The DBT Intensive webinar and online course program is for mental health professionals looking to implement a range of DBT strategies in their clinical practice. The comp rehensive program is developed for individual clinicians as well as teams and aims to build knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively apply a DBT informed approach or/and develop and implement a DBT program to clients with emotion dysregulation and/or a diagnosis of borderline personality. This program does not include Credentialing in DBT.If you would prefer to participate in an Intensive training program and become a Credentialed DBT Practitioner please refer to our 10-month Intensive DBT & Credentialing Program by clicking here!
Access to Study Groups which are voluntary and participant led
Access to the Australian DBT Institutes eCampus for 12 months.
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 implement DBT informed practice into the existing clinical setting
Have knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Overview of DBT (Research, Theoretical Basis, Stages of Treatment, Structure)
This four day intensive focuses on the overall application of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy geared towards all participants having an understanding of, commitment to and benefits Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can have for your clients.
This course will consolidate clinicians DBT knowledge and 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 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.
Over the four days participants go through all the structures, components and resources required to run a successful DBT or DBT Informed program.
Specific Focus of DBT Training
Stylistic strategies: How to reframe suicidal and other behaviours as part of the clients 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 to the client.
Attention to contingencies: We will explore ways to influence behaviour. BPD individuals actively avoid threatening situations. This session will assist participants to expose 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 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
Core Mindfulness Skills: Learn how to practice mindfulness with your clients every session. This session will focus on using skills to balance emotion mind and reasonable mind to achieve wise mind. Participants will practice strategies through roles play and observe and describe skills that will then be able to impart to clients.
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.
Emotion regulation skills: Suicidal behaviours are often behavioural solutions to intolerably painful emotions. Learn to assist clients in identifying the difference between their primary emotion (adaptive and appropriate to the context), and their secondary response (intense shame, anxiety or rage). Learn ways of exposing your client to their primary emotion in a non judgmental atmosphere.
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.
Individual Therapy in DBT: This session seeks to extend participants knowledge of Individual Psychotherapy in DBT by exploring comprehensive DBT and its application to youth, families & adult populations which results in the engagement and retention of clients to complete therapy. Advanced knowledge in specific principles and strategies relevant to DBT skills training and coaching with youth and families, individual therapy, family sessions, and managing communication and coaching outside of session (e.g. phone calls, emails, texts, etc.) will be explored. Specific attention will be paid to teaching the skills of dialectics, validation, and behaviour change (“Middle Path”)
Format and organisation of sessions: Learn how to structure a session and stay on task. Learn how to use diary cards to maximise 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.
Who should attend?
This workshops is suitable for the experienced clinician or clinicians who have attended the Australian DBT Institutes foundation programs in 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. Please refer to our CPD Statement at www.cmhe.com.au/cmhes-cpd-statement
Online Courses included in this Package!
4 Day DBT Intensive Course Contents
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