Due to an increased demand for DBT programs, the Australian DBT Institute has recently launched programs in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast in partnership with Essentia Health and online programs.

2020 is the fifteenth year DBT programs have been led by Institute Director Dr Peter King. The Institute provides a model of best practice which has been replicated around Australia where Peter, through the Institute, supports the development of DBT programs, educates staff and evaluates Australian DBT programs.

Please find below further details regarding the Australian DBT Institute’s Programs.

DBT Group Program (online program)

The Australian DBT Institute runs a DBT Program from Essentia Health in Brighton, Victoria; Brisbane CBD and the Gold Coast from October 2020. Our program has been developed by Dr. Peter King who is the developer of DBT-TI. ​ DBT-TI is a Trauma Informed approach to DBT which follows the evidence base of DBT and safe trauma therapy approaches. The approach has been found to be successful in Australia, South Africa and Thailand where Dr. King develops mental health professionals in the DBT-TI approach.

Individuals who enter our programs are in the Stabilisaiton Phase of treatment and may have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Complex PTSD or an Acute Stress Reaction. Programs run for 30 weeks in 10 week blocks with 2 weeks break in between each 10 week block. Participants can only enter the program once they have completed the 4 week Foundation Phase (NO FEE CHARGED FOR THE FOUNDATION PHASE)

Foundation Phase: Starts 22nd June 2020 (NO FEE)
– Program Overview
– Treatment Targets & Goals

Term 2: Starts July 22nd 2020
– Mindfulness Skills
– Managing Emotions

Term 3: Starts October 14th 2020 (Gold Coast Program Commences in October. For more information please contact us at info@dbtinstitute.com.au)
– Mindfulness Skills
– Managing Relationships

Term 1: Starts 3rd February 2021
– Mindfulness Skills
– Managing Crisis Situations

All participants agree to the following expectations of our program:
– Attend foundation sessions with our research assistant
– Attend group sessions and individual therapy sessions
– 2 weeks leave in between each 10 week term
– Attend additional follow-up sessions with our research assistant
– Complete your weekly homework tasks
– Complete your DBT-TI diary on a weekly basis
– Abide by the guidelines of the program including: not entering relationships with other participants, not attending intoxicated or hung over and being on time
– Payment of weekly fees of $180 for individual therapy and $30 for group

Register your interest via email to Teagan (Research Assistant) – email teagan@cmhe.com.au

Graduate Program – Online Program

  • Monthly on Wednesdays: from 7th October 2020 (Online)

The Australian DBT Institute adopts a Stabilisation Based Therapy approach to supporting clients who have graduated from our DBT programs. On graduation clients are also able to attend our monthly graduate groups are available online using GoToMeeting. Graduate groups may be larger than usual DBT groups and focus on Mindfulness Skills and reviewing a range of DBT skills each session.  Monthly groups cost $20 for a 90 minute session.


DBT Program Contact Form

We have programs in the Bayside region of Melbourne and the Gold Coast in Queensland.
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