An intensive out-patient therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT has also been adapted to treat clients with addictions, eating disorders and other complex problems. Working with clients who experience these difficulties is extremely challenging for mental health and direct service professionals. DBT has proven to be effective in reducing suicidal, self-harm and other impulsive behaviours and to increase client engagement in therapy.
"- How to conceptualize borderline personality disorder using the biosocial theory
- The components of standard Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- How to balance validation and change strategies
- Skills for clients, including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness
- How to conduct a behavioural analysis and solution analysis of problematic behaviours
- How to use commitment strategies to enhance client engagement in the treatment process