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Professionals working with AOD are often challenged by the complex clinical presentations and dilemmas that arise during treatment.

Evidence suggests that Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can help AOD populations. This workshop explores DBT and its application to an AOD population to engage and retain clients.

Participants will advance their knowledge in specific principles and strategies relevant to DBT skills training and coaching with AOD populations, individual therapy, and managing communication and coaching outside of session (e.g. phone calls, emails, texts, etc.). Specific attention will be paid to AOD specific skills as well as dialectics, validation, and behaviour change (“Middle Path”).

Course Prerequisites: The Foundations in DBT workshop is a prerequisite for this workshop. Clinicians are required to be trained to a level where they have knowledge of DBT, the standard content and processes of DBT.

Workshop content
– Become familiar with existing DBT research for AOD populations
– Identify the theory, principles, functions, and modes of comprehensive DBT and explore how they apply to AOD populations
– Introduce the biosocial theory to AOD populations
– Employ DBT commitment strategies
– Target problematic behaviours
– Explore AOD adapted DBT Skills

Course Prerequisites: The Foundations in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy workshop is a prerequisite for this workshop. Clinicians are required to be trained to a level where they have knowledge of DBT, the standard content and processes of DBT.

Who should attend?

All attendees of this workshop must be mental health professionals or students at University training to become mental health professionals. This workshop is suitable for the experienced clinician or clinicians seeking to obtain an introduction to DBT.  Individuals from a range of professional backgrounds who work in community-based services, including youth, family, homeless, aged, welfare, alcohol and substance, mental health, and disability. Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!

Continuing Professional Development Points/Hours

Each year the Centre for Mental Health Education provides CPD opportunities to over 1,000 mental health professionals who claim their education with CMHE as CPD hours. All mental health professionals attending our CPD opportunities are eligible to claim CPD hours if the course/workshop/retreat is relevant to their work as mental health or counselling professionals. There is legislation and AHPRA acknowledgement of this very statement.

To record a professional development activity towards your CPD hours, members of mental health professional and counselling bodies are required to ensure the activity is relevant to them and is consistent with the categories defined in your particular professional body’s CPD Policy.

Health practitioners registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency must undertake continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD requirements of each National Board are detailed in the Registration Standards for each profession, published on each Board’s website (see below links for AHPRA CPD Statements). For professions not registered under AHPRA, their associations have professional development requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Participants will have ongoing access to the materials related to this workshop through CMHE Academy at no additional cost. If a potential participant is unable to attend they will be given ongoing access to this workshop as a webinar.