Advanced Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Workshop

Note: Participants are required to provide evidence of having completed an introductory course in DBT by The Learning Curve Institute or equivalent in order to join this workshop

DBT was founded in 1993 by Marsha Linehan, initially known as CBT for Borderline disorder.  DBT is now used for treating many disorders such as Borderline, Bipolar, and other Personality Disorders.  It has been proven useful for any level of suicidal behaviour, self-harming, or other self-destructive behaviour.  DBT consists of a series of skills and techniques for working with personality disorders and other areas.  Many people want to familiarise themselves with these skills without necessarily becoming a DBT therapist exclusively.  The Advanced DBT course delivered by subject expert Hilde Davy, focuses on how to teach clients the group skills, how to develop further on these skills in one to one sessions and how to help clients with any form of self-destructive behaviour.

Suitable for:

  • Professionals who see clients in one to one sessions and wish to add DBT techniques to their set of skills or want to use full DBT with their clients where applicable.
  • People or teams working in inpatient or community settings.
  • Mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers, people working in HR or Occupational Health departments.
  • Carers for people with mental health issues.

Members of The Psychological Society of Ireland can receive 8 Learning Credits and members of The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can receive 10 CPD points for completing this workshop.


Two days training or four mornings.

Course content

  • History and background.
  • Biological Theory of emotional and behavioural dysregulation.
  • Guidelines for skills training.
  • Skills Training Assumptions.
  • Mindfulness Skills.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills.
  • Walking the Middle Path.
  • Emotion Regulation Skills.
  • Distress Tolerance Skills.
  • Analysing behaviour, Chain Analysis, Missing-Links Analysis.
  • Validation and validating techniques.
  • Problem solving techniques and DBT techniques used in one to one sessions.

Learning outcomes

The aim of this training programme is to enable participants to:

  • Learn DBT techniques used in practice.
  • Learn how DBT skills are taught in groups.
  • Understand, in the non-therapeutic environment, when to refer people to DBT and have an understanding what can be expected during treatment.

Connect with Your Trainer

The Learning Curve Institute will distribute a unique pre-course questionnaire to each participant in order to ensure the training meets the needs of everyone and is tailored to the appropriate level while also covering specific situations or scenarios as highlighted by the group.

The Learning Curve Institute also offers a bespoke post course support system whereby particpants are provided with the contact details of the trainer and are free to contact them with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

Participants will each receive an eCertificate of Completion in "Advanced Dialectical Behavioural Therapy" from The Learning Curve Institute.