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These are open level and suitable to anyone interested in their content. The workshops outlined below are suitable as an insight into the treatment or for continued professional development (CPD)

Postgraduate DIPLOMA in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: BANGOR UNIVERSITY

The PG Dip in DBT aims to provide students with advanced conceptual understanding of and skills in the practical application of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, including two of its main theoretical constituents, applied behavioural analysis and mindfulness. The programme consists of 5 modules.  The first year is spent studying 2 x 30 credit modules. ( Total 60 Credits) The first focuses on acquiring knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical models underlying the treatment and beginning the study of the application of these theories in clinical practice.  The teaching component of this module is delivered in Part I (Residential) of the Intensive Training or in the Foundation training.  The second has a stronger clinical emphasis on the application of theoretical knowledge to the implementation of clinical programmes and the delivery of therapy in individual and group formats.  The teaching component of this module is in Part II of the Intensive or in the DBT Upgrade training, both residential training’s.

The other three modules can be studied over the next three years in any order.  One module focuses on enhancing knowledge and practice of Mindfulness and is also taught via a 5-day residential module accompanied by clinical practice learning.  Students then have a choice of one of two modules focusing on developing skills in the knowledge and application of behavioural theory.  The final module comprises the DBT Problem-Solving training and the DBT Team Leaders workshop and provides training in more advanced clinical skills in DBT. For this module, students must access and pay for 20 hours of clinical supervision.

Students are assessed by written assignments, some theoretical and some clinical, with an emphasis on reflection and learning from experience.  As part of the programme, students will submit a DVD of their clinical work for assessment of adherence in the treatment.  The programme will provide eligibility for accreditation with the Society for DBT in the UK and Ireland.

In addition to advanced specialist skills in the subject matter, students of this programme will acquire graduate-level skills in critical and evaluative thinking, academic writing and IT.

For those who have achieved the PG Certificate the 2 x 30 credit modules? You can use these credits towards the PG Diploma.

Please note: The PG Diploma registration details will be launched soon – watch this space for further information

DBT Taster Workshop (On-site only)
What is DBT? This one-day workshop is designed to be an overview of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Change-based technology (behaviour therapy) with acceptance-based principles (validation) are introduced with dialectical strategies (those that provide the balance of acceptance and change). The frame of DBT is highlighted and the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT are defined. Topics include: the diagnosis and bio-social theory of borderline personality disorder; DBT treatment targets and structure of treatment for multi-problem, high-risk clients, including the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT programmes.

This training is intended for mental health professionals who wish to acquaint themselves with the DBT treatment or who are considering further training in DBT.

After a DBT taster day, what comes next?

If you have enjoyed this one day workshop you may want to know what is next for you in your DBT journey.
We suggest that the next step is to do a 2-day event, from the list below;

DBT on the ‘Front Lines’ Workshop
Many clients spend more time with support staff than they do with their clinically licensed and trained DBT or non-DBT therapists. This training is designed for all clinical front-line support staff in a wide range of treatment contexts. Participants will learn the basic principles of DBT, and how to structure contact with clients around DBT assumptions, agreements, and targets. The role of front-line staff members in DBT programmes will be clarified, especially the relationship with the DBT team and the individual therapist.

Skills Essentials in DBT Workshop
This two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of DBT Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn how to set up a group, the group goals and guidelines, begin to teach skills, be a co-leader, identify and solve common problems in skills groups, make skills lectures come alive, give meaningful homework assignments, and review homework assignments in a way that promotes active engagement with different client populations and settings.This course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn to teach or improve their teaching of DBT skills to clients.

Suicide: DBT Protocol for Assessing and Managing Risk
With suicide among the top ten causes of death nationwide, the responsibility for careful assessment can be a source of extraordinary stress to clinicians.  Recent studies on suicidal individuals indicate the DBT® protocol for assessing and managing suicidal behaviours is a critical component in effective treatment.  This training teaches how to recognise risk of suicide, use specific strategies for management of high risk situations and care for clinicians’ own distress and well-being while working collaboratively with clients to build a life worth living. The training is not specific to DBT, but a background in behaviour therapy is recommended.

Adapting your DBT Programme for Substance Use Disorders
This two-day workshop covers the modifications made when applying Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and substance use disorders.  Participants specifically learn how DBT, when applied to populations with co-morbid disorders, differs from standard DBT for BPD clients in the way that DBT is targeted, how behavioural skills are taught in skills training group, how to engage clients in therapy at the beginning of treatment, strategies for not losing clients during treatment, and how therapists are supported when clients are in danger of dropping out of therapy.

Adapting your DBT Programme: Helping Emotionally Dysregulated Suicidal Teens
Mental health professionals working with suicidal adolescents with multiple problems are often stymied by complex clinical presentations and challenges that arise during treatment. Learn how to apply comprehensive DBT to an adolescent population to engage and retain clients. This training covers how to convey the bio-social theory of DBT to adolescents and families, describe dialectical dilemmas relevant to adolescents and families, and structure and run multi-family skills training groups.

This workshop is appropriate for experienced individual psychotherapists with solid familiarity with DBT. Participants will advance their ability in specific principles and strategies relevant to skills training and coaching with adolescents and families, individual therapy, family sessions, and managing communication and coaching outside of session (e.g. phone calls, emails and texts). Specific attention will be paid to teaching adolescents and families the skills of dialectics, validation, and behaviour change (the “Middle Path”).

After attending any of the workshops above to continue your DBT journey you need to either join an established DBT team within your trust / organisation. Ask around to see who is delivering locally and whether you can join the team. A 5 day foundation training will equip you to start working with clients when you have a trained team around you.

If there is no team in your service, then why not form one yourself? You need at least 4 people to apply for DBT Intensive training, one of which must be a clinical psychologist. All members must already have a core professional qualification such as nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychological therapist, or psychiatrist. Your new team would attend 10 days of training in 2 five-day blocks, separated by 6 months to work on setting up your service and working through some homework assignments.
Once you have completed intensive training you can call yourself a DBT practitioner. You may then work towards accreditation in this fascinating therapy.

Participants are expected to have training and/or experience in DBT to attend the following course:

Treating PTSD in DBT with High Risk Clients
Approximately 50 percent of individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and this co-morbid diagnosis increases suicide risk and general impairment in this client population. Learn one of the newest developments in DBT research and practice – how to effectively and safely integrate PTSD treatment into DBT for high-risk BPD clients.Learn how to use DBT to prepare high-risk BPD clients for PTSD treatment, determine when clients are ready to begin PTSD treatment, and address common difficulties encountered during PTSD treatment with this complex client population.

This two-day training is a highly practical, applied workshop that provides participants with a thorough working knowledge of the structure and procedures of the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol for PTSD. This training is intended for clinicians who are already familiar with DBT and exposure-based treatments.