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DBT Essentials Training

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Course details:

DBT Essentials is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT). All three days need to be attended.

DateTimeVenueTrainerTarget group
11th , 12th & 13th March 2020 9:00am - 4:30pm each day Porth Eirias, The Promenade, Colwyn Bay LL29 8HH Amy George (APT) Targeted Services – Vulnerable People Team

Target Group - For mental health professionals interested in offering DBT to their clients


Course aims and objectives:

The DBT Essentials course covers:

  • Validation.
  • 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.
  • Metaphors.
  • 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.
  • Video demonstration of differential reinforcement in a clinical setting.
  • 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.
  • Mindfulness.
  • 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.
  • Walking the Middle Path
  • What this means, why it is important, and an overview of some of the exercises involved.


For further information, or if you have booked a place on the course and have not received notification to attend please contact the Workforce Development & Learning Administrative Team. Please do not turn up to any course unless you have received notification of your place as the event may be fully booked. 

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