Indygroupwork Workshop: An Introduction to Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT)

Cultivating your clients' interest in exploring their own mind and the minds of others.

MBT is an evidence-based psychodynamic treatment for personality disorders and other frequently encountered clinical issues.  In this day-long workshop, clinicians will be introduced to some of the basic ideas and interventions of MBT.  Clinicians will be able to utilize MBT responses in a variety of clinical settings including: addictions, trauma, couple & family, treatment and mood disorders.  In addition, ways in which therapists inadvertently inhibit their clients' mentalizing capacities will be addressed.  The workshop will be a combination of lectures, practice sessions and discussions.

At completion of this workship, clinicians will be able to:


  1. Name three features of the "Clinician's Stance" in MBT.
  2. Identify the three pre-mentalizing modes of appropriate clinical responses.
  3. State the four dimensions of mentalizing and the importance of these dimensions.
  4. Name four ways therapists inadvertently inhibit clients' mentalizing processes.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-12:00 Morning Session

12:00-1:30 Lunch (on your own)

1:30-4:30 Afternoon Session

Cost: $75 before October 24, $85 after October 24

5.5 Category 1 CEU's are available for no extra cost to LMHC's, LMFT's, LCSW's and LSW's upon completion of an evaluation form.

Workshop Leaders

K. Brynolf Lyon, PhD, CGP

Berni is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.  He is a National Certified Counselor, a Diplomate in AMHCA and an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education.  He has served as President of the Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought (APA, Division 39 Affiliate), been appointed to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy and serves on the Board of Tri-State Group Psychotherapy Society.  Bernie has more than 30 years of experience in clinical training and teaching, and he has published several works on group dynamics, human development and spirituality.  Bernie has completed the Advanced MBT Training and UCLA.

Karis Klassen, MA, CGP, MBT Practitioner

Karis is a Licenced Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indiana.  She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education and a Practitioner of MBT.  She completed the National Group Psychotherapy Institute at the Washington School of Psychiatry.  Karis has over 25 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapy to professionals.  She currently runs a supervision group for experienced clinicians focusing on mentalization.  She is the author of the forthcoming article "Mentalization-Based Treatment Techniques in Group Therapy," International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 2017.

Bernie and Karis founded "Indygroupwork" in 2004, a service and training entity, that has offered workshops for mental health providers, group psychotherapists, chaplains and church leaders in many areas of group dynamics.  Together they have presented numerous times at the national conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and were the Keynote speakers for the Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society's fall conference in 2013.  They have also presented for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the Indiana Counseling Association and the Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought.  They are co-authors (with Robert Berley) of the article "Unbearable States of Mind in Group Psychotherapy: Dissociation, Mentalization and the Clinician's Stance," Group, 2012.

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