This workshop has been specifically developed for mental health professionals seeking to implement a DBT or DBT informed approach as individual therapists, case managers and skills coaches seeking to identify ways of identifying skills most relevant to their individual clients.
This workshop will explore DBT that offers a skills-based non‐judgemental approach to the management of client’s with Extreme Emotion Dysregulation, Borderline Personality Disorder and/or 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.
- Commitment in DBT
- Setting up your DBT Individual Sessions
- Running a DBT Informed practice
- DBT Skills
- Individual Therapy
- Behavioural Chain Analysis
- Phone Coaching
- Management of Therapy Interfering Behaviours
- Middle Path (Behaviouralism, Dialectics & Validation)
DBT Strategies Discussed:
Stylistic strategies: How to reframe suicidal and other behaviours as part of the client’s learned ‘problem-solving’ repertoire. Participants will learn to balance active problem solving with validating the client’s current emotional state and behavioural responses. This session will teach you to blend a ‘matter‐of‐fact’, irreverent attitude towards current and previous dysfunctional behaviours with warmth, flexibility and responsiveness- ness to the client.
Attention to contingencies: Ways to influence behaviour. BPD individuals actively avoid threatening situations. This session will assist participants to expose the client in session and in vivo to fear eliciting stimuli. Participants will learn to arrange and encourage exposures.
Validation: This session 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
Format and organisation of sessions: Learn how to structure an Individual session and stay on task. Learn how to use diary cards to maximise the success of a session. Participants will learn to manage issues that come up in session in a timely manner and how to conduct chain analysis of problem behaviours.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Medical Practitioners
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners
- Mental Health OTs
- Mental Health Nurses
Non-government Associations & Professional Bodies CPD Statements
- Australian Association of Social Workers
- Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
- Australian Counselling Association
- Australian Psychological Society
- Occupational Therapy Australia
- Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
- Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)