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Foundations in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

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Mental health professionals yet to complete foundational training in DBT are most suited to this workshop..

The Foundations in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) workshop explores the essential components of DBT. DBT is an evidence-based approach, developed by Marsha Linehan PhD at the University of Washington, and is considered a type of psychotherapy (sometimes called “talking therapy”) originally developed to treat individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT is a cognitive behavioural therapy, meaning it is a therapy that focuses on the role of cognition (e.g., thoughts and beliefs) and behaviours (e.g., actions) in the development and the treatment of BPD and extreme emotion dysregulation. DBT includes some changes to the traditional cognitive behavioural elements of therapy in order to help specifically reduce the symptoms of BPD and extreme emotion dysregulation.

Workshop Content

During the Foundations in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) workshop, participants can expect to develop a level of knowledge where they will have an overall understanding of DBT, management of emotion dysregulation, and be able to observe the key principles of DBT. Participants will also be expected to gain an understanding of the standard content and processes of DBT.

  • Introducing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to clients.
  • Explaining the biosocial theory behind DBT.
  • Teaching the middle path skills of dialectics, behavioural change, and validation.
  • Structure treatment according to the level of severity and prioritise treatment targets.
  • Orientating to emotion dysregulation.
  • Enhance motivation and commitment to treatment goals.
  • Coach clients through obstacles that arise during treatment.
  • Explore the structure of both a DBT and DBT informed approach.
  • Understanding of the role of commitment, skills group, individual therapy, phone coaching and consultation team.

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.

Workshop's target audience

This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals seeking to obtain foundational knowledge of DBT. 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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 CMHE’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.

  • Pre-December Early Bird Registration $195 incl. GST (35% Discount)
  • Early Registrations $240 incl. GST (20% discount until 2 weeks before the workshop)
  • Last-Minute Registrations $299 incl. GST (Full price within 2 weeks of the workshop)

We have been delivering workshops since 1999 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 our CMHE Academy website.

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).

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.

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

Each year the Centre for Mental Health Education provides CPD opportunities to over 1,000 mental health professionals who claim their education with CMHE 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.

Centre for Mental Health Education (CMHE) 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 Centre for Mental Health Education. Your CPD activity must be determined to be relevant to your individual professional requirements. 

All CMHE 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 CMHE 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.

AHPRA CPD Statements

Non-government Associations & Professional Bodies CPD Statements

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220512-GC-FOUND
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