somatisation disorders. The focus on mentalization can be extraordinarily useful in all therapy methods. It has been proven helpful for patients with mentalization disorders to overcome them. A prerequisite, however, is that psychotherapists also mentalize. In the workshop the development of the mentalization model and its further theoretical developments are presented as „work in progress“. In videos, role plays and supervisions of own patients, competences and procedures are practiced in order to regain or maintain mentalization.

The aims of further training in mentalization for the participants are ...

  • knowing the background and the development of the mentalization model,
  • perceiving disturbances of mentalization,
  • understanding prementalistic modes,
  • being familiar with own mentalization disorders,
  • getting to know interventions to reactivate mentalization and to use them in exemplary exercise situations,
  • knowing fields of application of mentalization-based therapy in psychiatry and psychosomatics,
  • having experiences with mentalizing in groups.

Target Audience

The advanced training, which takes place on four weekends, is suitable for assistant doctors in specialist further medical training, for psychologists in psychotherapeutic training, as well as for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in their own practice.


Peter Döring, Psychological Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst (DPG, DGPT) in own practice, Group Teaching Analyst (D3G), Supervisor and Organizational Consultant. Chairman of the Lou Andreas-Salomé Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (DPG/VAKJP) Göttingen e.V. Active as consultant in clinics and commercial enterprises.

Ulrich Schultz-Venrath, Prof., M.D., Doctor for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Psychoanalyst (DPV/DGPT/IPA), Group Teaching Analyst (D3G/EFPP/GASi), working in private practice in Cologne. Faculty member for Psychosomatic Medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke. Speaker and editor of the journal „Group Psychotherapy and Group Dynamics - Journal for Theory and Practice of Group Analysis“.

Lenka Staun, M.D., Psychoanalyst (DPV/IPA), in advanced medical training as specialist for psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy, lecturer at the IPU Berlin. Author of the book „Mentalization in Depression“.

Event Dates and Program

November 29/30, 2019
Introduction to the mentalization model

January 24/25, 2020
Mentalization for personality disorders

March 6/7, 2020
Mentalization for depression, anxiety and somatisation disorders

August 28/29, 2020
Mentalization in groups

The training takes place on the dates mentioned in each case on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as well as on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Complete program (in German)

Participation Fee

1.500,00 € regular for all four blocks,
750,00 € for candidates (with proof).

The minimum number of participants is 20.

For the event, training points will be applied for at the Chamber of Psychotherapists Berlin.


Please send your registration until November 15, 2019 to: fortbildung(at)

Cancellation must be made in writing until the end of the 14th day before the start of the event. Until then, you can cancel your participation free of charge and receive a full refund of the participation fees you have already paid. After the 14th day a refund is not possible. However, you can nominate a replacement person with the necessary qualifications to take your place.

We look forward to your participation!