An Introduction to DBT Skills for Adolescents in General Practice
Mindfulness, Validation & Collaborative Risk Management
RACGP CATEGORY 1 Event (40 CPD points applied for)
DBT is a psychotherapeutic treatment for people who experience difficulty managing their emotions and resulting behaviours such as:
• Experiencing emotions that are highly reactive, intense, and slow to recover
• Problem behaviours such as self-injury, suicidal behaviour, substance misuse, school avoidance, disturbed eating and risky sexual behavior
• Interpersonal difficulties which can result in frequent intense conflict with family and peers
• Feelings of emptiness and identity confusion
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the 1980s who integrated the science of change of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) with the art of acceptance, creating the central dialectic of DBT – acceptance AND change. Participants experience validation as they work to develop their emotional and behavioural regulation skills. DBT has been adapted to working with adolescents, making it directly responsive to their developmental needs and the needs of their carers, and has a strong and growing evidence base.
This education session will focus on two essential components of DBT, Mindfulness and Validation, and discuss the benefits of collaboration assessment, management of risk, and the establishment of safety plans that are respectful, empathetic, empowering and skills focused.
By the end of this education session, GPs will be able to:
• Develop a risk management plan with young people, enabling the GP and young person to easily transfer key risk management strategies and information across the family & health care system.
• Utilise mindfulness skills as taught within the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy model.
• Identify the ways in which a young person may invalidate themselves and others, and acquire a clear conceptualisation of the skill of validation.
WA Primary Health Alliance
Level 2, 2-5, 7 Tanunda Drive, Rivervale 6103