Current Training Formats Offered By DBT Training Australia

Below is a list and description of the Behavioral Tech training formats that we can offer in Australia. Larger (and more expensive) options such as the Intensive and Foundational trainings are offered less frequently and can be prompted by a ‘cornerstone’ agency that wants to implement DBT across their services (please get in touch if your agency is interested).

Occasionally, we also host other DBT events including training from visiting DBT experts.  The easiest way to stay informed of all events is to sign-up for our email notices.

This page will be updated from time to time.

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Introduction to DBT

Duration: 2 days.

When to choose this training: Introduction to DBT covers the fundamentals of comprehensive DBT and introduces the full range of change and acceptance strategies. It covers some skills and how to teach them (but less than the Skills Essentials training). It does not include the set-up and running of skills groups. Choose this training if you want to learn about ‘full’ DBT and/or anticipate taking the treatment further such as one-day joining or starting a comprehensive DBT programme.

Who is it for: Anyone interested in an introduction to comprehensive DBT. Note it is assumed, but not required, that participants are registered mental health professionals.

Pre-requisites: None. However we recommend you have read the 1993 Core DBT text and the 2014 DBT Skills Training Manual prior to this event.

Training Description: This two-day workshop is an introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) intended for mental health professionals who wish to acquaint themselves with the treatment or who are considering further training in DBT. The training introduces change-based technology (behaviour therapy) with acceptance-based principles (validation), along with dialectical strategies that provide the balance of acceptance and change. It also highlights the frame of DBT and defines the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT. Methods of instruction include lecture, demonstration, and practice exercises to teach the principles and strategies of DBT.

This training is an update of the previous 2-day “Coping with Chaos” training.

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Skills Essentials

Duration: 2 days.

When to choose this training: Skills Essentials is a good 'get started' training for staff in a range of roles. It briefly covers the fundamentals of the treatment and focuses on the skills training component of DBT including setting up and running groups and introduces a number of skills and how to teach them. Choose this training if you want to get started quickly with a skills focus OR you have done a different training and want more depth on the nuance of skills training content, stylistics and groups.

Who is it for: Anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of DBT skills and skills training. Note it is assumed, but not required, that participants are registered mental health professionals.

Pre-requisites: None. However we recommend you have read the 2014 DBT Skills Training Manual prior to this event. Your learning will be greatly enhanced by owning a copy of this manual.

Training Description: This two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn how to plan, structure, and conduct DBT skills classes. This workshop also addresses the targets for skills training, as well as how to apply fundamental DBT strategies in skills training. Extensive teaching and use of clinical examples are used to illustrate specific skills training procedures, assignment and review of homework with clients, and troubleshooting common skills training obstacles. This course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn to teach DBT skills or to improve their teaching with clients. This training will include the original DBT skills as developed by Dr. Linehan, and will incorporate material from her recently published DBT® Skills Training Manual, Second Edition.

Training Objectives:

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

Foundational training

Duration: 5 days.

When to choose this training: Foundational training is for new members of Intensively trained DBT teams who want to get up to speed with the theory and practice of DBT. Choose this training if you have joined a DBT team that has been Intensively trained by DBT Training Australia, Behavioral Tech or its international affiliates.

Who is it for: new members of intensively trained teams.

Pre-requisites: You must be part of an existing team that has previously received DBT Intensive training. Participants should read the 1993 Core DBT text and the 2014 DBT Skills Training Manual prior to the event.

Training Description: This five-day training is designed specifically for individual therapists or skills trainers who are members of an intensively trained DBT team, but have not completed Intensive training themselves. It is meant to assist teams that have hired new staff or experienced turnover by allowing newer team members to get trained in the standard content of DBT. Lecture, video, role-play and small group exercises will be used to teach DBT theory and strategies in depth. Participants agree to attend the entire five days of training, do their best to learn the material, and participate in a willing, committed manner.

The training requires that participants work in an active DBT® program, participate in a consultation team, and will continue learning DBT with a mentor. Only people who have attended the full ten days of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intensive Training™ are able to serve as mentors and sponsor team members to a Foundational Training.

Training Objectives:

Intensive training

Duration: 10 days (in two block of 5 days, each 6 months apart) with a series of assignments and consultation support between the 2 blocks.

When to choose this training: Intensive DBT training is the ideal training for a team who wish to establish a comprehensive DBT programme. Comprehensive DBT involves providing all the modes of DBT: individual therapy, skills training, phone consultation and consultation team. This training includes teaching and practice regarding the wide range of core DBT theory and strategies. The first week is a heavy dose of teaching and practice. The 6-month period between weeks focuses on implementation in your organization. The final week reviews your efforts with consultation, problem solving and extended teaching. Choose this training is you are serious about establishing a DBT programme for people with multiple complex and risky problems.

Who is it for: The Intensive Training Course is designed to provide the training and consultation needed to build an effective treatment programme. DBT is a treatment that requires an ongoing consultation team. Therefore, the training is only open to teams consisting of 4-8 people. Individuals and teams of less than four will not be accepted. Each team member is expected to attend the entire 10 days.

Pre-requisites: All team members should have read the 1993 Core DBT text and the 2014 DBT Skills Training Manual prior to the event.

Training Description: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™ is a ten-day course designed for those who have begun learning DBT® methods from self-guided study of the treatment manuals and introductory workshops. This training is intended for teams that are invested in learning DBT to a high standard in order to better implement the treatment in their settings.

As DBT is a treatment that requires an ongoing consultation team, the Intensive Training is designed for treatment teams, not individual practitioners intending to practice alone.

A DBT team (minimum of 4*, maximum of 8) is a group of mental health professionals who meets at least weekly to assist each other in applying DBT in their practice setting. With the intent to provide the highest quality training experience, it is our goal to have a maximum of eight teams for each Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intensive Training™. Teams should discuss and clarify their level of commitment prior to completing their application.

Training is conducted in two five-day sessions of instruction divided by six to nine months of home study. In Part 1, lectures, videotapes, and small group exercises are used to teach DBT theory and strategies in-depth. Between the first and second sessions, participants consolidate and apply what they have learned with the help of practice assignments. Between sessions, teams design and begin to implement their own DBT programs or to integrate DBT into an ongoing treatment setting. In Part 2, each team presents their work and receives expert consultation on specific cases and on their program, including protocols for specific treatment problems and adaptations of DBT.

The DBT Intensive Training involves rigorous preparation, training, and homework. Part 1 and Part 2 are both five full days of training. The course is designed to model basic elements of the treatment in an experiential way and to foster team development. Just as DBT requires clients to make a full commitment to treatment and to attend all sessions, DBT training requires Intensive participants to attend the entire training, do their best to learn the material, and participate in a willing, committed manner.

Training Objectives

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Frequent training questions

Can I do both the Introduction to DBT and the Skills Essentials?

Yes you can. They complement each other well to introduce the range of strategies in DBT while emphasising the practicalities of teaching skills and running a group. Note there is some overlap between these two trainings – you can regard this as revision.

Should I do the training in any particular order?

We recommend you do the trainings in whatever order makes sense for your goals. We also recommend you do training when it is available and don’t assume it will always be offered when you are ready for it.

Can I provide DBT by myself – without a team?

DBT is defined as a team-based treatment. If you don’t have a DBT consultation team then by definition you are not doing DBT. You can certainly use ‘bits’ of DBT in your work as many elements of DBT are drawn from a range of other cognitive and behavioural treatments. However, team is unique in DBT and essential to its practice. If you provide elements of DBT without a team keep in mind you are not providing evidence-based DBT so we recommend you evaluate your practice and call it something other than DBT.

I am not part of a team but want to do an Intensive or Foundational training.

As Comprehensive DBT is a team-based treatment we endorse Behavioral Tech approach of only offering these trainings to teams, not individuals. If your organization is not ready to implement DBT as a team-based treatment then there may be some work to do prior to being able to implement these DBT trainings.

My organization would like a ‘x’ day long DBT training for ‘y’ kind of clients … can you help?

Possibly. Send us an email or complete our contact form.