DBT and borderline personality disorder

People diagnosed with borderline personality disorder experience extreme swings in their emotions, see the world in black-and-white shades, and seem to always jump from one crisis to another. Because few people understand such reactions – most of all their own family and a childhood that emphasised invalidation – they don’t have methods for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion. DBT is a method for teaching skills that will help in this task.

Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the support-oriented, cognitive-based and collaborative components of DBT
  • Discuss the four modules of DBT – mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance
    and emotion regulation
  • Ascertain how to apply dialectical behaviour therapy to their own workplace practice.