2 Day Intensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Training

Facilitator: Megan Shiell

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Prof. Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.,at the University of Washington in the late 1970’s. She added acceptance, dialectics and validation strategies to cognitive-behavioural treatment for clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) who often presented with chronic patterns of suicidal or other severe dysfunctional behaviours and named the therapy Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). In her 2nd Edition ‘DBT Skills Training Manual 2015’ she has explained how useful DBT can be useful for many other client groups and has given examples of how DBT can be modified to assist these clients. She has also added a variety of new skills to the original modules for skills training.

It is not unusual for individuals diagnosed with BPD to also struggle with other problems — depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug addictions. It’s important to note that DBT is an “empirically-supported treatment” for BPD sufferers. DBT skills are extremely useful for people in assisting in the management of impulsive behaviours, mood changes, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression and concentrates on urges to use substances, food, gambling etc. to avoid or get rid of uncomfortable or intense emotions. DBT gives clients concrete skills and strategies to manage disruptive emotional experiences.

This 2 day Intensive “Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Training” is designed to assist practitioners gain knowledge of how to work with DBT as individual therapists and also as skills group trainers/facilitators. Training can be tailored to specific region’s needs and information on how to set up a DBT program including Therapists Consult groups is also included.

Megan has worked as a DBT Consultant for many years, developing many programs for health care organizations around Australia. She has trained around 500 Health Care Professionals in the last 2 years. Megan is a registered Art Therapist and she includes in the training one art exercise which is paired with one of the DBT Skills. (No artistic talent required) Megan likes to show participants of her trainings how creativity can be a useful tool alongside DBT Skills. She will also show clients images to describe how this non-verbal activity can assist in learning DBT Skills. The experience of making and having a visual reminder helps clients learn and remember DBT Skills.

$550 full rate. Early-bird rate of $495 if paid one month in advance (GST included).

This event counts as 14 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

09/02/2020 - 10/02/2020
9.00 am - 5.00 pm

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