On-Demand CE Training

ODL 225: An Overview of Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)

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Created on 09/20/2023

Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


Clinicians require a vast array of therapeutic tools, approaches, and skills to provide evidence-based treatment to the patients and clients. In this jam packed one hour course we take a deeper dive into Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT).  Griffin Smith, LCSW, provides the history and origin of MBT, a better understanding of the core concepts of MBT, and how mentalizing can be useful in your professional practice and personal life.  Participants  gain evidence-based practice information and skills to incorporate into their everyday practice. 

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Describe good versus poor mentalizing and its respective impact on interpersonal relations and role in personality functioning
  • Summarize the core concepts of MBT and articulate the theoretical rationale underpinning them
  • Identify ways in which a focus on mentalizing can be useful in your life and work.


Griffin Blake Smith, LCSW

As a psychotherapist, consultant, and coach, Griffin founded Totus Intuor Counseling & Consulting with the aim of helping individuals and organizations discover greater connection to their world, bridging the gaps between what we experience internally to what we experience externally in our environment. He believes that the most profound and transformative experiences in life are driven by our ability to make these connections. 

As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), Griffin specializes in the treatment of interpersonal dysfunction and relational difficulties for adults and adolescents. Commonly, he treats individuals with a history of personality disorder, complex trauma, and adolescent behavioral disorders. Griffin earned a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) at Kennesaw State University in 2016 and a Bachelor of Science in psychology and music minor from Georgia State University in 2013. He trained in psychoanalytic theory and practice at Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute from 2018-2020, certifying in psychoanalytic theory. Griffin receives ongoing training and supervision in mentalization-based treatment (MBT) through the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families. 

Born in the Midwest and raised in the South (Atlanta, GA), Griffin feels most centered spending time with his wife and family, out in nature, and inside his own head, creating new ideas. Recently, he has been occupying much of his time learning and practicing the art of bonsai, while continuing a lifelong love of writing and playing music.


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 1 CE Credit
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 1 Contact Hour
Case Managers
CCMC – 1 Contact Hour
California Board of Registered Nursing – 1 Contact Hour
NBCC ACEP – 1 Contact Hour
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 1 Contact Hour

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit for an asynchronous course. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.