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Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills and principles

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2 Days
Lunch provided
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About the course

The aim of this two day workshop is to provide CAMHS clinicians with an introduction to DBT; an overview of the model adapted for adolescents with an emphasis on the practical skills. We aim to focus on enhancing clinicians’ skills and confidence in working with complex, high risk young people and the challenges that this often brings.

The workshop will provide knowledge and skills in the formulation of self-harm and other high risk behaviours in young people, and how to help young people to replace self-destructive coping mechanisms with more adaptive skills. These will include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

Through a combination of teaching, role play demonstrations, exercises and group discussion attendees will have the opportunity to practice using these skills experientially with case material in an active learning environment. We will also spend time exploring the challenges, obstacles and pitfalls of this work for clinicians and teams, and some effective ways to manage these.

This course does not constitute formal training in DBT.

Booking this course

This is a Health Education England funded course for staff working in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) which has been developed by Kings College London and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in partnership with Maudsley Learning.

This course is for CAMHS staff only and you must be able to attend both days of the course. Please do not apply if you work in any other area of mental health or can not attend both days as you will not be eligible to attend this course

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Learning Objectives

What you will learn from taking this course:

  • Understanding of chronic emotional dysregulation and related risk behaviours in young people and a theoretical model of how this develops and is maintained
  • Skills for chain analysing self-harm collaboratively with clients
  • Awareness of DBT-informed principles for working with adolescents with emotion dysregulation and self-harm
  • Knowledge of a range of DBT skills that can be used with young people to help them manage intense and overwhelming emotions, risky urges, relationship challenges , and increase their capacity for mindfulness
  • Principles for promoting clinician and team wellbeing in working with young people with emotion dysregulation and risky behaviours

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Target Audience
CAMHS clinicians
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Lunch Option
All staff working with people living with dementia and their carers
Lunch & refreshments provided
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Length & Time
Ortus Event and Learning Centre
82-96 Grove Ln
Day 1: 10AM-4.30PM
Ortus Event and Learning Centre
82-96 Grove Ln
Day 2: 10AM-4.30PM

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