Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) 


Intensive Self-paced Online Training- 16 Sessions self paced learning

Facilitator: Megan Shiell

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Prof. Marsha Linehan, Ph.D,at the University of Washington in the late 1970’s. She added acceptance, dialectics and validation strategies to cognitive-behavioural treatment for clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) who often presented with chronic patterns of suicidal or other severe dysfunctional behaviours and named the therapy Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). In her 2nd Edition ‘DBT Skills Training Manual 2015’ she has explained how useful DBT can be useful for many other client groups and has given examples of how DBT can be modified to assist these clients. She has also added a variety of new skills to the original modules for skills training.

It is not unusual for individuals diagnosed with BPD to also struggle with other problems — depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug addictions. It’s important to note that DBT is an “empirically-supported treatment” for BPD sufferers. DBT skills are extremely useful for people in assisting in the management of impulsive behaviours, mood changes, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression and concentrates on urges to use substances, food, gambling etc. to avoid or get rid of uncomfortable or intense emotions. DBT gives clients concrete skills and strategies to manage disruptive emotional experiences.

This NEW ONLINE SELF PACED LEARNING PROGRAM – “DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (DBT) ONLINE INTENSIVE TRAINING – 16 SESSIONS” is designed to assist practitioners gain knowledge of how to work with DBT as individual therapists and also as skills group trainers/facilitators. Training can be tailored to specific region’s needs and information on how to set up a DBT program including Therapists Consult groups is also included.

The 16 sessions are as follows:
Session 1
Introduction – Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), DSM IV, V. Description of DBT, Australian and USA Statistics.
Session 2
Five functions of Treatment, 2015 New DBT Training Manual, Standards and Modes of Treatment, Researched Model of DBT description – Adults and Adolescents. The Four Modules of DBT, Assumptions in DBT
Session 3
The Styles of DBT, Validation, Dialectics, Encouragement, Genuineness, Irreverent Communication
Session 4
Pre-Treatment Stage, Client/Therapist agreements, Hierarchy of Targets, Hitting and Impass. Primary and Secondary Targets of DBT
Session 5
Individual DBT Therapy, session structure and timing, crisis intervention, risk factors for suicide, phone coaching, how to handle calls when your client is lonely, treating wilfulness when it shows up, Diary Card, Chain Analysis, Environmental intervention. Discussion of Adult and Adolescent Training Manuals
Session 6
Wise Mind Skill of DBT, The Brain and Emotions
Session 7
Session 8
TIPP, Wise Mind Accepts – Distraction, Self-soothe
Session 9
STOP, Improve the Moment
Session 10
Checking the Facts, Reality/Radical Acceptance
Session 11
Emotional Regulation – Model of Emotions, Opposite Action,
Session 12
Validate your Vulnerabilities, Know your Triggers, Primary and Secondary Emotions, Mindfulness to current emotions, Managing extreme emotions.
Session 13
Chemistry, Labelling emotions, Reducing Vulnerability, Building relationships and ending destructive relationships, Increase positive emotions, Coping Ahead, Decrease emotional suffering
Session 14
Interpersonal Effectiveness – Goals, DEAR MAN GIVE FAST, Factors reducing Interpersonal Effectiveness
Session 15
Skills Training Group
Session 16
Walking the Middle Path, exclusion criteria, Implementing DBT into a System, DBT Consultation Team Agreements, Structure of a Consult Team

Megan has worked as a DBT Consultant for many years, developing many programs for health care organizations around Australia. She has trained around 1500 Health Care Professionals in the last 8 years. Megan is a registered Art Therapist and she includes discussion on client’s art exercises which are paired with the DBT Skills taught in this training. Megan likes to show participants of her trainings how creativity can be a useful tool alongside DBT Skills. The experience of making and having a visual reminder helps clients learn and remember DBT Skills.

COST $495 (GST included).

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

This event counts as 10 hours of category B CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.