This two-day course will provide an overview of DBT. Participants will learn how to explain the DBT biosocial theory to colleagues, clients and family members. Attendees will also learn to competently structure DBT sessions to maximize clinical effectiveness. Core treatment strategies for managing difficult behaviours and avoiding therapeutic impasses will be presented.
As a treatment model, DBT aims to address the following goals:
1. Enhance behavioural capabilities
2. Learn behavioural skills to meet therapeutic goals
3. Improve motivation to change
4. Assure that new capabilities generalize to the client's natural environment
5. Structure the treatment environment to support client and therapist capabilities.
6. Enhance therapist capabilities and motivation to treat clients effectively
In standard DBT, these functions are divided among modes of service delivery including individual psychotherapy, group skills training, phone consultation, and therapist consultation team.