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DIALECTIC BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (DBT) FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER - Two active days developing a DBT stance and skill-kit for use in clinical work

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John Butters
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Day One of this two-day workshop provides a historical look at the development in our understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which includes current epidemiological studies and clinical presenting features. The survey leads to a formal description of BPD through the lens of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). The description will be broadened to include a discussion of deficits in emotion regulation, a broad term reflecting the capacity to literally “increase the positive and decrease the negative”. We discuss the origins of this very necessary capacity through the early caregiving environment where key processes necessary for emotional development emerge. The ‘biopsychosocial model’ is described, with particular emphasis on the necessity of emotional validation, and the role modelling of adaptive emotion-management behaviours.

General principals of treatment are described together with the key balancing act present in the therapeutic exchange - the imperative to change with the necessity of acceptance.

Participants will develop an awareness of the organisation and particulars of the core skill modules and will be able to see how a typical skill building session looks and feels like.

Day Two takes a more in-depth focus on the four modules, and the general therapeutic stance taken by a DBT practitioner. Participants will develop their understanding of how “Core Mindfulness” is understood and applied within the DBT framework. As part of this practical approach to learning the skills participants will have an opportunity to see several skills taught and 

develop an experiential awareness of several key skills.

Participants will return to the key dialectic inherent in DBT – ‘change versus acceptance’ and will deepen their understanding of emotional validation techniques. Distress Tolerance skills will also be introduced, with specific interest on the crisis survival skills - a key skill-set for individuals at risk of self harm and suicidal behaviours. Temperature, Intense exercise, Paced breathing, and Paired muscle relaxation (TIPP) skills will be introduced, which have particular utility for nursing staff and other frontline health practitioners who may work with individuals in emotional crisis


PDP Live Webcast - Two Full Days

Our continuing professional development events meet the quality standard recognised by many relevant
professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, mental health
nursing, community work, counselling, psychotherapy and more. 

This event provides 12 hours of live interactive training and participants are required to complete the quiz in order to retrieve their certificate of completion. 

We recommend checking with your association for the correct calculation of points for this event. 



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John Butters is a Counselling Psychologist with specialist endorsement through AHPRA. He has worked as a psychologist since 2000, in both psychiatric and community health settings where he has coordinated a DBT outpatient programs, provided individual psychotherapy and clinical supervision. He has taught a variety of short courses for training organisations and professional bodies including Think Education, Karitarne, AABCAP, CASPC, to name a few. He works in Pyrmont and Crows Nest providing treatment and supervision.

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $398 

Recorded version available to view for 3 months after event. 

Attendance Certificate for 12 hours of interactive training.  

Additional​ viewer: $199 

Watch the event with the Primary Participant as part of a group (on same device)

Attendance Certificate for 12 hours of interactive training.


This seminar provides 12 hours for CPD points.   

Reminders will be sent prior to your live webcast event with a link to your account at where you will see your purchased webcasts. 


You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


  1. Develop an understanding of the history and diagnosis of BPD.
  2. Understanding and relevance of terms ‘skills deficit’ and ‘biopsychosocial model’ to BPD.
  3. Develop an understanding of dialectics.
  4. Understand the organisation of skills modules and their relevance to symptoms seen in BPD
  5. Develop understanding of Mindfulness and its practical application with client grouping.
  6. Understand the definition of ‘crisis’ and ‘crisis behaviours’.
  7. Develop knowledge and practical application of validation techniques.
  8. Develop a skill kit for clients in emotional crisis using distress tolerance skills.

“Develop a practical and systematic way of working that is both deeply respectful and playful."  John Butters


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Develop a specific understanding of BPD and how dialectical behaviour therapy speaks to the symptoms
  • Take skills away that can be practiced immediately
  • Provide a practical way of developing your skills as a counsellor or other helping professional.



Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • “Understanding the history and diagnosis of borderline personality disorder”.
  • “What is a skills deficit and how does it relate to the biopsychosocial model”.

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • What is dialectics?
  • How is DBT organised? What are the modules?
  • Running a group - presenting an introduction to a mindfulness skill.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Reviewing the basic assumptions in DBT
  • Introducing Core Mindfulness.
  • Therapy Interfering Behaviors - how they get in the way for all in the room.

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • What is a crisis? What are crisis behaviours.
  • Validating - key practical considerations.
  • Distress Tolerance - “surviving a crisis without making it worse”: practical tools for managing high impulsivity (The TIPP skills).



Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This is training is relevant to those wishing to become a Group Therapist/facilitator or those experienced in the area who would like to re-visit and improve upon their skills and knowledge base in a supportive environment.
NB: This is not training for groups that are solely for education or information purposes.

Webcast Schedule


Session One :      ​9:15 AM– 10:50 AM

Break :                 10:50 AM – 11:10 AM

Session Two :      11:10 AM – 12:45 AM

Lunch Break :      12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Session Three :   1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Break :                 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Session Four:      3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

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