Learning from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT was originally created to specifically treat those with borderline personality disorder via specific clinical approaches, however, it does have far reaching non clinical applications, which include specific skills to help you, patients and colleagues in their everyday life.  It is particularly useful where intense emotions present themselves which are at risk of becoming conflict.

The 4 core “behavioural skill modules” of DBT are:

  1. Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment.  This helps you pay attention to what is happening inside you (your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses) as well as using your senses to tune in to what’s happening around you (what you see, hear, smell, and touch) in non-judgmental ways.  Mindfulness skills help you slow down and focus on using healthy coping skills when you are in the midst of emotional pain. The strategy can also help you stay calm and avoid engaging in automatic negative thought patterns and impulsive behaviour.
  2. Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it.  Training supports you in developing techniques to handling a crisis so you develop a more positive long-term outlook.
  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.  A key focus is keeping relationships positive and healthy, encouraging the use of listening and communication skills more effectively, dealing with challenging people, and respect yourself and others.
  4. Emotion Regulation: how to decrease vulnerability to painful emotions and change emotions that you want to change.  You learn to identify, name, and change your emotions. When you are able to recognize and cope with intense negative emotions (for example, anger), it reduces your emotional vulnerability and helps you have more positive emotional experiences.  In the Dedici workshop we deliberately focus on how a clinician can utilise approaches to support emotional regulation in patients.

Dedici Workshop recommendations:

  • Emotional Regulation Toolkit (Patient Focus)
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for Healthcare Professionals
  • Revisiting Medical Professionalism; Interpersonal effectiveness
    • Whilst not directly based on DBT, this workshop does contain elements of
      Interpersonal Effectiveness which relate to DBT

Please contact us on info@dedicicpd.co.uk to attend or arrange an event!

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