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.
Dr Emily Cooney is a clinical psychologist working at the Kari Centre (an outpatient child and adolescent mental health service in Auckland). Emily has served as a research therapist on two trials of DBT under Dr Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, and has acted as lead of a group-based DBT programme under Yale School of Medicine. She has been principal investigator on two trials of DBT in New Zealand, is a DBT trainer for Behavioral Tech and has provided trainings in DBT for substance use disorders, for adolescents and families, and foundation and intensive trainings.
Dr Roy Krawitz is a psychiatrist (Waikato DHB) and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (Auckland University) specializing for the last 25 years in working with people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and in DBT specifically the last 10 years. Roy has authored 5 books on BPD. Roy has been the lead or co-trainer at 10 Behavioral Tech-licensed trainings.
Emily has previously worked clinically in a DBT-S randomised controlled trial, and in a group-based DBT programme for clients with borderline personality disorder and substance use disorders. Roy has experience of working with clients with both BPD and substance use disorders in an adult mental health DBT service and was the consultant, trainer and supervisor for the implementation of 3 adapted Melbourne DBT programs for ‘hard to treat’ problem gamblers. Neither Emily nor Roy are currently working in specialist substance use disorder teams, however DBTNZ think the training content is so valuable that we're keen to make it available in New Zealand regardless of Emily and Roy’s current practice contexts.
This training has been approved for DAPAANZ members to earn 20 CPD points.
You can contact us with any enquiries about this training.