Remote Learning: An Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was founded in 1993 by Marsha Linehan, initially known as CBT for Borderline disorder.  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, and the introduction course is ideal if you are thinking of taking the first step in becoming a DBT therapist or if you would like to have a better understanding of the concept before referring clients or employees to a DBT service.

Note: There is also the option of participating in an Advanced DBT workshop on completion of this training. Please check here for more details:

This workshop will be delivered live using the free Zoom remote conferencing platform: The course will allow you to interact with your trainer and other participants in a virtual classroom where, in addition to the workshop content, there will be time built in for live discussions, question & answer sessions and skills practice. You can access the course wherever you have an internet connection; on a desktop, tablet or even a smartphone.

Suitable for:

  • Professionals who see clients in 1 to 1 sessions and wish to add DBT techniques to their set of skills.
  • 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 and The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can receive learning credits/CPD points for completing this workshop. 


"Hilde was a fantastic facilitator in her ability to keep the training on track and was very genuine, inclusive and encouraging throughout. The material was engaging and well structured I came away with a clear understanding of the aims of DBT and what is involved in delivering this therapy. The course length was perfect and with adequate breaks. The remote learning suited this course and was adapted well by using breakout rooms." 

Shauna Hill, Jigsaw

February 2021

"The trainer was very good, professional and engaging. She ran the session well, ensuring everyone got time to speak. I really liked the group discussion. There was a large enough group for different specialties and experience but it was small enough that everyone was heard.  Remote learning was really good, and had the course taken place in person (regardless of the Covid situation), I would not have been able to attend."
Joanne Carroll, DCU
June 2020

Programme Duration

Two half days

Programme Content

  • Validation, the implication of invalidating environments for a child, and for the adult. Using validating responses in the therapeutic environment.

  • The use of Metaphors,

  • Problem solving strategy.

  • Contingency management.

  • Emotion-regulation.

  • Interpersonal effectiveness.

  • Mindfulness

  • Distress tolerance.

  • Walking the Middle Path.

  • The role of the face to face sessions and group sessions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gaining an understanding of DBT.

  • The ability to create validating environments.

  • The ability to validate other people in an easy way.

  • The ability to give people different perspectives in a fast way.

  • The ability to help people to solve problems rather than dwell on them.

  • The ability to respond to very severe behaviours in a caring way without reinforcing the severe behaviour.

  • The ability to help people to bring some sense of order and predictability to emotions.

  • The ability to help people tolerating distress.

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 offers a unique post course support system whereby learners are provided with the contact details of the trainer and are free to contact them with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion in An Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy from The Learning Curve Institute.