What is DBT, who can use it and who is it for?
- DBT is a treatment package that was developed for BPD (Borderline Personality
Disorder), and has been adapted for many other problems including substance misuse,
suicidal teenagers, eating disorders and treatment resistant depression.
- DBT techniques can also be incorporated into your style of practice. Each technique is
a powerful therapeutic tool.
- If you are not a therapist but come into contact with people with personality problems
the day will give you new ways of working.
The day will cover:
An outline of DBT: What is DBT? What does DBT have to do with Zen? How effective is
DBT? The stages and structure of DBT
Engaging Clients in Treatment
Especially useful for clients who are ambivalent towards change, DBT offers strategies
to increase commitment to the therapeutic process, prevent drop outs, and maximise
collaboration and effectiveness.
Building Acceptance, Alliance and Trust
How to a start with a therapist stance of acceptance. How to guide clients towards
accepting themselves and their problems.
- Mindfulness: living non-judgmentally in the present with your problems
- Validation: your behaviour makes sense in its context
Participants will experience taster sessions of how to use mindfulness and validation to
build acceptance, alliance and trust.
Focusing on Change with DBT
DBT targets specific behaviours that need to change, helping therapists and clients to
prioritise problems and focus their sessions:
Making a treatment hierarchy, prioritising problems. Structuring a DBT session. Behaviour
analysis, what is the target behaviour? Problem solving, finding solutions
Teaching clients skills:
Teaching skills in groups. Coaching skills in one to one work. Coaching therapists
during supervision. Coaching clients in crisis: risk management.
Participants will have the chance to observe a role play of a typical DBT skills group.
DBT offers a special selection of strategies to help get through ‘stuckness’ in
relationships including the therapist-client relationship:
Lemons and lemonade. Metaphors. What is the sound of one hand clapping?
Participants are encouraged to bring their own cases or even their own bad habits to
use as material to demonstrate the DBT approach and will leave with a plan to apply
skills in their own practice.