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This one day training for Mental Health Professionals covers the Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills components of DBT. Also suitable for individual therapist as all the skills sessions are discussed and are also applied in individual sessions.

This course will explore DBT that offers skills based non‐judgemental approach to the management of client’s with Borderline Personality Disorder and clients who are self harming. In particular key concepts of 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.

Modules of DBT Skills Training covered:

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.

Course Prerequisites: The Introduction to the Management of Emotion Dysregulation using 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

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

Who should attend?

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. Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!


1 Day Workshop (9.00am – 4.00pm)

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