Comprehensive Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Australian DBT Institute's DBT Clinician Credentialing is included in the costs and structure of this program!



10sep - 11sep 109:00 amsep 11Comprehensive Training in DBT (Sydney)5 days of workshops over 12 months and a full range of online content including resources and roleplay videos

13sep - 14sep 139:00 amsep 14Comprehensive Training in DBT (Melbourne)5 days of workshops over 12 months and a full range of online content including resources and roleplay videos

This 12 month program is for mental health professionals looking to start a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) program &/or looking to implement a range of DBT strategies in their current practice. This program is developed for individual clinicians as we teams and aims to build knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively develop and implement a DBT program or effectively  apply a DBT informed approach to clients with emotion dysregulation and/or a diagnosis of borderline personality.

Included in the Australian DBT Institute’s 12 month program:

  • 5 Days of Intensive Training
  • 12 months access to our online portal with week, by week instructional videos on delivering DBT informed approaches
  • Credentialing of Clinicians in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Hands on experience in participating in a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for 10 clinicians in The Essentia Health Program – Melbourne
  • Study Groups with regular support from Australian DBT Institute faculty
  • Free listing on My Therapist Search

The Comprehensive Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy program runs in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth with each program consisting of three phases:


  • Sydney Weekend Intensive Dates: 10th & 11th September 2018
  • Melbourne Weekend Intensive Dates: 13th & 14th September 2018

IMPLEMENTATION COMPONENT: PHASE 2 Online support and attendance at open consult group sessions made up of program participants. Program implementation by participants in their workplace (where applicable). Australian DBT Institute facilitators make contact over the phone/skype to support program implementation if participants are unable to attend open consult group sessions.

Mid program review days

  • Sydney review day: 11th March 2019
  • Melbourne review day: 12th March 2019


  • Melbourne Weekend Intensive Dates: 12th & 13th September 2019
  • Sydney Weekend Intensive Dates: 9th & 10th September 2019
If this is program meets your professional development needs and you wish to register, please call 03 9448 2361 or email


Course Investment

  • Option 1: Deposit $300 and monthly payments of $250 (May 2017 – May 2018)
  • Option 2: Upfront payment of $2,805 (15% discount for upfront payment)

Course Prerequisites

  • Participants will be accepted from qualified Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Youth Workers and other helping professionals.
  • Applicants are expected to be working with individuals with BPD and looking to run a DBT informed program/activity implement DBT informed practice into the existing clinical setting
  • Have knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of DBT and to have attended either one of Marsha Linehan’s training courses or an Australian DBT Institute’s DBT Introduction workshops.
  • Desirable is attendance at one of our skills or individual therapy or youth one day trainings

Topics covered:

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



This two day weekend intensive focuses on the overall application of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy geared towards all participants having an understanding of, commitment to and benefits Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can have for your clients.

Part 1 of this course will consolidate clinicians DBT knowledge and 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.

In part 1 we will go through all the structures, components and resources required to run a successful DBT or DBT Informed program.

Specific Focus of Part 1 of DBT Training

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: We will explore 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

Core Mindfulness Skills: Learn how to practice mindfulness with your clients every session. This session will focus on using skills to balance emotion mind and reasonable mind to achieve wise mind. Participants will practice strategies through roles play and observe and describe skills that will then be able to impart to clients.

Interpersonal effectiveness skills: Learn effective strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no and coping with conflict. Learn how to assist your clients in analysing a situation and determining goals for interpersonal effectiveness.

Emotion regulation skills: Suicidal behaviours are often behavioural solutions to intolerably painful emotions. Learn to assist clients in identifying the difference between their primary emotion (adaptive and appropriate to the context), and their secondary response (intense shame, anxiety or rage). Learn ways of exposing your client to their primary emotion in a non judgmental atmosphere.

Distress tolerance skills: The ability to tolerate and accept distress is essential. Learn how to teach clients to perceive their own environment without putting demands on it to be different. Learn how to teach clients to experience their own emotional state without attempting to change it, and to observe their own thoughts and action patterns without attempting to stop or control them.

Individual Therapy skills: This session seeks to extend participants knowledge of Individual Psychotherapy in DBT by exploring comprehensive DBT and its application to youth, families & adult populations which results in the engagement and retention of clients to complete therapy. Advanced knowledge in specific principles and strategies relevant to DBT skills training and coaching with youth and families, individual therapy, family sessions, and managing communication and coaching outside of session (e.g. phone calls, emails, texts, etc.) will be explored. Specific attention will be paid to teaching the skills of dialectics, validation, and behaviour change (“Middle Path”)

Format and organisation of sessions: Learn how to structure a 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.

Mid Program Review Days

Participants will attend a day of review and clarification to trouble shoot any difficulties they may have running their DBT programs/implementing DBT informed practice. Regular consult group sessions held with other participants will inform the content of this review and clarification day.


During this phase all attendees implement a DBT program/DBT informed practice  within their workplace. Attendees are supported by an Australian DBT Institute trainer to implement their DBT program/informed practice. Where applicable, programs are to commence 6 weeks following initial training to ensure a full cycle is completed before the Phase 3 sessions.

Support includes:

–    Access to the Australian DBT Institute’s online resource centre which has a range of activities and instructional videos to assist your weekly delivery of DBT skills and individual therapy.

–    Access to open consultation team meetings with the Australian DBT Institute in either one of our Highett (Melbourne) and Rozelle (Sydney) locations or attendance at participant run consult groups.

As part of the implementation phase each team is given two tasks. Firstly to develop a clinical presentation of a client’s management using DBT and secondly a presentation regarding the development and implementation of your DBT program/DBT informed practice . An outline of the tasks are provided during PHASE 1: FOUNDATION TRAINING.


PHASE 3: EVALUATION AND PROGRAM EXTENSION (2 days face to face review and training)

On Day 1 of Phase 3: Evaluation and Program Extension, participants present their programs and a case presentation to the group

  • Consultancy to programs (Each individual/team will present their DBT Program/DBT informed practice  and will be supported through consultancy to further enhance their program/informed practice)
  • Case Presentations (Each individual/team will present a client to explore the application of DBT and any challenges that may have arisen during the their 6 months treatment)

On day 2 of Phase 3: Evaluation and Program Extension, a range of advanced topics in DBT will be explored. Our trainers will meet with teams 3 times during the eight months separating training dates to identify gaps in knowledge and programs. The training team will provide an advanced presentation on topics identified.

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. Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!


Each Day of the Workshop (9.00am – 4.00pm)

Dates & Locations

10sep - 11sep 109:00 amsep 11Comprehensive Training in DBT (Sydney)5 days of workshops over 12 months and a full range of online content including resources and roleplay videos

13sep - 14sep 139:00 amsep 14Comprehensive Training in DBT (Melbourne)5 days of workshops over 12 months and a full range of online content including resources and roleplay videos

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