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DBT Comprehensive 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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2024 Brisbane DBT Comprehensive Training Program

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Level 3 Workshop: Comprehensive Training in DBT

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

Times & Dates

Starts 16th February 2024
Venue Open: 8.45am
Program Commences: 9.00am
Program Concludes: 4pm

Venue: Riverside Hotel Southbank QLD

20 Montague Rd, South Brisbane QLD 4101


Level 3 Workshop

DBT Comprehensive

Level 3 Workshop

DBT Comprehensive

Level 3 Workshop

DBT Comprehensive

This course has been developed for individual clinicians as well as teams over three phases during a twelve month period. Phase One: Foundational Training. Phase Two: Implementation of a DBT or DBT Informed Approach. Phase Three: Evaluation and Extension.
The course aims to build on 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.

Course Prerequisites
  • Participants are expected to be working with individuals with BPD/emotion dysregulation and looking to run a DBT-informed program/activity and implement DBT-informed practice into the existing clinical setting
  • 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.
  • 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 Foundations workshops.

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)
  • Adapting DBT for a DBT Informed Approach
  • Setting up your DBT Program

Who is most suited to this program?

This course is suitable for mental health professionals seeking to obtain a functional knowledge of DBT for use in clinical practice or to set up a DBT program. 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 have found this workshop applicable to their individual settings in the past. Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!

Included in this Training Program

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.

  • Equivalent of Three-Days Training Online (For individuals who have completed foundations, individual therapy and skills training workshops the initial 3 days of online training are not mandatory and recognition of prior learning through evidence of training is available)
  • Intensive Workshops in Person at the Riverside Hotel Southbank QLD
    • Phase One Session One: Clarification before implementation (Friday, 16th February 2024)
    • Phase Two Session Two: Implementation Practical (Friday, 14th June 2024)
    • Phase Three Session Three: Implementation Practical (Friday, 16th August 2024)
    • Phase Three Session Four: Review and Extension Session (Friday, 18th October 2024)
  • 5 x Zoom Supervision and Practice Implementation Support (60-90 minutes duration)
    • Thursday, 21st March 2024 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, 18th April 2024 @ 7pm
    • Wednesday, 15th May 2024 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, 18th July 2024 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, 19th September 2024 @ 7pm
  • 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)
  • Access to Program Delivery opportunities at the Australian DBT Institute which includes FREE access to our DBT Assist teaching platform

Phase 1: Foundation Training 

  • Essentials in DBT Training Online Training Package (equivalent to 3 Days CPD training hours)
  • Foundational training 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 the Riverside Hotel Southbank QLD
    • Phase Two Session Two: Implementation Practical (Friday, 14th June 2024)
    • Phase Three Session Three: Implementation Practical (Friday, 16th August 2024)
  • 5 x Zoom Supervision and Practice Implementation Support (60-90 minutes duration)
    • Thursday, 21st March 2024 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, 18th April 2024 @ 7pm
    • Wednesday, 15th May 2024 @ 6pm
    • Thursday, 18th July 2024 @ 7pm
    • Thursday, 19th September 2024 @ 7pm
  • 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
    • 5 x Zoom meetings listed above
    • 2 x Intensive in-person workshops
  • 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 the Riverside Hotel Southbank QLD on Friday, 18th October 2024
  • 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 Inastitute’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 November 2023) $1,499
  • Early Registrations (before 1st January 2024) $1,899
  • General Registrations (after 1st January 2024) $2,200

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 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 -
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.