Dialectical Behaviour Therapy


Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a type of talking therapy which was originally developed by an American psychologist named Marsha Linehan. It is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but has been adapted to meet the particular needs of people who experience emotions very intensely.

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy short course

This course is ideal for those that are either complete beginners to the field of DBT ,with the aim of getting an insight and understanding of DBT , or existing therapists, teachers, coaches or parents looking to reinforce their knowledge or to pick up some new skills. This course is also ideal if you are interested in a DBT, though are unsure if you want to commit yourself financially and time wise to a full DBT qualification or programme of study
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The syllabus:
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

What Can I Do After Taking This Course?

Whether you are a therapist or work within the healthcare profession this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to help with your professional development.

This course does not entitle you to work as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist.

The course has been designed for someone without any prior knowledge of the subject and will allow the student to study the course at their own pace in their own home, emailed directly to your inbox. This course does not entitle you to work as a DBT Therapist , though will give you a solid knowledge base and an invaluable insight of DBT, without investing and committing a sizeable investment and time enrolling onto a college or university programme, the course gives you a great opportunity to test the water, and if you do enjoy it, you have a solid foundation. As after completing this course you may wish to continue your training with a college or university to build a platform for your career.
course content:
Definition of validation, and why it is important.
Validation and its dialectical balance with problem solving and change strategies.
Linehan’s Biopsychosocial model of Borderline Personality Disorder, and how validation fits in with it.
The implication of invalidating environments for a child, and for the adult.
What constitutes an invalidating environment, including ‘ideal’ environments … and a validating one, including how to create it.
Exercises on creating validating responses to specific statements.
Different ways of validating.
Using validation in your own situation.

How metaphors work and why we should use them.
6 Examples of metaphors.
4 Metaphors you can use repeatedly, for common problem situations.
General principles of metaphors, including visual metaphors.
Metaphors exercise.
A case example, to illustrate the use of validation and metaphor.
Relentless problem solving.

The five stage problem solving strategy.
Forms for clients (and you) to use with problem solving.
Problem solving exercise.
Personal experience of problem solving: exercise.
Contingency management.
The nature of contingency management and how it interacts with the conscious or unconscious motivations of the client.
Behavioural analysis, especially as a response to severe behaviour such as parasuicidal behaviour.
Chain analysis and solution analysis.
Case example.
Emotion-regulation exercise, especially including the focus on biological elements such as: sleep, exercise, illnesses, circadian rhythm.
Interpersonal effectiveness exercise. To be effective interpersonally proves to be a key skill, and the research evidence is impressive on this. It is therefore one of the four skills taught in DBT, addressing frequent interpersonal issues.
A definition and description of mindfulness and the best purposes it can fulfil.
Kabat-Zinn’s descriptions of mindfulness.
Mindfulness and its role in balancing ‘the emotional mind’ with ‘the reasonable mind’ to achieve ‘the wise mind’.
The three ‘What’ skills of mindfulness.
The three ‘How’ skills of mindfulness.
Mental Health problems to which mindfulness can be applied.
An on-going introspective exercise in mindfulness.
Distress tolerance.
‘Distraction behaviours’ that may be used to contradict and neutralise distress.
‘Radical’ distress tolerance: doing nothing. How to do nothing: the fact of this turning out to be an effective approach for many people, and the theory behind it.
How to order competing priorities: deciding which of several severe problems to tackle first.
Life-threatening behaviours, therapy-threatening behaviours, and behaviours that interfere with the quality of life.
The patient-therapist agreement – our role in it.
Assumptions we can make about the patient – and those we can’t.


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This course is also available online. Our online courses materials are delivered direct to your email inbox. Our online courses are exactly the same as the classroom version, but include a range of supporting study material.
On completion of the course you will receive a DBT Certificate from the Vita online for completing the course
Cost: £599 class room
Distance learning £199
This course is in no way a replacement for any prescribed medication; nor is it intended to contraindicate or supersede any medically diagnosed conditions or designed to treat anyone or make any recommendation’s learners deploy techniques as part of any treatment plan. The course is for educational purposes


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