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*(Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)

A theoretical and practical course for those wanting to know more about DBT and how to incorporate it into their practice. The course combines an overview of DBT principles with case discussion and practical demonstration of treatment techniques.

What is DBT, who can use it and who is it for?

  • DBT is a treatment package that was developed for BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), and has been adapted for many other problems including substance misuse, suicidal teenagers, eating disorders and treatment resistant depression.
  • DBT techniques can also be incorporated into your style of practice. Each technique is a powerful therapeutic tool.
  • If you are not a therapist but come into contact with people with challenging problems the half day will give you new ways of working.

The course covers:

An outline of DBT

  • What is DBT?
  • What does DBT have to do with Zen?
  • How effective is DBT?
  • The theoretical principles of DBT
  • The stages and structure of DBT
  • The skills taught in DBT

Engaging Clients in Treatment

Especially useful for clients who are ambivalent towards change, DBT offers strategies to increase commitment to the therapeutic process, prevent drop outs, and maximise collaboration and effectiveness.

Building Acceptance, Alliance and Trust

How to a start with a therapist stance of acceptance. How to guide clients towards accepting themselves and their problems.

  • Mindfulness: living non-judgmentally in the present with your problems
  • Validation: your behaviour makes sense in its context
  • Dialectical approaches: we are all perfect and we all need to change

Participants experience taster sessions of how to use mindfulness, validation and dialectical strategies to build acceptance, alliance and trust.

Focusing on Change with DBT

DBT targets specific behaviours that need to change, helping therapists and clients to prioritise problems and focus their sessions.

  • Making a treatment hierarchy, prioritising problems
  • Structuring a DBT session
  • Behaviour analysis, what is the target behaviour?
  • Problem solving, finding solutions

Teaching clients skills

  • Teaching skills in groups
  • Coaching skills in one to one work
  • Coaching therapists during supervision
  • Coaching clients in crisis: risk management

Getting unstuck

DBT offers a special selection of strategies to help get through ‘stuckness’ in relationships including the therapist-client relationship.

  • Lemons and lemonade
  • Metaphors
  • What is the sound of one hand clapping?


The Trainer

Dr Fiona Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Fiona developed specialist UK NHS based DBT services for people with borderline personality disorder who self harm, often with co-morbid eating disorders and substance misuse problems. For this she received an award from BUPA and the DBT service was quoted in the NAO (National Audit Office) advisory paper “Safer Patient Services” 2005, presented to Parliament in the UK. She went on to develop training programs for practitioners and others, based on Marsha Linehan’s work. She has delivered DBT and other training nationally and internationally for the past fifteen years.

She has volunteered in India for the last 16 years, adapting DBT for use by Indian volunteers with children from adversity.

She enjoys training and has a dynamic, interactive style. Her research interests include trauma and dissociation, she has published academic papers and a book on these topics. Her book is Get Your Life Back. The Most Effective Therapies For A Better You, is a self-help book integrating CBT, DBT, ACT and CFT. It was shortlisted for the British Medical Association Book Of The Year Award 2018. Her latest book for therapists is Integrating CBT and Third Wave Therapies, part of the CBT Distinctive Features Series from Routledge. She is currently working on a book about working with self-states across disorders

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