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2 Day Intensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Training for adults and adolescents - latest research from DBT skills training manual 2nd edition 2015 Marsha Linehan PhD

Event Details
Date: 13th Aug 2017
Venue: Canberra, ACT
CPD hrs: 14

$495 Early-bird
$550 Full price

Organiser: Megan Shiell
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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Prof. Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., at the University of Washington in the late 1970’s. She added acceptance, dialectics and validation strategies to cognitive-behavioural treatment for clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) who often presented with chronic patterns of suicidal or other severe dysfunctional behaviours and named the therapy Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). In her ‘2nd Edition ‘DBT Skills Training Manual 2015’ she has explained how useful DBT is for many other client groups and has given examples of how DBT can be modified to assist these clients. She has also added a variety of new skills to the original modules for skills training. It is not unusual for individuals diagnosed with BPD to also struggle with other problems -- depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug problems. It’s important to note that DBT is an “empirically-supported treatment” for BPD sufferers. DBT skills are extremely useful for clients in assisting in the management of impulsive behaviours, mood changes, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression and urges to use substances, food, gambling etc. to avoid or get rid of uncomfortable or intense emotions. DBT gives clients concrete skills and strategies to manage disruptive emotional experiences. This 2 day Intensive training covers a complete description of the standard researched model of DBT. Dialectics and validation and strategies of DBT are covered and the modes and functions of the treatment. Pre-treatment commitment strategies, individual and skills training structures are discussed. DBT for other client groups, adolescents and children is discussed. Many skills of the four modules of DBT are also taught. There is also one art exercise attached to the teaching of the 'Wise Mind' Skill. No talent is required. As a Registered Art Therapist I specialise in adding creative exercises alongside the DBT Skills training. I will show you how I have designed this in short programs and I will show you client's images.

Learning objectives

Participants will:

  • gain knowledge of the philosophy of DBT, the structure of the therapy and statistical information on the researched model. Discussion of latest research for the use of DBT in a variety of settings.
  • gain knowledge of how to teach ‘crisis survival’ techniques and address suicide ideation, self-harm and impulsive destructive behaviours of patients
  • gain knowledge in how to work dialectically using validation and acceptance strategies with patients.
  • gain knowledge in how to look after oneself as a clinician and gain supportive supervision within the DBT frame to help assist in working with patients who present with high levels of emotional dysfunction.
  • gain knowledge of all four skills of DBT, Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectives, including the additions of new skills added in 2nd Edition DBT Training 2015 (Prof Marsha Linehan)
  • gain knowledge in how to teach a skills training group
  • gain knowledge in working with many client groups that experience emotional dysregulation and working with DBT with adolescents
  • gain knowledge in how to work with a non-verbal approach using creativity alongside the skills of DBT.


Megan Shiell, is the founder of Expressive Therapy Clinic, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Expressive Therapies and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy at the University of Western Sydney. Megan has worked as an Art Psychotherapist for many years in the fields of Disability, Addictions and Behavioural therapy. Her passion is facilitating programs using a variety of modes of treatment with different client groups. In individual therapy sessions she helped clients learn experientially through creativity alongside the skills taught in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and and other therapies. Over the last 10 years she has found that this approach assists clients suffering symptoms of anxiety disorders, depression, behavioural issues, PTSD and specifically clients who suffer the traits of Borderline Personality Disorder. Megan has also worked as a consultant to Private Hospitals in Sydney providing these services. She been trained as an Individual DBT Therapist through Marsha Linehans accredited trainers Behavioural Technologies LLC. Megan offers training sessions for other allied health practitioners in my field of speciality. She also supervises Art Psychotherapists and Counsellors and lectured at the University of Western Sydney and supervised student placements. Megan has published an article on her work in Art Psychotherapy and DBT in the 2nd Edition of ANZJAT (Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy) on DBT and Art Psychotherapy. As well as, presented and ran workshops at Conferences in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Megan is a level 4 Counsellor and has been involved with the establishment and criteria for the new College of Creative Arts Therapies within ACA. In the past 3 years she has trained over 500 health care professionals, she can also train staff at NGO's and health care agencies.

Location and date

Mackillop House Conference Centre
50 Archibald Street
Lyneham ACT

13-14 August 2017


$495 Early-bird rate (payable one month prior)
$550 full price

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers