Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

16 Sessions Online Intensive Training For Professional Development

Session Subject
Introduction – Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), DSM IV, V. Description of DBT, Australian and USA Statistics.
Five functions of Treatment, 2015 New DBT Training Manual, Standards and Modes of Treatment, Researched Model of DBT description – Adults and Adolescents. The Four Modules of DBT, Assumptions in DBT
The Styles of DBT, Validation, Dialectics, Encouragement, Genuineness, Irreverent Communication
Pre-Treatment Stage, Client/Therapist agreements, Hierarchy of Targets, Hitting and Impass. Primary and Secondary Targets of DBT
Individual DBT Therapy, session structure and timing, crisis intervention, risk factors for suicide, phone coaching, how to handle calls when your client is lonely, treating wilfulness when it shows up, Diary Card, Chain Analysis, Environmental intervention. Discussion of Adult and Adolescent Training Manuals
Wise Mind Skill of DBT, The Brain and Emotions
TIPP, Wise Mind Accepts – Distraction, Self-soothe
STOP, Improve the Moment
Checking the Facts, Reality/Radical Acceptance
Emotional Regulation – Model of Emotions, Opposite Action
Validate your Vulnerabilities, Know your Triggers, Primary and Secondary Emotions, Mindfulness to current emotions, Managing extreme emotions.
Chemistry, Labelling emotions, Reducing Vulnerability, Building relationships and ending destructive relationships, Increase positive emotions, Coping Ahead, Decrease emotional suffering
Interpersonal Effectiveness – Goals, DEAR MAN GIVE FAST, Factors reducing Interpersonal Effectiveness
Skills Training Group
Walking the Middle Path, exclusion criteria, Implementing DBT into a System, DBTG Consultation Team Agreements, Structure of a Consult Team



Megan Shiell is passionate about the way Dialectical Behaviour Therapy can assist sufferers of emotional dysregulation. Over the past 9 year she has trained over 2,000 clinicians in the use of DBT and also in the use of DBT alongside an experiential therapy Art Therapy. Megan has presented both in Australia, and Internationally on the subject of DBT and its uses in mental health arenas and has published her work in DBT and Art Therapy in the ANZATA Journal 2008. Megan has recently written a chapter in a book titled “DBT-Informed Art Therapy in Practice” edited by Susan M. Clark to be published later in 2020. Megan conducts some Face to Face intensive DBT training programs in Coolangatta, Qld and also for organisations in other regions of Australia. Since 2014 she has trained around 2,000 clinicians.


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 patients 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 2015 Prof. Linehan has updated research to show DBT is also effective in many client settings and for many people suffering emotional dysregulation including its usefulness for Adolescents. 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 dependancy. It’s important to note that DBT is an “empirically-supported treatment” for BPD sufferers. DBT skills are extremely useful for people in assisting in the management of impulsive behaviours, mood changes, emotional dysregulation, anxiety and 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 sixteen session Intensive “Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Training” has been designed for self-paced learning and it is hoped that it will assist clinicians gain knowledge of how to work with DBT and how to work as individual therapists and as Group Facilitators using DBT. Information on how to set up a DBT program including Therapists Consult groups is also detailed in the online training. Optional creative exercises are added to the Skills section of the program as a variation to the structured cognitive learning of the skills.  Many clients over the years have enjoyed this aspect of the learning and appreciate having a concrete original object that replicates the skill they have learnt to view at any time reminding them of the techniques that assist them.

Face to Face Training is still an option for specific organizations.


Participants will:

  • gain knowledge of the philosophy of DBT, the structure of the therapy and statistical information on the researched model.
  • gain knowledge of how to teach ‘crisis survival’ techniques and address suicide ideation, self-harm and impulsive destructive behaviours of clients
  • gain knowledge in how to work dialectically using validation and acceptance strategies with clients
  • 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 clients 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 addition of new skills added in 2nd Edition DBT Training Manual 2015 (Prof Marsha Linehan). The Adolescent Manual created by Jill Rathus and Alec Miller (2014) will also be discussed
  • 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


16 Sessions Online Intensive Training






Once online program is purchased you will be sent a password to access members only content.  The password link can be found on the top of the first page of the PDF Manual you will receive by email once your payment has been cleared.