Sat, Mar 12, 2016 to Sat, Mar 26, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
This course meets two Saturdays: Mar 12 & 26, 2016 (no class Mar 19)
Winchester Plaza
1101 S. Winchester Blvd.
Suite M-257
San Jose, CA 95128
Starr Kelton-Locke, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$150 Full Members
$132 CMH Members
$120 Associate Members
$90 Student Members
$90 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.


Early Registration Deadline: 
February 26, 2016

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Integration of Neuroscience, Attachment, and Psychoanalytic Thinking

Course Overview: 

Mentalization, or mentalizing, is a concept introduced into neuroscience and psychoanalytic thinking to denote the fundamental human capacity to understand our own and others’ minds as minds. Early disruptions in attachment and later trauma can interrupt this critical developmental function and result in psychopathology, most notably disorders of self-experience. A mentalization-focused approach was advanced by Peter Fonagy at the Anna Freud Center. Fonagy and Anthony Bateman manualized Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and expanded its application to other problems, including marital and family conflict, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and other personality disorders. This treatment is grounded in attachment, psychoanalytic and ecological systems theory, and has been empirically studied and used at many psychoanalytic centers. Participants will learn MBT theory and techniques that can be applied to their present work. Clinical vignettes, including videos of MBT in action, will be used to translate theory into practice.

Course Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the core concepts of Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT) and its theoretical underpinnings from attachment, psychoanalytic, and ecological systems theory. 

  2. Apply specific MBT interventions to a broad range of psychopathology, including borderline personality disorder.  

  3. Demonstrate MBT’s application in the treatment of adult individuals, adolescents, couples, families and groups.  

  4. Describe adaptive mentalizing and non-mentalizing interactions and mental processes in patients.

  5. Demonstrate a mentalizing therapeutic stance and how it facilities treatment outcome.


Starr Kelton-Locke, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and psychoanalyst who has been in practice in Marin for 27 years. She specializes in the treatment of individuals, families, and couples. Dr. Kelton-Locke trained in Mentalization with its founders, Fonagy and Bateman, and UCLA’s Semel Institute.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is designed for clinicians with moderate experience in clinical work and at least introductory background in the principles of attachment theory.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Amanda Morgan at or 408-364-5003.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Shannon Rogers, MFT, Chair
Stephanie Chen, Ph.D.
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MFTi