What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan PhD at the University of Washington, and is a type of psychotherapy (sometimes called “talking therapy”) for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT is also a cognitive behavioural therapy, meaning it is a therapy that focuses on the role of cognition (e.g., thoughts and beliefs) and behaviours (e.g., actions) in the development and the treatment of BPD. DBT includes some changes to the traditional cognitive behavioural elements of therapy in order to help specifically to reduce the symptoms of BPD.
Research Support for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT was the first psychotherapy shown to be effective in treating BPD in controlled clinical trials - the most rigorous type of clinical research. While DBT is no longer the only therapy to have shown effectiveness in controlled trials, it has grown a large evidence base and is considered one of the best treatments for BPD in terms of documented success rates.
Theoretical Basis for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT is based on Dr. Linehan’s theory that the core problem in BPD is emotion dysregulation, resulting from mixing biology (e.g., genetic and other biological risk factors) and an emotionally unstable childhood environment (e.g., where caregivers punish, trivialise or respond erractically to the child’s expression of emotion) together. The focus of DBT is in helping the client learn and apply skills that will decrease emotion dysregulation and unhealthy attempts to cope with strong emotions.
What to Expect in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Training
Usually, DBT includes a combination of group skills training, individual psychotherapy and phone coaching, although there are exceptions. Patients in DBT are asked to monitor their symptoms and use learned skills daily, while their progress is tracked throughout therapy.
There are four main types of skills that are covered in DBT skills training including:
These skills centre on learning to observe, describe and participate in all experiences (including thoughts, sensations, emotions and things happening externally in the environment) without judging these experiences as “good” or “bad”. These are considered “core” skills that are necessary in order to implement the other DBT skills successfully.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
The focus of this skill module is on learning to successfully assert your need and to manage conflict in relationships.
Emotion Regulation Skills
In this module, patients learn to identify and manage emotional reactions.
Distress Tolerance Skills
The distress tolerance skills module promotes learning ways to accept and tolerate distress without doing anything that will make the distress worse in the long run (e.g., engaging in self-harm).
DBT 1 focuses on the rudiments and model. DBT 2 concentrates on individual counselling . Both are indispensable.
Your Speaker: Dr. Peter King
Peter has over 20 years of clinical experience and is the Executive Director at the Centre for Mental Health Education, owns the Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre in Highett, Australia and holds an appointment as Adjunct Lecturer with Griffith University. Since 1993, Peter has worked as a Psychotherapist, DBT therapist, mental health nurse, and senior executive in the health care and not-for-profit sector. Peter has consolidated this experience both in Australia, the UK and the USA through mentoring with Babette Rothschild and early in his career, with Marsh Linehan's company - Behavioral Tech LLC. Peter has also been active in research and post-graduate study in the mental health field, including contracted by organisations throughout Australia and continues to be so in the application and delivery of quality mental health and educational services.
Who should attend:
Counsellors, Allied Educators, Therapists, Religious Organizations, Social Workers, Educators, Psychologists, Special Needs Educators, Palliative Care Personnel
Location of Courses:
Villlage Hotel Katong (enter by hotel lobby)
25 Marine Parade Road S 449536 (enter by Marine Parade Road to Carpark)
Closest MRT is Paya Lebar MRT (Take bus 197 from Tanjong Katong Complex)
Other buses: 36, 196, 966, 15, 31, 76 (alight at bus stop opposite Parkway Parade)
Tel: 98200904. Mr Andrew
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