Acquire skills that enhance compassion, coping and the support of loved ones
Overview of DBT
Overview of the skills and resources taught in DBT programs throughout Australia.
We explore how emotional sensitivity and overwhelm impact relationships
Acquire effective relationship, crisis management and self-management skills
Are you a carer, family member, partner or friend of someone who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and/or extreme emotional dysregulation? If you are, C-DBT is a program that can provide you with support and practical skills to effectively embrace compassion and wisdom each day to fully experience and participate in life!
The C-DBT program is based on the work of Perry Hoffman, Alan Fruzzetti, Marsha Linehan and Shari Manning which was first published in 1999. The Australian DBT Institute delivered our first C-DBT Skills Training in 2004 to complement our DBT programs and to support carers, partners, family and friends of individuals in our DBT programs. Today’s version of our C-DBT Skills Training Program has been further enhanced to include the lived experience of individuals with extreme emotions and their carers as well as current research.
C-DBT acknowledges that sharing a life with a loved one with emotional sensitivity and extreme emotions can be delightful, as well as challenging and overwhelming. As carers, partners, family and friends we can have experiences/moments of emotional vulnerability and sensitivity ourselves. C-DBT is a program for individuals who want to continue supporting loved ones and can see the benefit from becoming more skilful themselves.
The main goals of C-DBT Skills Training are to:
•provide carers, friends, family members and/or partners with the skills that enhance compassion, coping and the support of loved ones.
•provide an overview of the skills and resources taught in DBT programs throughout Australia.
•learn about how emotional sensitivity and overwhelm impact relationships.
•acquire effective relationship, crisis management and self-management skills.
OUR NEXT PROGRAM COMMENCES ON SATURDAY 5th February 2022!
C-DBT can be attended via Zoom or in person on the Gold Coast. Our C-DBT Skills Training groups commence the first week of each academic term and run over 9 weeks (8.00am to 9.30am each Saturday morning).
Frequently Asked Questions
1. My family member attends a DBT program, should I attend your C-DBT program?
Just like DBT, our C-DBT program is a voluntary program. Specifically, our program has been developed for Carers, Partners, Families & Friends who seek additional resources to support their loved one who may have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, bipolar II, post traumatic stress disorder and/or extreme emotional dysregulation. The C-DBT program was developed by the Australian DBT Institute in 2004 for families and friends of individuals attending DBT group programs.
Individuals who have attended our program in the past have found the program supports a greater understanding of DBT and the role of therapy, validated the struggles of being a carer, decreased hopelessness and an increased sense of empowerment.
2. Can I bring my loved one with a diagnosis of BPD, PTSD, ASD to this group?
No, this group is only for carers, partners, families & friends.
DBT Assist and the Australian DBT Institute run a range of programs for individuals with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, bipolar II, post traumatic stress disorder and/or extreme emotional dysregulation which can be accessed via our website at www.dbtinstitute.com.au
3. Can I attend some of the sessions or do I need to attend the full program?
C-DBT is a voluntary program which supports carers, partners, families & friends develop a range of personal resources to effectively embrace compassion and wisdom each day to fully experience and participate in life. Individuals who attend the full 10 week program report getting the most from the program. Our experience is that the full program offers opportunities for carers, partners, families & friends to consolidate personal resources whilst also providing support and validation from others going through similar challenges and struggles.
4. What experience do your facilitators have?
Our facilitators have a range of clinical skills and experiences that are complemented with the lived experience of caring for family members with mental health concerns. At a minimum our facilitators have completed a comprehensive DBT training program, receive regular supervision and attend other personal development opportunities to strengthen their vocational and personal capacity.
5. Can my facilitator help me get support for my loved one?
Our facilitators have working knowledge relating to a range of clinical support services. Various referral options and approaches will be discussed in the C-DBT program. Keep in mind that the main focus of our program is to support the development of your personal resources to best care for and support loved ones with a range of mental health concerns. For more specific treatment requirements, individuals are encouraged to seek the support of an individual therapist or community support worker who is better equipped to support navigate the various health care options for your loved one.
6. Can I receive a Medicare rebate for this program?
If your GP has identified this group as being a suitable support for you under a mental health plan then please have your GP send our team a mental health plan which identifies groups in the referral. Our admin team will process your Medicare rebate of $19.60 following each of the ten group sessions you attend. You can only access 10 group session rebates per calendar year and these rebates are offered in addition to any individual therapy sessions you may attend.
7. Is there time put aside for questions?
This program has been developed to answer many of the questions you and others may have relating to support for loved ones and the resources important to effectively embrace compassion and wisdom each day to fully experience and participate in life. We are also aware that many individual attending our sessions may have a lot of questions that may not be covered in our sessions. We welcome questions and ask that any questions follow our three step process of: 1/ being clear and concise, 2/ come from a non-blaming and non-judgmental stance, 3/ are not triggering or overwhelming to others within the program. If a question is deemed, by our facilitator, to be outside our three step process, then the individual asking the question will be either coached to stay within the process or asked if the question could be explored outside the group.
Please keep in mind this is a support and development program rather than a group therapy type of program.
8. How long do I get access to all the resources?
Attendees of C-DBT receive ongoing access to the resources contained in the C-DBT program on DBT Assist. We do not change individual's passwords nor cancel your access to the resources on DBT Assist. The only time access would be restricted is in the unlikely event that you or any other individual harass, bully or threaten a facilitator or any participant within the C-DBT program. If this was to occur, DBT Assist reserves the right to immediately withdraw your access and take any action necessary to ensure the safety of both facilitators and participants.
9. The individual I am caring for does not have borderline personality disorder, can I still attend?
Yes you can still attend! Although C-DBT is based on the work of Dr. Alan Fruzzetti, Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dr. Shari Manning and Dr. Perry Hoffman who developed programs for individuals with a diagnosis of BPD, our program has been developed for a wider population of individuals who express extreme emotions and have extreme emotional sensitivity. The C-DBT program continues to be developed further by our facilitators and the input of participants completing our programs and includes approaches for carers, partners, families & friends supporting individuals with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, bipolar II, post traumatic stress disorder and/or extreme emotional dysregulation.
10. I missed a number of sessions last time you ran C-DBT, can I come again to make up the sessions I missed?
We suggest if you are to join our C-DBT program again you do it from the initial session rather than half-way through the program. We see a benefit in developing a supportive relationship with others going through similar struggles and challenges of being a carer, partner, family member & friend of individuals with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, bipolar II, post traumatic stress disorder and/or extreme emotional dysregulation.