The Lighthouse MBT-Parenting Programme was developed in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre. The programme has been written to the strict guidelines provided within the Quality Manual for MBT to ensure treatment integrity (i.e.: treatment adherence, therapist competence and treatment differentiation) and has been approved by Professors Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy. An independent pilot evaluation has been published and there are two RCTs underway, and other studies in Portugal, Lithuania, Poland, Australia and Ireland are planned for 2022.
Pilot Study (2018)
The results of a pilot within the NHS were reported in the paper published in November 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Byrne, G., Sleed, M., Midgley, N., Fearon, P., Mein, C., Bateman, A., & Fonagy, P. (2018). Lighthouse Parenting Programme: Description and pilot evaluation of mentalization-based treatment to address child maltreatment. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. See here for more info
The Supporting Parents Project (UK)
In the UK we are trialing the delivery of the programme to parents on child protection (CP) or child in need (CIN) plans by social care practitioners trained and supervised by Gerry Byrne and his team, the research is led by Dr Michelle Sleed of ChAPTRe at the Anna Freud National Centre, London. It is funded by What Works for Children’s Social Care.
Understanding and Breaking the Cycle of Abuse (Germany)
In Germany, researchers in Heidelberg and Berlin led by Professors Svenja Taubner and Jana Volkert are conducting a RCT in which an adapted Lighthouse Programme is aiming to strengthen attachment competencies in parents with mental illness.
For upcoming dates and information on March 2022 training in the Lighthouse MBT Programme see www.bessborough.ie/information/mbt-training