Due to an increased demand for DBT programs, the Australian DBT Institute has recently re-located to the Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre in Highett Rd, Highett Victoria.
2015 is the tenth year DBT programs have been led by Institute Director 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.
The Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre is the home of the Australian DBT Institute which offers three dedicated DBT programs: Youth Based Program (Y-DBT), Adult Program (DBT) and Alcohol & Other Drugs based Program (AOD-DBT). The Australian DBT Institute’s programs have been led by Institute Director Peter King since 2005. The Institute’s model of best practice has been replicated around Australia where Peter and his team have supported the development of DBT programs, educated Mental Health Professionals and evaluated a range of DBT and DBT informed programs.
What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan PhD at the University of Washington, is a type of psychotherapy (sometimes called “talking therapy”) for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
DBT is a cognitive behavioural therapy, meaning it is a therapy that focuses on the role of cognition (e.g., thoughts and beliefs) and behaviours (e.g., actions) in the development and the treatment of BPD. DBT includes some changes to the traditional cognitive behavioural elements of therapy in order to help specifically reduce the symptoms of BPD.
Theoretical Basis for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT is based on Dr. Linehan’s theory regarding emotion dysregulation (core problem of BPD), resulting from mixing biology (e.g., genetic and other biological risk factors) and an emotionally unstable childhood environment (e.g., where caregivers punish, trivialise or respond erratically to the child’s expression of emotion) together. The focus of DBT is on helping the client learn and apply skills that will decrease emotion dysregulation and unhealthy attempts to cope with strong emotions.
Program Intake & Commencement Dates
Please find below intake times and further details regarding the Australian DBT Institute’s Programs.
Youth DBT Program – Y-DBT (16 to 25 years)
Our Y-DBT program is run during the school terms on Monday and Friday mornings. Our Y-DBT program runs predominately a closed group with intake to the program following an initial 4-6 session assessment/orientation/commitment period. Intake assessments are conducted year-round with completion the last week of school holidays preferred.
2015 Intake completion and Y-DBT program commencement dates are as follows:
– Intake completed by Friday 30th January. Program starts Monday 2nd February 2015
– Intake completed by Friday 10th April. Program starts Monday 13th April 2015
– Intake completed by Friday 10th June. Program starts Monday 13th June 2015
– Intake completed by Friday 2nd October. Program starts Monday 5th October 2015
To book an intake assessment please contact Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre on 03 9077 2096 and request an assessment to enter the Youth DBT Program.
Adult DBT Program (26 plus years)
The Institutes Adult DBT program runs for 48 weeks a year and is an open group with participants able to commence their DBT program following a 4-6 session intake and during the commencement of the mindfulness modules.
2015 Intake completion and DBT program commencement dates are as follows:
– Intake completed by Friday 30th January. Program starts Wednesday 4th February 2015
– Intake completed by Friday 6th March. Program starts Wednesday 12th March 2015
– Intake completed by Friday 24th April. Program starts Wednesday 30th April 2015
– Intake completed by Friday 12th June. Program starts Wednesday 18th June 2015
– Intake completed by Friday 24th July. Program starts Wednesday 29th July 2015
To book an intake assessment please contact Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre on 03 9077 2096 and request an assessment to enter the Adult DBT Program.
AOD-DBT Program (18 plus years)
The Institutes AOD-DBT program runs once a year and is a closed group with participants able to commence their DBT program following a 4-6 session intake. In 2015 our AOD-DBT program will commence on Wednesday 29th July 2015. All participants must complete their intake assessments before Friday 24th July 2015. The AOD-DBT program will run over 24 sessions over a 16 week period.
To book an intake assessment please contact Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre on 03 9077 2096 and request an assessment to enter the AOD-DBT Program.
The total cost of our DBT Program (Individual Therapy & Group) without any Medicare rebates:
– Youth DBT Program – $350 per week over 12 weeks
– Adult DBT Program – $230 per week over 26 weeks
– AOD-DBT Program – $300 per week over 16 weeks
The total cost of our DBT Program (Individual Therapy & Group) with full Medicare rebates:
– Youth DBT Program – $249 per week over 12 weeks
– Adult DBT Program – $184 per week over 26 weeks
– AOD-DBT Program – $225 per week over 16 weeks
Please note that the above costs are estimates and “full Medicare” refers to client not having used any medicare items for psychological counselling in 2015. Up front payment or weekly payment plans can be discussed with our intake team on 03 9077 2096.
Payments are due at the start of each week and clients choosing the weekly payment are advised that cancellations or non-attendance with incur costs.
Referrals from General Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals can be made to our intake staff on 03 9077 2096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To assist with our referral and program intake process please ensure you have your client’s consent in writing and any recent assessment related to your client’s referral presentation.
Feedback & Discharge
Referring doctors and mental health professionals will be informed of discharge 14 days prior. A follow-up phone call will be made with the patient within 72 hours of discharge. Further follow-up calls will be made at 6 weeks and 6 months post discharge.
Fionnualagh Miller or Peter King on 03 9077 2096 or email email@example.com
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT IN DBT
Mental Health Professionals seeking training in DBT please click here!
Contact Peter King (Institute Director) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you seek a tailored DBT training program and/or consultancy to your organisation.