Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills training for mental-health clinicians.

This 3 day training covers all that you will need to know in order to run a DBT skills group (DBT individual therapy is not covered in this course).
Through role plays, case studies and mindfulness exercises, participants practice facilitating a DBT skills group in a supportive environment, so that they leave equipped and confident to use the skills with their clients / patients. DBT, developed by Marsha Linehan, is the most effective treatment for behavioural problems that result from emotional dysregulation. It is the gold-standard of treatment for people suffering from borderline personality disorder, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and addictions.

The skills are divided into four modules:

Mindfulness is all about the quality of our attention: intentionally concentrating to be “present” in there here and-now, without judgement. You learn the six core mindfulness skills and are introduced to the biosocial theory.

Interpersonal effectiveness
In this module we use the DBT skills to help clients to set healthy limits in relationships and to ask for things, all the while maintaining their relationship with others and enhancing self-respect.

Emotion regulation
We help clients to understand why they have emotions, how to have more positive / less negative emotional states and to overcome emotional barriers to effective behaviour.

Distress Tolerance
Healthy coping skills, such as distraction techniques, are taught to help clients safely navigate crisis situations. Acceptance skills are taught to help clients reconcile with sources of distress that they cannot change, such as grief, for example.

We cover how to run a DBT skills group:

  • The roles of the group facilitators
  • How to manage challenging behaviours that occur within group
  • Selecting and orientating clients to group
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