Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) was initially developed for individuals with complex mental health problems and engaging in suicidal behaviour. In the last decade DBT has been adapted to a wider range of severe emotional dysregulation disorders (bipolar, binge eating disorder) and effectively applied within a wide range of clinical settings (forensic, school, hospital, residential). It has been formally adapted for multi-problem adolescents and families by Alec Miller and Jill Rathus in 2006, recognizing the unique role that caregiver environments play within the youth’s treatment. The adolescent adaptation for DBT focuses on improving the youth and their caregiver’s ability to tolerate intense emotions, manage distressing situations without making them worse, improve interpersonal effectiveness and increase mindfulness skills all within a comprehensive, multi-mode treatment modality.
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Explain the main theories that inform DBT.
- Understand and demonstrate the use of validation and dialectics.
- Describe the structure and modes of treatment.
- Understand the research development of DBT with children.
- Describe the core stylistic strategies of DBT.
- Review the five modules of Adolescent DBT Skills Group.
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Cancellations and Transfers
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Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Child and Youth Mental Health Certificate : Child and Youth Mental Health Certificate