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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Foundations workshop, participants are expected to develop a level of knowledge where they will have an overall understanding of DBT, management of emotion dysregulation and observe the key principles of DBT. Participants will also seek to gain an understanding of the standard content and processes of DBT. Our facilitators have extensive experience in running DBT and DBT informed programs and will facilitate this workshop in a lecture-style with some interactive discussions to ensure knowledge of practice-based implementations of 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 often referred to as 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 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 including a stronger focus on behavioural change with a continued commitment to acceptance-based strategies including validation. Additionally, DBT focuses on a hierarchy of in-session targets in skills training, individual therapy and phone coaching. DBT is also known as a team-based approach with all clinicians involved in treatment attending a weekly/fortnightly consultation team meeting.

*The Foundations DBT workshop is a requirement for all those seeking to attend our other DBT workshops, excluding those who have attended a Marsha Linehan DBT workshop.*

Workshop content

  • Overview of DBT Theory (Research, Theoretical Basis, Stages of Treatment, Structure)
  • Commitment in DBT
  • Skills Training
  • Individual Therapy
  • Phone Coaching
  • Contingencies
  • Middle Path Skills (Behaviouralism, Dialectics & Validation)

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.

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.