Individual Therapy in DBT

The Introduction to DBT is a prerequisite for this workshop (If you have attended a Marsha Linehan Workshop then you are not required to complete the Introduction to DBT Workshop)

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7CPD hrsThis one day training focuses on Individual Psychotherapy in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and is geared towards all participants having an understanding of, commitment to and benefits Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can have for your clients in Individual Therapy.

This course will explore DBT that offers skills based non‐judgemental approach to the management of client’s with Borderline Personality Disorder and clients who are self harming. In particular key concepts of Core Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance as acceptance based modules; teaching clients how to live with reality “as it is” will be explored. Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness as change‐oriented modules, teaching clients how to alter themselves or their environments will also be addressed.

DBT Strategies Discussed:

Stylistic strategies: How to reframe suicidal and other behaviours as part of the clients learned ‘problem solving’ repertoire. Participants will learn to balance active problem solving with validating the client’s current emotional state and behavioural responses. This session will teach you to blend a ‘matter‐of‐fact’, irreverent attitude towards current and previous dysfunctional behaviours with warmth, flexibility and responsive- ness to the client.

Attention to contingencies: Ways to influence behaviour. BPD individuals actively avoid threatening situations. This session will assist participants to expose client in session and in vivo to fear eliciting stimuli. Participants will learn to arrange and encourage exposures.

Validation: This session will be an in‐depth practice of validating the client’s thoughts feelings and actions. Participants will learn to search for the grain of wisdom or truth in each client response and know how to communicate that to the client. The emphasis here is on building and maintaining a positive, interpersonal, collaborative relationship between client and therapist

Format and organisation of sessions: Learn how to structure an Individual session and stay on task. Learn how to use diary cards to maximise success of a session. Participants will learn to manage issues that come up in session in a timely manner and how to conduct chain analysis of problem behaviours.

Course Prerequisite: The Introduction to the Management of Emotion Dysregulation using DBT workshop is a prerequisite for this workshop. Clinicians are required to be trained to a level where they have knowledge of DBT, the standard content and processes of DBT.

Workshop content

  • Overview of DBT (Research, Theoretical Basis, Stages of Treatment, Structure)
  • Commitment
  • DBT Skills
  • Individual Therapy
  • Phone Coaching
  • Contingencies
  • Middle Path (Behaviouralism, Dialectics & Validation)
  • Setting up your DBT Individual Sessions

Who should attend?

Individuals from a range of professional backgrounds who work in community-based services, including youth, family, homeless, aged, welfare, alcohol and substance, mental health, and disability. Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!


1 Day Workshop (9.00am – 4.00pm)

Dates & Locations

march 2018

16mar9:00 am- 4:00 pmIndividual Therapy in Dialectic Behaviour TherapySydney Workshop

june 2018

6jun9:00 am- 4:00 pmIndividual Therapy in Dialectic Behaviour TherapyBrisbane Workshop

26jun9:00 am- 4:00 pmIndividual Therapy in Dialectic Behaviour TherapyMelbourne Workshop

september 2018

26sep - 27sep 269:00 amsep 27Individual Therapy in Dialectical Behaviour TherapyWorkshop Only (Without Full Retreat Package)

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