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The course aims to build on knowledge, skills, and confidence to effectively develop and implement a DBT program or effectively apply a DBT-informed approach to clients with emotion dysregulation and/or a diagnosis of borderline personality.

Topics covered:

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

  • Part 2: Clarifications before implementation (1 Day)
  • Part 3: Individual Application of DBT Review (1 Day)

During this phase, all attendees implement a DBT program/DBT informed practice within their workplace. Attendees are supported by an Australian DBT Institute trainer to implement their DBT program/informed practice. Where applicable, programs are to commence 2 weeks following initial training to ensure a full cycle is completed before the Phase 4 session.

Support includes:

–    Access to the Australian DBT Institute’s online resource center which has a range of activities and instructional videos to assist your weekly delivery of DBT skills and individual therapy.

–    Access to open consultation team meetings with the Australian DBT Institute in either one of our Brighton Clinic (Melbourne), Southport (Gold Coast) or attendance at participant-run consult groups.

As part of the implementation phase, each team is given two tasks. Firstly, to develop a clinical presentation of a client’s management using DBT and secondly, a presentation regarding the development and implementation of your DBT program/DBT informed practice. An outline of the tasks is provided during DAY 3 OF FOUNDATION TRAINING.

Two Program Review Days During Phase 2

Participants will attend two single days of review (usually one-two and three-four months following the initial Foundation sessions – see dates above) and clarification to troubleshoot any difficulties they may have running their DBT programs/implementing DBT informed practice. These sessions can be attended in person or via Zoom. Regular consult group sessions held with other participants will inform the content of this review and clarification day.

1-day face-to-face review and training with the option of presenting your DBT or DBT Informed application over Zoom

  • Part 4: Approach evaluation & extension (1 Day)

On the final day of this course (see dates above) in Phase 3: Evaluation and Program Extension, participants present their programs and a case presentation to the group

  • Consultancy to programs (Each individual/team will present their DBT Program/DBT informed practice and will be supported through consultancy to further enhance their program/informed practice)
  • Case Presentations (Each individual/team will present a client to explore the application of DBT and any challenges that may have arisen during their 6 months treatment)

Included in the Australian DBT Institute’s program:

  • 6 Days of Intensive Training (For individuals who have completed foundations and skills training workshops the initial 2 days of training are not mandatory and recognition of prior learning through evidence of training is available)Essentials in DBT Training (2 Days)
    • Part 1: Establishing your DBT Informed Approach (1 Day)
    • Part 2: Clarifications before implementation (1 Day)
    • Part 3: Individual Application of DBT Review (1 Day)
    • Part 4: Approach evaluation & extension (1 Day)
  • Credentialing of Clinicians in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) after a 12-month implementation of DBT (if you are a first-time DBT user you will need to complete this requirement before being able to be credentialed in DBT)
  • Access to Study Groups with other participants which is voluntary
  • Access to Program Delivery opportunities at the Australian DBT Institute (venue for the workshop or online)
  • Access to the Australian DBT Institutes eCampus for 12 months
  • Access to DBT Assist – Australian DBT Institute’s platform for teaching DBT Skills online

Course Prerequisites

  • Participants will be accepted from qualified Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Youth Workers and other helping professionals.
  • Applicants are expected to be working with individuals with BPD/emotion dysregulation and looking to run a DBT-informed program/activity to implement DBT-informed practice into the existing clinical setting
  • Have knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of DBT and to have attended either one of Marsha Linehan’s training courses or an Australian DBT Institute’s DBT Foundations workshops.

Who should attend this course?

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 experienced clinicians 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!

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have been delivering workshops since 1999 and have trialed a range of approaches including printing materials and providing them electronically to support all attendees’ development. To keep our prices low and avoid printing extensive resources, our service provides online access to all materials from this workshop via our CMHE Academy website.

If not having a printout of workshop resources prior to the workshop impacts your capacity to participate in this workshop, please contact our admin team at and they will send you a pdf version of the slides (no cost). Alternately, a workshop manual can be printed by our team and sent to you at the cost of $15 (including postage).

No, we do not provide lunch for participants attending our workshops and courses. We do however arrange tea, coffee, and water from the beginning of each full-day workshop until the lunch break. Some locations also offer morning tea at an affordable rate so do offer morning tea at times.

Participants are given the option of a longer lunch or to order lunch at the morning tea break from local establishments and have their meal delivered to the training room.

We provide an electronic certificate to all participants of our workshops. Certificates can be downloaded from CMHE Academy and if you ever need to print them again you can do so from your CMHE Academy account.

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.

Centre for Mental Health Education (CMHE) and our affiliates no longer seek the external endorsement of mental health professionals and counselling bodies due to AHPRA’s acknowledgement that when activities are relevant to your clinical practice they do not require such endorsement. Members of all mental health professional and counselling registration bodies can still accrue CPD hours by participating in activities of the Centre for Mental Health Education. Your CPD activity must be determined to be relevant to your individual professional requirements. 

All CMHE programs have been developed by qualified mental health professionals who are currently practising in their professional area, hold post-graduate qualifications, and are peer-reviewed. If CMHE courses are relevant to your practice as a mental health professional then our courses meet the requirements of mental health professional and counselling registration bodies as outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner legislation.

Please check with your professional leader or registered professional organisation for recommendations.

AHPRA CPD Statements

Non-government Associations & Professional Bodies CPD Statements