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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. (Brisbane)

John Butters, BPsych PGDip Psych MPsych MRes Adv Dip Psychotherapy
Two Full Days
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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


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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.

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Program Information

Event Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
  12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
  1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $498
         $58 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included and food may be purchased from the many surrounding cafes or you can order a fresh lunch as part of your registration.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 14 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A soft (digital) copy of notes and resources will be available in your account indefinitely and you may also purchase a hard (print copy) as part of your registration.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this face-to-face event on the day, your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 

We operate from registered Covid-Safe venues and are committed to your safety. 
Our operations and procedures are continually updated to ensure we comply with all relevant health orders. 
We will communicate any changes to health orders to you as soon as they are available to us. 
We ask for and appreciate your cooperation in complying with the orders.

In the interests of everyone's safety, we ask that you notify our team if you are unable to comply with the current orders. We can then offer you a transfer to an option to ensure you are can complete your training. 

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


  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).



Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

Venue information

This Accor hotel has a fully implemented plan attending to the health and safety of all venue attendees.
You will be required to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everyone's safety, the venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

Free wireless internet is available and login details will be provided on the day.

This venue offers wheelchair access from the street level. 

Conveniently located right by several bus routes and a 10 minute walk to Roma Street Station.

Early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and water are provided.
The venue is surrounded by cafes and restaurants should you choose to eat out.

You are welcome to bring your own food into the venue and eat in the outdoor courtyard which is just located at the entrance of the building, or on the gorgeous pool deck area or in the conference room, Alternatively teh venue is only a short walk away from the peaceful Roma Street Parklands.


The seminar venue is the Johnson Brisbane Art Series Hotel which offers a discount on accommodation for the PDP community. Please quote the code 'WORKPLAYSTAY'

Othere nearby accommodations options nearby include:
The Metropolitan Spring Hill is a 4 minute walk from the venue
Spring Hill Mews is a 5 minute walk from the venue.


The Johnson Brisbane - Art Series

477 Boundary Street, SPRING HILL, BRISBANE, QLD 4000, Australia
+61 1300 092 875

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