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This two-day workshop is an introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) intended for mental health professionals who wish to acquaint themselves with the treatment or who are considering further training in DBT. The training introduces change-based technology (behaviour therapy) with acceptance-based principles (validation), along with dialectical strategies that provide the balance of acceptance and change. It also highlights the frame of DBT and defines the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT. We introduce a core selection of skills from the 2015 Skills Training Manual (2nd Ed.). Methods of instruction include lecture, demonstration, and practice exercises to teach the principles and strategies of DBT.
This training has been developed by Dr Marsha Linehan and is delivered by our trainers in collaboration with Behavioral Tech and The Linehan Institute. It is an update of the 2-day “Coping with Chaos” which has previously been offered in New Zealand.
Dr Emily Cooney is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the US, the UK, and New Zealand with children and adults in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, with a particular focus on DBT. She is an assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine, where she co-directs the DBT and DBT for substance use disorder teams within an Intensive Outpatient Program. Emily served as a research therapist on two trials of DBT under Dr Marsha Linehan, and was the principal investigator on two DBT feasibility trials in New Zealand. One examined DBT for self-harming adolescents, and the other trialled DBT skills training for men with anger-related problems. She provides training in DBT via Behavioral Tech as well as DBTNZ, and loves opportunities to come home and spend time with dedicated clinicians in Aotearoa.
Dr Tessa Brudevold-Iversen is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in DBT for adolescents and has more recently been involved in treatment development of DBT for eating disorders. She was a co-researcher on a treatment development project utilising DBT to treat adolescents with eating disorders and emotional dysregulation and regularly provides DBT trainings for mental health services, NGOs, and universities. Tessa facilitates Family Connections groups and has been involved in this since it first started in New Zealand. She did DBT-specific post-doctoral study in Seattle, Washington, USA working with Marsha Linehan and other Behavioral Tech clinicians. Tessa provides DBT supervision and consultation to both individual clinicians and teams.
You can contact us with any enquiries about this training.