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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.

John Butters, BPsych PGDip Psych MPsych MRes Adv Dip Psychotherapy
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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 1988, in both psychiatric and community health settings where he has coordinated DBT outpatient programs, provided individual psychotherapy and clinical supervision.

John has undergone training in psychodynamic psychotherapy - which has included a five-year intensive training in Self-Psychology. Between 2007 and 2012 he undertook advanced training in MBT (Mentalization Based Therapy) through the Anna Freud Centre (London) by Prof. Peter Fonagy and Dr Anthony Bateman and has a specific interest in this mode of treatment incorporated into his work.

He has taught a variety of short courses for training organisations and professional bodies including Think Education, Karitarne, AABCAP, CASPC, PDP, and PESI to name a few.

John is currently a clinical supervisor and clinician providing short- to long-term counselling and psychotherapy services in Pyrmont and Crows Nest, NSW providing treatment and supervision. He has specialist endorsement with AHPRA for counselling psychology.
Specialties: Short and long-term psychology support using a variety of evidence-based approaches including; CBT, DBT, MBT and psychodynamic therapies.
Lecturer and trainer in a number of core areas of discipline and supervisor of grad-students.

Registration Details

Live Interactive Webcast registration
Fees: $398 
Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event.
           $199 Additional viewer (must watch on same device as primary viewer)
           $58 Purchase lifetime access to the recording (available to primary viewer only)

  • Your attendance certificate for 14 hours of live, interactive training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation and quiz via your account. 
  • A soft copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • A recording of this event will be available in your account approximately three weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months.  You will receive an email notification when the recording becomes available for viewing. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to join the live webcast on the day, you will be able to watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz and retrieve  your certificate at a later date before the end of the three month viewing period.

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).



Webcast 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)

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.

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