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This workshop explores DBT offering a skills-based non‐judgemental approach to the management of client’s with Emotion Regulation difficulties, Borderline Personality Disorder and clients who are self-harming. In particular key concepts of Core Mindfulness as an acceptance-based module; teaching clients how to live with reality “as it is” will be explored. Emotion Regulation is also offered as a change‐oriented module, teaching clients how to alter themselves or their environments. Distress Tolerance as an acceptance-based module; teaching clients how to live with reality “as it is” will be explored. Interpersonal Effectiveness as a change‐oriented module, teaching clients how to alter themselves or their environments will also be addressed.

Mindfulness Meditation Skills. These skills center on learning to observe, describe and participate in all experiences (including thoughts, sensations, emotions, and things happening externally in the environment) without judging these experiences as “good” or “bad.” These are considered “core” skills that are necessary in order to implement the other DBT skills successfully.

Emotion Regulation Skills. In this module, patients learn to identify and manage emotional reactions.

Interpersonal effectiveness skills: Learn effective strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no, and coping with conflict. Learn how to assist your clients in analysing a situation and determining goals for interpersonal effectiveness.

Distress tolerance skills: The ability to tolerate and accept distress is essential. Learn how to teach clients to perceive their own environment without putting demands on it to be different. Learn how to teach clients to experience their own emotional state without attempting to change it, and to observe their own thoughts and action patterns without attempting to stop or control them.


  • Overview of DBT Skills Training (Structure, Homework and Facilitation of Skills)
  • Commitment in Skills Training
  • Integration of Middle Path Skills (Behaviouralism, Dialectics & Validation)
  • Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills components of DBT

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.

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.