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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in a Nutshell



Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed for people with Borderline Personality Disorder but now has a wide evidence base for a broader range of complex conditions with treatment resistant presentations.

In this enlightening and practical video interview Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham explores with Dr Fiona Kennedy the key elements of DBT and its applications to complex cases.

Main learning points of the video:

  • Discover the reasons for applying DBT to treatment resistant presentations.
  • Explore balancing Acceptance and Change.
  • Learn why commitment work is essential in DBT.
  • Learn the importance of identifying client’s goals and values
  • Identifying ‘target behaviours’.
  • Explore three elements of DBT: individual and group work, and coaching.
  • Individual work: building relationship and analysing target behaviours.
  • Skills group work: learning new adaptive behaviours.
  • Discover the strategies and styles in DBT:
    • Acceptance strategies: mindfulness, validation.
    • Change strategies: behaviour analysis, problem-solving.
    • Dialectical strategies: finding synthesis.
  • Understand the importance of clinical supervision in DBT: the Consult Group.
  • Learn approaches to reviewing progress and moving on from DBT.

“Excellent – thought provoking and very useful therapeutic approach and tool.”
P.H., Specialist Practitioner (Psychology)

Course tutor

Dr. Fiona C. Kennedy BA (Hons), M Clin Psychol, D Clin Psy, AFBPS, C Psychol Fiona has a vast clinical experience in mental health and learning disability fields. She was a Board Member/Trustee for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). She has an extensive experience of teaching and presenting, giving regular input to doctoral training programmes. Amongst many other research projects she has studied dissociation after trauma that led to a new theoretical model and scale, as well as innovative new treatments. The creation of an effective treatment service for self-harming, suicidal, ‘revolving door’ inpatients was quoted as an example of national excellence by the governments’ National Audit Office in its House of Commons report ‘Safer Patient Services’ 2005.

Course structure

  • Video
  • Online Test
  • Personalised Certificate for 1 CPD Hour

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