Lighthouse MBT Parenting Programme – Training 2022

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The Lighthouse MBT Training 2022

4th March 2022
1.30 – 5pm
Gerry Byrne
7th 8th, 9th, 10th March 2022
The Bessborough Centre, Cork City
10am – 4.30pm
Gerry Byrne

For more information on the Lighthouse MBT Model see here

The training will give participants an understanding of the centrality of mentalizing to the parent-child relationship and the literature and research evidence pertaining to this. Participants will be equipped with the clinical skills to enhance parent’s capacity to mentalize, and in particular, to mentalize their children. Promotion of mentalizing with parents aims to enhance attunement in parent-child relationships, to promote secure attachment and reduce disorganization and to reduce risk of harm and of trans-generational transmission of psychopathology / attachment difficulties.

The training aims are for participants to:

  1. Pick up the manual and feel able to run the programme with supervision
  2. To have a good grasp of the competences (MBT generic and Lighthouse specific)
  3. To experience something of what it is like to be a parent in the group
  4. To have role played at least once as therapist/parent in group real or role plays

The training is designed to be in part ‘experiential’, so that participants have direct experience of the programme and of the MBT stance and skills. Teaching methods include didactic, role play, ‘real-play’ and group check-in and check-outs and have been very positively evaluated by participants to date.

In partnership with The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth’s What Works fund, we are offering 12 free places to practitioners of all disciplines on this training – if you would like to attend please register your interest here by 5pm on 20th December . Successful applicants will be notified by 22nd December.


Gerry Byrne is the originator and developer of the Lighthouse Parenting Programme.

He worked for 35 years in NHS mental health services, as a psychiatric nurse, adult psychotherapist, child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist and MBT practitioner, trainer and supervisor. Between 1990 and 2006, for 17 years, he led the parent-infant psychotherapy and nursing services under Dr David Jones in the pioneering, national, inpatient Family Unit at the Park Hospital, working with severe child abuse and neglect.

When the Family Unit closed in 2006, Gerry led on the transformation of the service launching the Family Assessment & Safeguarding Service (FASS OXON) in 2007. Over the years that followed, he secured commissioning for three other award winning, attachment and perinatal services for the Trust, namely, the Infant Parent Perinatal Service (IPPS) in 2008, the Family Assessment & Safeguarding Service (FASS Wiltshire & Bath & Northeast Somerset) in 2011, and the ReConnect Service (Buckinghamshire) in 2014.

Gerry remained Head of Attachment and Perinatal Services at Oxford Health NHS Trust until 2021 when he left to set up SOLAS Oxford Community Investment Company to continue his work supporting vulnerable children, parents, families, and adults through training, supervision, innovation, research, and direct provision of evidence-based interventions. Gerry is pursuing a part-time research DPhil at the University of Oxford’s Department of Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

Gerry is the current clinical supervisor for the Wexford Rape Crisis Centre.

He is the author of a children’s picture book, All at Sea, published by Walker Books (2018). Available her  The Freud Museum and Amazon

Published papers on the Lighthouse Parenting Programme are available through Gerry’s page on ResearchGate.

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