Working with AOD Populations using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

This Workshop can also be delivered in workplaces. Email our team at info@cmhe.org for more details.

Professionals working with AOD are often challenged by the complexity clinical presentations and dilemmas that arise during treatment.Evidence suggests that Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can help AOD populations. This workshop explores DBT and its application to an AOD population to engage and retain clients.

Participants will advance their knowledge in specific principles and strategies relevant to DBT skills training and coaching with AOD populations, individual therapy, and managing communication and coaching outside of session (e.g. phone calls, emails, texts, etc.). Specific attention will be paid to AOD specific skills as well as dialectics, validation, and behaviour change (“Middle Path”).

The Australian DBT Institute has successfully delivered this training to various Alcohol and Other Drugs services throughout Australia including Caraniche and Manly Drug Education & Counselling Service.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Become familiar with existing DBT research for AOD populations
  • Identify the theory, principles, functions, and modes of comprehensive DBT and explore how they apply to AOD populations
  • Introduce the biosocial theory to AOD populations
  • Employ DBT commitment strategies
  • Target problematic behaviours
  • Explore AOD adapted DBT Skills
  • The roles of individual therapy and skills training when working with AOD populations

Course Prerequisites: 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

  • Become familiar with existing DBT research for suicidal multi-problem adults and adolescents
  • Identify the theory, principles, functions, and modes of comprehensive DBT and explore how they apply to working with adolescents and families
  • Introduce the biosocial theory
  • Employ DBT commitment strategies with adolescents
  • Target problematic behaviours
  • Involve families in DBT.

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!

Duration

1 Day Workshop (9.00am – 4.00pm)

Dates & Locations

26oct9:00 am- 4:00 pmWorking with AOD Populations using Dialectical Behaviour TherapyMelbourne Workshop

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