Monday 16th September 2024

Youth Adaptions in DBT (Melbourne Workshop)

This one day program explores youth adaptions in DBT including commitment, individual therapy & skills training 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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Included in this webinar program is FREE access to the

Foundations in DBT Webinar

Level 2 Workshop: Youth Adaptions in  DBT

  • 7 CPD Hours
  • Commitment in DBT
  • Skills Training in DBT
  • DBT Individual Therapy
  • Adapting DBT

Times & Dates

Monday 16th September 2024
Zoom Room Open: 8.50am
Program Commences: 9.00am
Program Concludes: 4pm

Zoom Address to be provided one week before Zoom Session!

Level 2 Workshop

DBT Youth Adaption

Level 2 Workshop

DBT Youth Adaption

Level 2 Workshop

DBT Youth Adaption

Professionals working with suicidal adolescents with multiple problems are often challenged by complex clinical presentations and the many dilemmas that arise during treatment.

Evidence suggests that Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can help suicidal adolescents and their families. This webinar explores DBT and its application to an adolescent population to engage and retain clients.

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

Content Covered
  • Become familiar with existing DBT research for suicidal multi-problem young 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.

DBT Strategies Explored in this Workshop

Our facilitators have extensive experience in running Youth 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. When implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with youth, several adaptations are typically made to account for their developmental stage, unique needs, and family involvement.

Here are some common adaptations for youth in DBT:
  • Skill Development: DBT skills are often adapted to be more developmentally appropriate for youth. This may involve simplifying language, using concrete examples, and incorporating activities that are engaging and relevant to their lives. Skills training groups also include more hands-on exercises and interactive components.
  • Key supports in the young person's environment: In working with youth, family or a significant support person's involvement is crucial. DBT for youth often includes a family component where parents or supporters are actively involved in treatment. This can include family therapy sessions, parent skills training groups, and regular communication between the therapist and parents/caregivers to support skill generalisation and implementation at home. Providing a young person's support network with coaching on how to effectively support their young person's progress in applying DBT skills in everyday life can be invaluable. This may involve teaching supporters specific strategies for validation, problem-solving, and communication.
  • 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 in DBT in general behaviouralism refers to a fundamental component that focuses on understanding and challenging maladaptive behaviours related to under controlled coping. This aspect of DBT draws heavily from the principles of behaviouralism, which emphasises that behaviour is learned and can be modified through reinforcement and conditioning.
  • Flexible and adapted approaches: It's important for therapists working with youth to be flexible and adaptable in their approach. Youth may require different interventions or adjustments based on their individual needs, preferences, and developmental stage. Also, incorporating creative and expressive activities, such as art therapy, music therapy, or drama therapy, can be beneficial for engaging youth in treatment and providing alternative ways to explore and express emotions.

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to modify a DBT approach for youth
  • Teaching DBT Skills including the Middle Path Skills (structure, homework and facilitation of skills training)
  • Identify a young person's individual needs, preferences and developmental stage 
  • Learn how to coach youth through obstacles that arise during treatment ensuring a DBT informed treatment structure according to the level of severity whilst always prioritising treatment targets.
  • Learn how to enhance motivation and commitment to treatment goals.
  • Learn how to modify a DBT approach for youth

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.