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The British Isles DBT training Team (BIDBT) was founded in 1997 by Heidi Heard (PhD).  She, along with Michaela Swales (PhD) a founder member of the team, built the National Training programme in collaboration with BTech LLC (www.behavioraltech.org), the US training company that enjoys a unique association with the treatment developer Marsha Linehan.  Currently British Isles DBT Training is the only licensed provider in the United Kingdom and Ireland of trainings in DBT The Training Team also have a close association with the Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (http://depts.washington.edu/brtc/) where Marsha Linehan continues to work on the refinement of DBT.  Since its inception the training team have seeded over 300 DBT programmes across the UK and Ireland and have trained over 1000 professionals. British Isles DBT Trainingprides itself on delivering a high standard of training that is both informative and clinically relevant.  To ensure the highest standards all of our carefully selected trainers have received extensive supervision in DBT and have demonstrated adherence and competence in the delivery of the treatment.  In addition each trainer has been monitored and closely supervised by a Senior DBT Consultant to ensure their competence in training others in the treatment.   All trainers have received advanced training in the assessment of adherence in DBT by senior staff at BRTC.

Michaela Swales

Prof. Michaela Swales is Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Senior Reader in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, Bangor University.

 

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Prof. Swales works clinically in a regional Tier 4 inpatient service for adolescents serving North Wales. She specialises in delivering a DBT programme for adolescents with suicidal and self-harming behaviours. She completed Intensive Training in DBT in Seattle, USA in 1995 and became the Director of the UK DBT Training Programme in 2002. In this role, she trains staff and consults to programmes in a range of settings with a variety of client groups. As a result of both her clinical work and her role in training, Prof Swales has developed a particular interest in the effective implementation of evidence-based programmes of care. She is co-author, with Dr Heidi Heard of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the ‘CBT Distinctive Features Series’ published by Routledge in 2009. She was awarded the Cindy Sanderson Outstanding Educator Award by the International Society for the Improvement and Training in DBT at their conference in New York in November 2009. Prof Swales was a member of the guideline development groups (GDGs) that, on behalf of the National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE), wrote the guideline on the Treatment and Management of Borderline Personality Disorder (2009) and the Longer Term Management of Self-Harm (2011). Prof Swales participates in the Working Group on Classification of Personality Disorders, which reports to the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. Prof Swales is Site Principal Investigator on REFRAMED: Refractory Depression – Mechanisms and Evaluation of DBT, a multi-site MRC funded trial.

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Heidi Heard

Dr Heidi L. Heard received her doctorate degree from the University of Washington, where she specialized in personality disorders and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Over the years, she has written numerous theoretical and empirical articles on and conducted extensive training in DBT.

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After attending the University of Washington and completing an internship at McLean Hospital, Dr. Heard worked at the University of Wales in Great Britain where she conducted research on borderline personality disorder. She also became the director of British Isles DBT Training, through which she provided introductory and advanced training, consultation and supervision to a wide variety of treatment settings throughout Britain and in other European countries. Dr. Heard has now returned to America, where she divides her time between providing clinical supervision and serving as the Senior Consultant for British Isles DBT Training. Her current research focus is on the cost-effectiveness of DBT.

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Christine Dunkley

Dr Christine Dunkley is a Consultant Psychological Therapist and a Consultant Trainer  with the British Isles DBT training team. She has 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS, including 19 years at Southern Health Foundation trust where she was a founder member of the Winchester DBT team. She currently provides consultation and supervision to DBT teams across the UK and Ireland in standard out-patient services and in specialist adolescent, forensic, PD, and eating disorder teams.

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She qualified as a medical social worker in 1982 and undertook additional training in psychological therapy. She is now a Senior Accredited Practitioner with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She was trained in DBT in 2002 and joined the national training team in 2006. She is an honorary lecturer for Bangor University on the Post Graduate Certificate in DBT. She is the co-founder and first chair of the Society for DBT. She sits on the IAPT expert reference group on Personality disorders where she has responsibility for drafting the DBT competencies. She is on the committee of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) special interest group for DBT. Christine is a regular attendee at the International DBT trainers meeting at the University of Washington with Marsha Linehan, and has been trained to administer the UoW Adherence Coding scale for DBT taped sessions. Along with Michaela Swales she has released a DVD series on core components of DBT, and co-authored the chapter on DBT for the latest addition of the Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her book on teaching clients to use mindfulness skills will be released in 2013. Her other published work includes journal articles and book chapters on emotional pain, supervision, suicide risk and mindfulness. She is currently one of the clinical leads in a large RCT of DBT for Treatment Resistant Depression and is also on the treatment development team with Professor Tom Lynch at Southampton University.

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Janet Feigenbaum

Dr Janet Feigenbaum is a Consultant Trainer for British Isles DBT Training, a chartered consultant clinical psychologist for North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University College London. She is clinical and strategic lead for personality disorder services for NELFT and clinical lead for the IMPART (Intensive Management of Personality disorders: Assessment and Recovery Team). In September 2012 IMPART was selected as one of three IAPT SMI demonstration sites for the treatment of people with a personality disorder. In addition she has recently been appointed to the role of Strategic and Clinical Lead for Evidence Based Practice in Psychological Therapies in NELFT.

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Janet completed intensive training in DBT in Seattle in 1999/2000 while director of research for the Oscar Hill Service for personality disorder. The results of the RCT of the effectiveness for DBT for PD conducted at the Oscar Hill Service were recently published (Feigenbaum et al., 2012 – British Journal of Clinical Psychology). In 2003 she moved to NELFT and established one of the 11 National Pilot sites for personality disorder funded by NHS England. (DDART; specialising in providing DBT and CBT for individuals with PD and co-morbid substance abuse). The service was successfully devolved and merged to become IMPART. Janet is now an International trainer in DBT, providing training, supervision, and consultation in DBT and PD service development in the UK, Ireland, and Europe. Janet has recently been appointed chairman of the Board of Certification and Accreditation for the Society of DBT UK. Janet’s current research grants and projects include: developing DBT-E in the UK (for return to employment), developing a brief intervention for reducing self harm in the community (outside mental health), evaluation of a 12 week DBT informed group for Bulimia, developing an intervention package for fathers with PD, a naturalistic evaluation of DBT in the NHS, evaluation of a one day DBT skills workshop for carers, and evaluation of the Adult Invalidating Environments scale.

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Maggie Stanton

Dr. Maggie Stanton is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a Senior Trainer with British Isles DBT Training. In 35 years of mental health clinical work she has specialised in seeing clients with severe and enduring mental health problems. As Psychological Therapies Lead, for many years Maggie headed a team of psychologists and psychological therapists in a large NHS Trust.

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She trained in DBT in 2002 developing the DBT service in her area and the wider trust. Maggie is trained in the University of Washington Adherence Coding scale for DBT, an honorary lecturer at the University of Bangor on the Post Graduate DBT course and a mentor for the University of Southampton Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has been involved in a range of research publishing her work in journals, books and at conferences including two books on teaching and using mindfulness skills. Maggie is a Director of the UK and Ireland Society for DBT and was a member of the Expert Reference Group, which developed the Self-Harm & Suicide Prevention Competence Framework for the NCCMH.  She focuses on providing supervision, training/workshops and consultancy internationally and in the UK presenting on DBT, mindfulness and other topics. She is an accredited DBT Therapist, a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology.

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Jim Lyng

Jim Lyng has spent more than the past decade deeply passionate about DBT.  He completed his training as a counselling psychologist in Trinity College Dublin in 2003 where he has also served as an adjunct assistant professor in counselling psychology for the many years, specialising in training students in cognitive behavioural therapy.  He worked for 15 years as a senior psychologist in adult mental health services in Dublin, where he took over the reigns of leading Ireland’s longest running DBT programme.

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He delivered training on behalf of biDBT since 2012 in Ireland, the UK, and the first ever DBT event in the Czech Republic.  Jim obtained his PhD from the School of Psychology at Bangor University under the supervision of Prof Michaela Swales.  He has published peer-reviewed papers on DBT in the community, including a series of papers focusing on DBT for young adults.  He has contributed to book chapters on DBT and presented at international conferences in Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam.  Jim is happy to report that he is currently cooking up some long-term follow-up studies on outcomes for DBT in the community and is about to publish research on standalone DBT skills training groups for borderline personality disorder.  He is working in the global tech sector at present as a global resiliency programme manager. Jim sits on the board of accreditation for the British and Irish Society of DBT.

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Stephanie Hastings

Stephanie Hastings is a Cognitive BehaviouralTherapist and a Trainer in training with the BritishIsles DBT training team. Stephanie qualified as a Social Worker in 1991 and has worked for Local Authorities Children and Family Services, the NSPCC (Sexual Abuse project) before moving to work in Health Services in North Wales in 2003.  

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Stephanie is now employed as a CBT therapist(BABCP accredited practitioner) in a tier 3 Community CAMHS in North Wales delivering CBT, training and supervising others in CBT, and is an honorary lecturer at Bangor University. Stephanie trained in DBT in 2007 and completed the Post Graduate Certificate in DBT in 2012. She is the lead for a CAMHS DBT programme which has been running for 10 years and is currently a research therapist in a large RCT of DBT for Treatment Resistant Depression led by Professor Tom Lynch at Southampton University.

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Carolyn Hinds

Dr. Carolyn Hinds is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, Bangor University. She is also an accredited Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist in CBT with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).  

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Dr Hinds has worked clinically with children and adolescents in North Wales since 1990, working full time in Tier 3 CAMHS since 1996. Dr Hinds trained in DBT in 2004 and has delivered it with adolescents presenting with suicidal and self-harming behaviours since then within the Conwy and Denbighshire DBT team. Dr Hinds also has experience of supervising staff within the CAMHS team and Clinical Psychology Trainees on the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme, Bangor for over 20 years. She has participated in teaching on the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme, Bangor and has been an internal examiner for the Reports of Clinical Activity and a number of theses in the past 10 years. Dr Hinds is a fluent Welsh speaker and offers therapeutic work through the medium of Welsh. Dr Hinds is currently one of the therapists on REFRAMED: Refractory Depression – Mechanisms and Evaluation of DBT, a multi-site MRC funded trial.

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Amy Gaglia

Amy Gaglia is an accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapist working as a DBT trainer and supervisor after moving from the UK to Vienna, Austria. She volunteers for the Society of DBT and is a member of the Board of Accreditation.

 

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She completed her MSW in New York in 2003 where she trained in DBT at New York Hospital. She was a founding member and team manager of the Newham DBT Team between 2003-2008. Together with that team, she was intensively trained in DBT 2004 in Northampton, USA. Amy then spent a year in 2008-2009 establishing a DBT informed transitional living programme for people with severe and enduring mental illness in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She returned to the UK and continued to work with the Newham DBT team and trained as a DBT adherence rater in 2010. She helped the Newham team complete its RCT on DBT versus Treatment As Usual for Self Harm published in October 2012 and wrote a follow-up article regarding dropout from DBT in the NHS. She worked in the London Borough of Hackney for two years as a cognitive therapist and offered DBT and RO-DBT to clients there. Finally, between 2014-2016, Amy worked as a DBT therapist in SLaM. Amy is experienced at working with a variety of populations and is trained in and has experience in delivering Family Connections and DBT-PE.

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