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:
Introduction – Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder
(BPD), DSM IV, V. Description of DBT, Australian and USA Statistics.
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
The Styles of DBT, Validation, Dialectics, Encouragement, Genuineness, Irreverent Communication
Pre-Treatment Stage, Client/Therapist agreements, Hierarchy of Targets, Hitting and Impass. Primary and Secondary Targets of DBT
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
Wise Mind Skill of DBT, The Brain and Emotions
TIPP, Wise Mind Accepts – Distraction, Self-soothe
STOP, Improve the Moment
Checking the Facts, Reality/Radical Acceptance
Emotional Regulation – Model of Emotions, Opposite Action,
Validate your Vulnerabilities, Know your Triggers, Primary and Secondary
Emotions, Mindfulness to current emotions, Managing extreme emotions.
Chemistry, Labelling emotions, Reducing Vulnerability, Building
relationships and ending destructive relationships, Increase positive
emotions, Coping Ahead, Decrease emotional suffering
Interpersonal Effectiveness – Goals, DEAR MAN GIVE FAST, Factors reducing Interpersonal Effectiveness
Skills Training Group
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.