What is the course about?
This experiential course provides a solid introduction to the theory and practice of dialectical behaviour therapy, an evidence-based treatment that has been successful in helping sufferers of mood disorders. Conditions such as borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety and panic as well as those in recovery from addiction, respond well to this form of talking therapy. DBT was developed in the 1980s by an American psychologist, Marsha Linehan, in response to her own mental health problems. DBT is similar to CBT in that it highlights how thoughts influence feelings and behaviour but the heart of the treatment lies in emotional management “within” and “between” people. As we are all sentient beings, this course will encourage you to reflect on your own emotional experiencing so that you might incorporate some of the skills into your own life to inform either current or future client practice.
What will we cover?
There will be 4 key modules spread over the term as follows:
2. emotion regulation
3. distress tolerance
4. interpersonal effectiveness
Each module will involve an element of theory and practise in which delegates will work in pairs and small groups. There will be some focus upon personal experiencing of skills as well as consideration of how these might be applied in client work in a variety of settings. For practising therapists there will opportunity to reflect upon skill application within current client work and for those interested in the application of DBT within a group setting, there will also be opportunity to consider this delivery.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• A basic understanding of the 4 modules of DBT and how to apply the skills personally and professionally.
• Appreciation of the value of acceptance and courage in promoting personal change in self and others.
• A clear understanding of your own emotional nature, potential triggers and current regulation capacity.
• Appreciation of your own bodily responses internally and externally in the face of emotional distress.
• Increased awareness of how your own emotional regulation impacts others in your life, personally as well as professionally.
• Techniques for surviving intense emotional responses and how to manage these in social settings.
• Experience of designing and delivering mindfulness practice.
• The art of making, improving and ending personal relationships.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Whether you are working as a therapist or not, this course will benefit people for whom emotions have a negative impact on some aspects of daily life, overall well-being and relationships with other people.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Course tuition will involve a variety of teaching methods: key aspects of theory taught in a classroom setting with opportunity to share personal experiencing of DBT training as well as pair work and small group work. The skills taught will offer you an element of personal challenge through home exercises set each week that are not compulsory. Your feedback will be valued throughout the training.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might want to keep notes throughout the course although some information will be provided weekly to provide an overview of the key points covered. You will become aware during the training of the importance of nutrition and hydration in mood regulation and will hopefully consider your nutritional needs carefully.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a number of courses in psychology, you may be interested in any of the following:
PP114 - Cross cultural psychology
PP121 - Forsenic psychology
PP124 - Psychology of addiction
PP142 - Psychology of shame
PP132 - Psychology of leadership.