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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Training

Drawing on the latest research and theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy theory to for Borderline Personality Disorder in Public Mental Health Sectors and working with families will be presented. The course will begin with an overview of dialectical behavior therapy and discuss the biosocial theory of BPD, DBT stages and targets of treatment, and individual and skills group modalities in implementation of treatment. An emphasis of clinical application to Public Mental Health settings will then be discussed, exploring the rationale for DBT implementation with clients and with families, application of DBT stages and targets of treatment, modification of treatment function to special populations and to the work with families, training on implementation of individual and skills group modalities, and discussion of research on cultural adaptations of DBT will be presented.

Dates:10 to 12 Dec 2020 (Thu to Sat)
Time:9.00am – 1.30pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Dorit Saberi, PhD

Dorit Saberi, Ph.D, is a Supervising Psychologist and Co-Director of Training for the Psychology Division at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She is also the Clinical Director of Safe Harbor-Trauma Recovery Center, and an Associate Professor at UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine. She conducts research, provides direct services, supervision and teaching in Evidence Based Practices adapted for adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness who are high utilizers of correctional, psychiatric emergency and inpatient services, and are homeless or at risk for homelessness. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, A certified CBT therapist and a diplomate of Aaron Beck Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Certified Trainer of Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

Course Outline
  • Introductions/Orientation to Course Objectives
  • Discussing Borderline Personality Disorder in a DBT framework
  • Exploring DBT as Behaviour Therapy – practice exercises
  • Conducting Chain Analysis with Role Play
  • Understanding Dialectical philosophy
  • Use of Validation as a Common Factor and in DBT therapy
  • Video & Discussion (pretreatment, commitment, goal setting)
  • Practicing Skills Group Modules - Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Additional Skills Group Practice
  • Mindfulness Exercise
  • Additional skills group practice
  • Cultural adaptations of DBT
  • Experiential Exercises, videos and role play
  • Implementation and modifications
  • Using DBT with families and couples
  • Consultation team meetings- implementation
  • Discussion of additional adaptations
Course Objectives
  • Gain an understanding of the basic principles of DBT theory
  • Demonstrate comprehension the biosocial theory of BPD while becoming aware of cultural variations in the application of this theory.
  • Integrate the concepts of emotion dysregulation and invalidating environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Dialectical philosophy and DBT as behavior therapy
  • Conceptualize treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder from a DBT perspective
  • Understand DBT stages and targets of treatment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to implement chain analysis and validation
  • Utilize DBT case management strategies working from a recovery model
  • Gain knowledge of the four DBT skills group modules with consideration for cultural variations
  • Identify behavior targets and core strategies of treatment and apply them to the correctional setting.
  • Explore implementation and modification of DBT to individual and group modalities for culturally diverse population.
Who Can Benefit?

For professionals and therapists who provide care for individuals who experience emotion dysregulation typically characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, trauma related, mood and anxiety disorders. This training is also appropriate for teachers and peer supporters.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
16 Oct 2020 500
Normal Till Full 550