Orientation starts 19th October 2024

2025 DBT Practitioner Training (Brisbane)

This twelve month program explores all the components of a DBT Informed approach. Completion of this program meets the education component of credentialing in DBT.
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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

An evidence based approach developed by Professor Marsha Linehan from the USA.

Ongoing Access

Participants of this course have ongoing access to all materials provided through this DBT Workshops portal.


A certificate of completion is available this DBT Workshops Course in the final section of this program.


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Level 4 Workshop: DBT Practitioner Training (Brisbane)

  • 80+ CPD Hours
  • Commitment in DBT
  • Skills Training in DBT
  • DBT Individual Therapy
  • Develop your DBT Informed Approach

Times & Dates

Online from 19th October 2024 
In-person Sessions: 21st October 2024, 24th February 2025, 23rd June 2025, and 13th October 2025
In-person sessions are facilitated from the Riverside Hotel in Southbank Brisbane in Queensland.

Who should I take this course?

This course is suitable for mental health professionals seeking to obtain an in-depth knowledge of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and it's application in various mental health settings. 

Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychiatrists have all found this training useful!
Delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) effectively in an outpatient setting involves a combination of knowledge, skills, and adherence to a structured treatment model.

Below is an overview of what’s covered in this program preparing practitioners for the delivery of the recommended outpatient DBT model, which includes individual treatment sessions and DBT Skills Training Classes:

Obtain Specific DBT Knowledge:

  1. Understanding of DBT Framework: Familiarity with the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, including its roots in behavioural therapy, mindfulness practices, and dialectics.

  2. Target Populations: Knowledge of which populations DBT is typically used for, such as individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but also for other conditions like mood disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.

  3. Modes of Treatment: Awareness of the four modes of DBT treatment:

    • Individual Therapy: One-on-one sessions focusing on achieving therapeutic goals.
    • DBT Skills Training: Group sessions teaching specific skills in areas like mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
    • Phone Coaching: Providing clients with skills coaching outside of scheduled sessions.
    • Consultation Team: Regular meetings among DBT therapists to support one another in delivering effective treatment.
  4. Assessment Tools: Knowledge of assessment tools and measures used to evaluate progress and outcomes in DBT, such as the Diary Card and other self-report measures.

  5. Ethical Guidelines: Understanding of ethical considerations in delivering DBT, particularly in terms of boundaries, confidentiality, and informed consent.

Obtain DBT Strategies:

  1. Behavioural Analysis: Ability to conduct functional behavioural analysis to understand the antecedents and consequences of maladaptive behaviours.

  2. Individual Therapy Skills:

    • Structuring sessions effectively to balance validation and change-oriented strategies.
    • Application of behavioural techniques and cognitive restructuring.
    • Coaching clients on applying skills learned in DBT Skills Training.
  3. Group Facilitation Skills:

    • Planning and leading DBT Skills Training Classes.
    • Managing group dynamics and promoting a supportive learning environment.
    • Teaching mindfulness practices and behavioural skills effectively.
  4. Mindfulness Training: Competency in teaching mindfulness techniques and practices to enhance emotional awareness and regulation.

  5. Crisis Management: Skills in managing crises and suicidal ideation using DBT-specific strategies like chain analysis and safety planning.

  6. Collaboration and Consultation: Ability to collaborate with other healthcare providers involved in the client’s care and participate in DBT consultation team meetings.

Implementation of Outpatient DBT Model:

  1. Treatment Planning: Collaboratively developing treatment plans with clients, setting specific goals, and outlining strategies for achieving them.

  2. Session Structure: Following the structured session format in individual therapy and DBT Skills Training Classes, including review of diary cards, teaching new skills, and assigning homework.

  3. Skills Training: Systematically teaching and reinforcing DBT skills across modules (mindfulness, middle path skills, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness).

  4. Phone Coaching: Providing skills coaching between sessions to help clients generalise and apply skills in real-life situations.

  5. Measurement and Evaluation: Regularly assessing progress using outcome measures and adjusting treatment strategies as needed.

  6. Adherence to Protocols: Adhering to DBT protocols and guidelines as established by treatment manuals and ongoing research.

Learning, Development and Improvement:

  1. Supervision and Consultation: Participating in 12 months of supervision/consultation to enhance skills and ensure fidelity to the DBT model.

  2. Professional Development: 12 months of continuing education in DBT and related therapeutic modalities to stay current with best practices.

  3. Feedback and Adaptation: Supporting feedback from clients and colleagues to continuously improve delivery of DBT services.

By combining this knowledge base with practical skills and a structured approach, clinicians can expect to be effectively delivering the recommended outpatient DBT model, supporting clients in developing skills for managing emotions, relationships, and challenging life situations.

Included in DBT Practitioner Training

Our facilitators have extensive experience in running DBT and DBT informed programs and will facilitate this workshop in a lecture-style with some interactive discussions to ensure knowledge of practice-based implementations of DBT.

  • Online DBT Practitioner Training Resources are provided through our online portal at dbtworkshops.com. Content is released weekly to participants to support their implementation of a DBT Informed approach. An initial orientation session is held on the 19th October 2024 to orientate participants to the online content within this program.
  • Intensive Workshops in Person at the Riverside Hotel in Southbank Queensland
    • Phase One Session One: Clarification before implementation (Monday, 21st October 2024)
    • Phase Two Session Two: Implementation Practical (Monday, 24th February 2025)
    • Phase Three Session Three: Implementation Practical (Monday 23rd March 2025)
    • Phase Three Session Four: Review and Extension Session (Monday, 13th October 2025)
  • 11 x Zoom Supervision and Practice Implementation Support (60-90 minutes duration)
    • Thursday, November 14th 2024 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, December 12th 2024 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, January 23rd 2025 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, February 20th 2025 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, March 20th 2025 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, April 24th 2025 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, May 22nd 2025 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, June 19th 2025 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, July 17th 2025 @ 6pm
    • Tuesday, August 14th 2025 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, September 18th 2025 @ 6pm
  • Individual Supervision Sessions each participant of the DBT Practitioner's Training Program has access to 2 x 30 minute individual supervision sessions to clarify individual practice and application of DBT. These sessions take place in January 2025 and June 2025.
  • Access to Program Delivery opportunities at the Australian DBT Institute which includes FREE access to our DBT Assist teaching platform
  • Credentialing of Clinicians in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) after a 12-month implementation of DBT (if you are a first-time DBT user you will need to complete this requirement before being able to be credentialed in DBT)
Level 4 Practitioner Training in DBT

Three Phase Approach to Practitioner Training

Phase 1: Foundational Training 

  • Access to the Online Training Package and orientation session on Saturday 19th October 2024
  • Intensive Workshop in Person at at the Riverside Hotel in Southbank Queensland
    • One-day face-to-face session to clarify content and support setting up your DBT or DBT Informed approach (Monday, 21st October 2024)
  • 3 x Zoom Supervision and Practice Implementation Support (60-90 minutes duration)
    • Thursday, November 14th 2024 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, December 12th 2024 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, January 23rd 2025 @ 6pm
  • Foundational training content in DBT focuses on the overall application of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy geared toward all participants having an understanding of, commitment to and benefits Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can have for your clients. This phase of the course will consolidate clinicians’ DBT knowledge and offers a skills-based non‐judgemental approach to the management of clients with Emotion Regulation difficulties including individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder as well as 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 this phase we will go through all the structures, components, and resources required to run a successful DBT or DBT Informed program.
  • Learn how to modify a DBT approach to your workplace

Phase 2: Implementation of a DBT Informed Approach

  • Intensive Workshops in Person at at the Riverside Hotel in Southbank Queensland
    • Phase Two Session Two: Implementation Practical (Monday, 24th February 2025)
    • Phase Three Session Three: Implementation Practical (Monday, 23rd June 2025)
  • 8 x Zoom Supervision and Practice Implementation Support (60-90 minutes duration)
    • Thursday, February 20th 2025 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, March 20th 2025 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, April 24th 2025 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, May 22nd 2025 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, June 19th 2025 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, July 17th 2025 @ 6pm
    • Tuesday, August 14th 2025 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, September 18th 2025 @ 6pm
  • 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 2 weeks following initial training to ensure a full cycle is completed before the Phase 3 session.
    Support includes:
    • Access to the Australian DBT Institute’s online resource center 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 online with the Australian DBT Institute online
    • 8 x Zoom meetings listed above
    • 2 x Intensive in-person workshops
    • 2 x 30 minute supervision sessions
  • As part of the implementation phase, each team or group of individuals is given two tasks.
    1. Develop a clinical presentation of a client’s management using DBT
    2. Develop a presentation regarding the development and implementation of your DBT program/DBT-informed practice.

    An outline of the tasks is provided during Phase 2 of this program.

Phase 3:  Evaluation & Program Extension

  • Approach evaluation & extension Workshop in-person (at at the Riverside Hotel in Southbank Queensland) on Monday, 13th October 2025.
  • 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 their 6 months of treatment)
  • Advanced topics as requested by the group
  • Clinical Case Supervision

Certificate of Completion provided for all workshops

  • Who should attend?

    This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals seeking to obtain foundational knowledge of DBT. Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!
  • Why choose the ADBTI?

    Our approach has been formalised through partnerships and mentoring with Marsha Linehan’s (developer of DBT) training organisation Behavioral Tech LLC between 2003-08, Babette Rothschild (developer of Somatic Trauma Therapy) between 2015-18 & Thomas Lynch's (developer of RO DBT) training organisation Radically Open Ltd since 2022.

    • We have been developing clinicians in DBT since 2004
    • Over 17,000 clinicians have attended our workshops
    • Our educators still use DBT and RO DBT in their clinical practice
    • We have developed a range of DBT Informed approaches including DBT-TI, DBT-C and ACDC Skills approach
    • We have provided training throughout Australia, NZ, UK, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa
    • We are passionate educators who are passionate about supporting clinicians utilise DBT & RO DBT approaches

Frequently asked questions

Can I get a discounted rate?

We have kept an eye on the Australian and international market for continuing professional development and have priced our workshops below that of many competitors. We currently do not receive government funding to deliver our workshops.

The most cost-effective way to register for one of Australian DBT Institute’s workshops is to do so early. The dates and prices for our workshops are non-negotiable. Student places and groups of 5 or more are only offered at the early bird rate until two weeks before each workshop.

  • Very Early Registrations (before 1st September 2024) $2,300
  • Early Registrations (before 1st October 2024) $2,800
  • General Registrations (after 1st October 2024) $3,300

How do I get access to the workshop resources?

We have been delivering workshops since 2004 and have trialed a range of approaches including printing materials and providing them electronically to support all attendees’ development. To keep our prices low and avoid printing extensive resources, our service provides online access to all materials from this workshop via the DBT Workshops portal.

If not having a printout of workshop resources prior to the workshop impacts your capacity to participate in this workshop, please contact our admin team at admin@dbtinstitute.com.au and they will send you a pdf version of the slides (no cost). Alternately, a workshop manual can be printed by our team and sent to you at the cost of $15 (includes postage).

Do you provide lunch?

No, we do not provide lunch for participants attending our workshops and courses. We do however arrange tea, coffee, and water from the beginning of each full-day workshop until the lunch break. Some locations also offer morning tea at an affordable rate so do offer morning tea at times.
Participants are given the option of a longer lunch or to order lunch at the morning tea break from local establishments and have their meal delivered to the training room.

Can I receive a certificate of attendance?

We provide an electronic certificate to all participants of our workshops. Certificates can be downloaded from this website and if you ever need to print them again you can do so from your DBT Workshops account.

Can I claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points/Hours?

Each year the Australian DBT Institute provides CPD opportunities to over 1,000 mental health professionals who claim their education with Australian DBT Institute as CPD hours. All mental health professionals attending our CPD opportunities are eligible to claim CPD hours if the course/workshop/retreat is relevant to their work as mental health or counselling professionals. There is legislation and AHPRA acknowledgement of this very statement.

To record a professional development activity towards your CPD hours, members of mental health professional and counselling bodies are required to ensure the activity is relevant to them and is consistent with the categories defined in your particular professional body’s CPD Policy.

Health practitioners registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency must undertake continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD requirements of each National Board are detailed in the Registration Standards for each profession, published on each Board’s website (see below links for AHPRA CPD Statements). For professions not registered under AHPRA, their associations have professional development requirements.

Australian DBT Institute and our affiliates no longer seek the external endorsement of mental health professionals and counselling bodies due to AHPRA’s acknowledgement that when activities are relevant to your clinical practice they do not require such endorsement. Members of all mental health professional and counselling registration bodies can still accrue CPD hours by participating in activities of the Australian DBT Institute. Your CPD activity must be determined to be relevant to your individual professional requirements. 
All AustralianDBT Institute programs have been developed by qualified mental health professionals who are currently practising in their professional area, hold post-graduate qualifications, and are peer-reviewed. If Australian DBT Institute courses are relevant to your practice as a mental health professional then our courses meet the requirements of mental health professional and counselling registration bodies as outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner legislation.
Please check with your professional leader or registered professional organisation for recommendations using the following link to AHPRA - https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Continuing-Professional-Development.aspx
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Safe Trauma Therapy Approaches

Australian DBT Institute Faculty

Patrick Jones - Course author

Dr. Peter L. King

Ph.D. in Social Work and Credentialed Mental Health Nurse
Dr. King is an experienced educator and clinician with over 25 years of experiences in various public, community and private mental health settings. Since 1993, he has worked in Mental Health Nursing, Social Work, DBT Programs, Psychotherapy, and as a Senior Executive in the health care and not-for-profit sector. Peter has consolidated this experience both in Australia and the USA through mentoring & intensive training with Professor Marsha Linehan’s company Behavioral Tech LLC, mentoring with the Babette Rothschild the creator of Somatic Trauma Therapy, mentoring & intensive training with Professor Thomas Lynch company Radically Open Ltd and through leading clinical research and completing his Ph.D. in the School of Social Work at RMIT University.