Thursday 8th August 2024

DBT Informed Stabilisation (Melbourne Workshop)

This one day program explores the adaptions in DBT for stabilising clients when distressed including exploration of the ACDC Skills!
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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.


All materials are copyrighted. When using the materials provided please acknowledge each author!
Included in this blended learning program is FREE access to the

Foundations in DBT Webinar

Level 2 Workshop: DBT Informed Stabilisation

  • 7 CPD Hours
  • Treatment Targets
  • Crisis Planning
  • Resource Identification
  • Contingency Management

Times & Dates

Thursday 8th August 2024
Venue Open: 8.30am
Program Commences: 9.00am
Program Concludes: 4pm

Venue: Inclusion Melbourne

67 Sutherland Rd, Armadale VIC 3143


Level 2 Workshop

Stabilisation Approach

Level 2 Workshop

Stabilisation Approach

Level 2 Workshop

Stabilisation Approach

Many individuals encounter discomforting situations throughout their lives, ranging from mundane inconveniences such as being stuck in traffic or discovering a depleted coffee supply when craving a morning brew, to more profound sources of distress such as the dissolution of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, sudden unemployment, or exposure to traumatic events.

Among these individuals, those with maladaptive under-controlled coping mechanisms often exhibit heightened sensitivity to such challenges. Indeed, they may experience an overwhelming internal anguish seemingly disconnected from external circumstances.In the absence of learned strategies for effectively managing distress, individuals with maladaptive under-controlled coping tendencies may resort to detrimental behaviours such as self-harm or impulsive actions in pursuit of immediate relief. However, these coping mechanisms invariably exacerbate their suffering over time, rather than offering sustainable solutions.

Dialectical behaviour therapy—or DBT—is a form of therapy created specifically for individuals with maladaptive under controlled coping. DBT Skills are taught in four modules, including distress tolerance. This workshop explores a DBT informed approach that offers mental health professionals and support workers with a set of resources to support individuals in crisis to reduce impulsive and maladaptive under-controlled responses to stress and overwhelm when in crisis.

This workshop provides participants with:
  • clinical resources for stabilisation including the ACDC skills (see below)
  • an overview of how to adapt DBT's chain analysis when an individual is in crisis
  • demonstration of putting on the breaks in therapy
  • an overview of ANS stabilisation
  • strategies for stability inside and outside of therapy
  • exploration of common therapy interfering behaviours that destroy therapy
  • development of a crisis management plan that meets Australian Health Care Standards of Care

DBT Informed Strategies in this Workshop

Our facilitators have extensive experience in running trauma informed, 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 informed approaches. 

Below is an overview of this DBT Informed approach:
  • DBT Informed Stabilisation Approach: A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)-informed stabilisation approach is a therapeutic method that integrates principles and techniques from DBT into the early stages of treatment, particularly during the de-escalation and containment phase or crisis phase of treatment. DBT, developed by Marsha Linehan, is a type of behavioural therapy originally designed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but has since been adapted for various maladaptive under control presentations, including Bipolar, Binge or Binge-purge eating disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related conditions.
  • Phase Based Approach: At the Australian DBT Institute we have adapted this approach to ensure that this approach adopts a trauma informed lens. Stages of treatment are replaced by a phase based approach. A phase-based approach is a structured framework that guides the therapeutic process through distinct stages or phases, each addressing different aspects of trauma recovery. This approach recognises that individuals affected by trauma often require specialised intervention tailored to their unique needs and readiness to engage in treatment. By dividing the therapeutic process into distinct phases, a phase-based approach in trauma therapy allows for a gradual and systematic progression towards healing while ensuring that interventions are appropriately tailored to the individual's readiness and capacity for engagement. This approach acknowledges the complexity of trauma and aims to provide comprehensive support across the various stages of recovery.
  • Validation: This workshop 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’s 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
  • Behaviouralism: This workshop and a stabilisation approach in general uses a behavioural approach as a fundamental component that focuses on understanding and challenging maladaptive behaviours related to under controlled coping. This approach heavily from the principles of behaviouralism, which emphasises that behaviour is learned and can be modified through reinforcement and conditioning rather than a concentration on cognitive modification and exposure based techniques.
  • Focus on Psychological Health: Psychological health encompasses various factors that contribute to overall well-being and functioning in the realm of mental and emotional states. This workshop explores several essential elements are crucial for fostering psychological health including:
    • Emotional Regulation
    • Resilience
    • Self-awareness
    • Healthy Connections
    • Meaning and Purpose
    • Self-care
    • Coping Skills
    • Adaptability
Developed by Dr. Peter L. King

This one day program explores the ACDC Skills for Stabilisation!

  • An approach focused on increasing stability for participants.
  • A DBT Adapted approach which is an evidence based treatment for people who have difficulty controlling emotions and behaviours.
  • An approach that reduces distress by having your client use existing resources and strategies.
  • A Crisis Intervention approach that can be used when in crisis and helps individuals manage a crisis fast!

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Learn how a DBT Informed approach stabilises individuals with maladaptive under control
  • Learn to integrate ACDC skills for deescalation and containment
  • Gain an understanding of a phase based approach
  • Learn how to coach individuals through obstacles that arise during treatment ensuring a DBT informed treatment structure according to the level of severity whilst always prioritising treatment targets.
  • Learn to connect individual treatment goals with psychological health encompassing various factors that contribute to overall well-being and functioning.
  • Learn how to develop a crisis management plan and crisis card for individuals with maladaptive under control coping.

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.

  • January Early Bird Registration $249 incl. GST (23% Discount)
  • Early Registrations $299 incl. GST (15% discount until 6 weeks before the workshop)
  • Last-Minute Registrations $350 incl. GST (Full price within 6 weeks of the workshop)

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.