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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Key DBT Skills for Helping Clients with Emotion Regulation

ONLINE WORKSHOP |Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioural treatment which emphasises skills training to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they can experience as worth living. This workshop will provide an introduction to DBT and some of its key components. It will give participants an understanding of DBT skills and how they may be used in their daily practice with clients.



Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a treatment based on an overarching concept of emotion dysregulation as the underlying reason for a client’s struggles in life. It has a cognitive behavioural therapy basis but with the incorporation of principles of dialectics and mindfulness. It has been effective in treating a wide range of disorders across a range of population and age groups. The aim of this workshop is to introduce DBT and its key components with an emphasis on the skills that DBT teaches and is the first of two sessions.

This workshop is also available to attend in person - register here.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Introduction to the DBT model and how this might influence your view of your clients

  • Distress tolerance and emotion regulation skills

  • Consider how you use validation with your clients

  • Mindfulness as discussed in DBT

  • Learn key skills to try with clients

Let's Get Real

  • Working with People Experiencing Mental Health and Addiction Needs

  • Maintaining professional and personal development


Facilitated by Sarah Drummond 

LLB/MA (First Class Honours), Dip.Clin.Psych

Sarah has 17 years’ experience, predominantly in DHB settings where she has worked across Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Child Development, and First Episode Psychosis Services. Other experience includes the University Counselling Centre and Clinical Educator, Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Canterbury. The basis of Sarah’s therapeutic work has been CBT but she has branched into family therapy and more recently undertook intensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Sarah also supervises fellow psychologists as well as other clinicians.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five 
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount


You will need

  • Headset and Microphone

  • Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)

  • Stable broadband connection 

Minimum System Requirements

  • As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable.

Operating System
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - Latest version
Chrome - Latest version
Safari - 5 and above


Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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