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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

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.

Getting unstuck

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.

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

“With an engaging and light touch training style, Dr Fiona Kennedy manages to convey a detailed explanation of this important therapeutic approach in just one day. Dr Kennedy clearly knows both her material and how to convey it. Great course, highly recommended.”
Julie Sale, Director, Local Counselling Centre, Bedfordshire

Early Bird Price: £140 + VAT (£168) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £160 + VAT (£192).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 6 CPD training hours on the day.

Course Outline:


IMPORTANT! Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!) and plan your travel arrangements in such way that you can be present until 4.30 PM every day of the course.
Otherwise you might not be entitles to the CPD hours allocated to this course.
We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 4.30 PM strictly).
Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

Course Leader:

Dr. Fiona C. Kennedy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Fiona Kennedy has a vast clinical experience in mental health (from anxiety through eating disorders and PTSD, to psychosis and personality disorders) and learning disability fields. Fiona’s main orientation for many years has been Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She was a Board Member/Trustee for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). She has extensive experience of teaching and presenting, giving regular input to doctoral training programmes and teaching other professionals. Amongst many other research projects she has studied dissociation after trauma that led to a new theoretical model and scale, as well as innovative new treatments. The creation of an effective treatment service for self-harming, suicidal, ‘revolving door’ inpatients was quoted as an example of national excellence by the governments’ National Audit Office in its House of Commons report ‘Safer Patient Services’ 2005. She has presented her research at many national and international conferences and received an award for clinical excellence from BUPA. With her deep knowledge of the subject and outstanding leadership qualities Dr Fiona Kennedy is a truly inspirational tutor.

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