This two-day course offers a comprehensive introduction to DBT skills training. It is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn to teach or to improve their teaching of DBT skills to clients. This training covers the fundamentals of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn how to set up a group, the group goals and guidelines, begin to teach skills, be a co-leader, identify and solve common problems in skills groups, make skills lectures come alive, give meaningful homework assignments, and review homework assignments in a way that promotes active engagement with different client populations and settings. Instructors will use lecture, practice assignments, role-play, homework review, and question and answer to provide participants with a practical, experiential learning environment. Participants will get substantially more benefit from the training if they have read Linehan’s (1993) Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder prior to attending.
Methods of instruction include lecture, demonstration, and practice exercises to teach the principles and strategies of DBT. Handouts are provided.
• Participants will learn the content of four skills training modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
• Participants will learn to apply relevant DBT strategies within psycho-educational skills training.
• Participants will learn how to organize and to structure skills training classes for clients.
• Participants will learn how to treat therapy-interfering behaviours of clients and therapists
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.