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This workshop has been specifically developed for mental health professionals seeking to implement a DBT or DBT informed approach as individual therapists, case managers and skills coaches seeking to identify ways of identifying skills most relevant to their individual clients.

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

Workshop content

  • Commitment in DBT
  • Setting up your DBT Individual Sessions
  • Running a DBT Informed practice
  • DBT Skills
  • Individual Therapy
  • Behavioural Chain Analysis
  • Phone Coaching
  • Management of Therapy Interfering Behaviours
  • Contingencies
  • Middle Path (Behaviouralism, Dialectics & Validation)

DBT Strategies Discussed:

Stylistic strategies: How to reframe suicidal and other behaviours as part of the client’s learned ‘problem-solving’ repertoire. Participants will learn to balance active problem solving with validating the client’s current emotional state and behavioural responses. This session will teach you to blend a ‘matter‐of‐fact’, irreverent attitude towards current and previous dysfunctional behaviours with warmth, flexibility and responsiveness- ness to the client.

Attention to contingencies: Ways to influence behaviour. BPD individuals actively avoid threatening situations. This session will assist participants to expose the client in session and in vivo to fear eliciting stimuli. Participants will learn to arrange and encourage exposures.

Validation: This session will be an in‐depth practice of validating the client’s thoughts feelings and actions. Participants will learn to search for the grain of wisdom or truth in each client’s response and know how to communicate that to the client. The emphasis here is on building and maintaining a positive, interpersonal, collaborative relationship between client and therapist

Format and organisation of sessions: Learn how to structure an Individual session and stay on task. Learn how to use diary cards to maximise the success of a session. Participants will learn to manage issues that come up in session in a timely manner and how to conduct chain analysis of problem behaviours.

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.