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Social Care Professionals Working with Mental Health Clients


Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Usual course length: 2 days

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) was developed by U.S. Psychologist Marsha Linehan. It is a type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a difference, in that it has at its core two essential principles of acceptance and change, and it was developed to help people with borderline personality disorder and associated problems of self -harm and suicide. It emphasises the collaborative nature of the relationship between helper and client and it focuses on helping the client or service user to develop a number of practical self-help and coping skills.

Courses can be tailor-made from the following elements:

  • Describing what dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is and how it can help clients with a range of personality and other problems;
  • Understanding the what and how of DBT coping skills: gaining control; learning to regulate emotions; coping with distress; and improving interpersonal relationships;
  • Learning how to incorporate DBT techniques into their direct and day to day work with service users;
  • Knowing how to teach and rehearse DBT techniques to service users through self-experience and co-coaching with course participants; and
  • Being more confident in using a variety of DBT skills and tools in their work with service users.