DBT-E: Introducing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as a treatment for eating disorders workshop

DBT-E: Introducing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as a treatment for eating disorders workshop

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DBT-E: Introducing DBT as a treatment for eating disorders

This one-day training aims to introduce participants to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as a treatment of emotion dysregulation, and more specifically how DBT strategies and interventions can be used to treat problematic eating behaviours in both individual treatment and using the comprehensive DBT group therapy model.

The workshop is designed to be demonstrative, engaging and interactive. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice new skills and interventions in an interactive and supportive environment.

Workshop objectives:

- Introduce the DBT treatment model, focusing on dialectical theory and behavioural interventions
- Understand the underlying research outcomes
- Outline key factors and challenges that face clients presenting with both restrictive and binge eating patterns
- Introduce the emotion dysregulation model of problem eating
- Outline orientation and commitment strategies to ensure that clients engage and remain in treatment
- Discuss additional mindfulness strategies designed to manage urges and difficulties remaining abstinent from problem behaviour
- Understand how behavioural interventions can be utilised in individual therapy
- Troubleshoot difficulties that may arise in treatment
- Introduce DBT relapse prevention strategies



Tanya Gilmartin is a Clinical Psychologist and has a background in working with eating disorders, and started using DBT as a treatment for disordered eating behaviour in 2011. As an intensively-trained DBT therapist and clinical supervisor she has extensive knowledge and experience in training clinicians in DBT and adaptations of DBT. She shares her extensive knowledge and experience in this area in a passionate and engaging manner, with a goal to ensure that all workshop participants get what they need from the workshop.


WHEN: Friday, January 31st, 2020

COST $300+GST from 1 Dec. 2019, $250+GST Early Bird until 30 Nov. 2019, $230+GST student

Refreshments, Morning tea, Afternoon tea, lunch and all training materials are included in the fee

Prior knowledge of DBT is not necessary, but will be useful in attending this workshop.


Additional Background on DBT

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Based on behavioural principles, the treatment targets emotion dysregulation that leads to problematic behaviours in the clients presenting to treatment. Since the initial publication of the DBT text and manual by Marsha Linnehan in 1993, DBT has been trialled and adapted for other clinical populations characterised by emotion dysregulation. DBT for Binge Eating and Bulimia was developed by Safer, Telch and Chen and presents a treatment based on an emotion dysregulation model of problem eating and adapts the standard DBT protocol for disordered eating. Other adaptations include additional orientation and commitment strategies, additional mindfulness strategies as well as the inclusion of relapse prevention strategies.

Contact Details

Person: Tanya Gilmartin

Phone: 0416 886 167

Email: tanya@melbournedbtcentre.com.au

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