This two-day workshop is designed to be a comprehensive introductory overview of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). It is intended for mental health professionals who wish to acquaint themselves with the treatment or who are considering further training in DBT.
DBT balances change-based technology (behaviour therapy) with acceptance-based principles (validation). Both of these strategies will be introduced along with dialectical strategies (those that provide the balance of acceptance and change). The frame of DBT will be highlighted and the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT will be defined.
Methods of instruction include lecture, videotapes of treatment, and practice exercises to teach the principles and strategies of DBT. Handouts are provided. The following topics are covered:
1) diagnosis and biosocial theory of borderline personality disorder; 2) DBT treatment targets and structure of treatment for multi-problem, high-risk clients, including the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT programs; 3) basic strategies used in DBT, including problem solving, behaviour chain analysis, validation, and dialectical strategies; and 4) brief introduction to DBT group skills training.
• Describe the dialectical biosocial theory of borderline personality disorder (BPD) used to guide treatment planning.
• Identify DBT treatment targets and how to structure treatment for multi-problem individuals at high risk for life-threatening behaviours.
• Explain basic strategies used in DBT, including behaviour chain analysis, problem solving, validation, and dialectical strategies.
The presenters will be two trainers (to be confirmed) from our DBTNZ team. This training has previously been offered in New Zealand.
You can contact us with any enquiries about this training.