Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, at the University of Washington, is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioural treatment for clients with pervasive emotion regulation difficulties. Research has shown DBT to reduce suicidal behaviour, dropout from treatment, and psychiatric hospitalisations. DBT treats clients who have intense, out of control emotions, usually anger, shame, guilt, sadness, anxiety and depression. The modes of treatment in comprehensive outpatient DBT are: 1) skills training where clients learn new behaviours in mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation; 2) individual psychotherapy; 3) telephone consultation; 4) structuring the client’s environment and 5) the therapists’ consultation team.
This two-day training presents an overview of DBT for Substance Use Disorders (DBT-SUD). Participants will learn how cognitive-behavioural strategies are blended with acceptance and mindfulness approaches to help clients who have multiple serious, chronic mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders.
The training will be pitched at an intermediate level, assuming participants will have attended a two-day or more DBT training OR will have familiarised themselves with the foundations of DBT by reading a recognised DBT text by authors who are or have been significantly affiliated with Behavioral Tech (e.g. Linehan, Koerner, Dimeff, Swales as below)
Those of you who have attended longer DBT trainings (i.e. of more than 2 days’ duration, including intensives) should expect that your knowledge of DBT per se will not be improved although hopefully you will learn more about the application of DBT to substance use disorders.
You can contact us with any enquiries about this training.