DBT™ Fundamentals: Introduction to Effective Strategies for Working with Clients Living with BPD and Emotion Regulation Difficulties (2 Days)


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a research-supported treatment, which combines a wide range of behavioural methods and skills with mindfulness principles and practices. This therapy was designed to address problems in regulating overwhelming emotions, and impulsive and risky behaviours, such as self-harm. It has been applied in treating conditions such as borderline personality disorder, also known as emotion regulation disorder, eating disorders, trauma and substance abuse. DBT brings together a series of powerful behavioural techniques for therapists and skills for clients in the areas of distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.


This highly practical training is relevant to therapists and other qualified and trainee professionals who want to increase their effectiveness in working with complex clients, familiarise themselves with the DBT model and add some of the DBT skills to their therapeutic repertoire. It can also be a useful introduction for those who intend to embark on the journey to practicing as DBT therapists at a later stage. The professional backgrounds of people attending our courses include: psychotherapists, (school) counsellors, psychologists, mental health nurses and other ward staff, psychiatrists, social and youth workers, occupational therapists, probation officers and others.


This engaging training aims to enable clinicians to gain a greater understanding and/or further their existing approaches to dealing with clients who primarily present with personality difficulties and might engage in risky and self-harming behaviours. Following this highly practical course they will be able to impart the newly acquired knowledge (in groups or 1:1 settings) and help patients regulate their emotions, tolerate distress and manage interpersonal situations more effectively. Finally, participants will be able to provide psycho-education, establish their own limits and signpost people to other pathways when appropriate. Participants are expected to complete practice exercises prior to the training and will be given small homework tasks between day 1 and day 2 of the course.


Day 1: Linehan’s biosocial model of borderline personality/emotion regulation disorder; Implications of invalidating environments in childhood; How to create validating environments; Exercises in creating validating responses to clients; Core mindfulness skills

Day 2: How to support clients in tolerating intense distress; Why regulate emotions and how; Analysing problematic behaviours and problem solving; Interpersonal effectiveness skills


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Please contact us discuss the needs of your team and the fees.