Online DBT Groups and Groups at Gold Coast DBT (6 Railway Street Southport QLD 4215)
DBT Skills Groups
Available online through DBT Assist or in our clinics!
Individual Therapy over Zoom or Cliniko
Go through DBT at your own pace!
Gold Coast QLD & Brighton VIC Clinics
Send your mental health plan or referral information to our team at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 8319 5599
Our DBT groups commence at the beginning of each academic term (Sydney school terms). Groups run during each academic term for 9-10 weeks and include the DBT mindfulness module during the initial two weeks of each 9-10 week group.
DBT group programs are facilitated by credential DBT Practitioners who have been comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Please refer to the below FAQs for more information about our DBT groups.
DBT Assist Platform The Australian DBT Institute provides Telehealth-based DBT Groups (online) through Zoom in person group attendees with ongoing access to the DBT Assist learning portal. Our learning portal assists with the use, recall and consolidation of DBT Skills through access to a range of resources including videos and worksheets to support the use of DBT Skills!
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5.30pm Monday Group via Zoom (Interpersonal Effectiveness Module)
5pm Tuesday Group via Zoom (Emotion Regulation Module)
11am Wednesday Group @ Gold Coast DBT (Emotion Regulation Module)
5.30pm Wednesday Group @ Gold Coast DBT (Interpersonal Effectiveness Module)
5.30pm Wednesday Group via Zoom (Interpersonal Effectiveness Module)
5.30pm Wednesday Group via Zoom (Distress Tolerance Module)
2.30pm Friday Group via Zoom or Gold Coast DBT (Youth Group - Module 1 for individuals 13-15yo)
4.30pm Friday Group via Zoom or Gold Coast DBT (Youth Group - Module 2 for individuals 16-17yo)
8am Saturday Group via Zoom or Gold Coast DBT (10 week carers, family & friends group)
Upcoming DBT Groups
Our next intake is now open! Groups commence in the first week of October 2021. We will be running 10 groups on a weekly basis on various days. This intake is the last intake for 2021 with our 2022 intake open from January 10th 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What are the features of the DBT Assist Group Programs?
Features of our program include:
• DBT teaching videos and interactive online activities
• Ongoing access to each module and skills teaching videos via DBT Assist
• All facilitators have been intensively trained and are Credentialed DBT Practitioners
• Up front or fortnightly payment options
• Rebates for individuals with mental health plans
• 9-10 x weekly skills sessions per module
• Sessions held during each school term (2-3 week break between modules)
• DBT resources for your current individual therapist to help participants use DBT skills (we can also provide individual
therapy if you do not have a therapist)
2. What are the weekly topics for each module?
3. What can I expect from a DBT program?
Usually, DBT includes a combination of group skills training, individual psychotherapy and phone coaching, although there are exceptions. Individuals in DBT are asked to monitor their symptoms and use of learned skills daily, while their progress is tracked throughout therapy.
DBT Assist provides the resources and format to teach individuals the skills component of DBT. DBT Individual therapy focuses on problems occurring in an individual's daily life and the skills taught in Skill Group, including in DBT Assist, are taught in a way to support individuals acquire and maintain skills to be used in the future. It is suggested skills learnt in a skills group will take about a month to become familiar and more likely to be used successful with continued practice. Some individuals are lucky and the skills may be successfully used earlier :)
4. Do I need to have a computer to complete a program on DBT Assist?
A computer, laptop or ipad/notepad is recommended to get the most out of a DBT Assist program. We show 2-3 videos each session so an internet connection is also required. Group sessions are run on Zoom. So a FREE Zoom account helps to make accessing the group sessions much easier. If you are someone who likes workbooks Marsha Linehan has produced a comprehensive DBT Skills Training Book with Worksheets and Handouts (around $65 AUD which some participants have found useful to purchase and work through their DBT program. Alternatively, participants are able to print worksheets from the DBT Assist platform for their own use.
In the past, participants who have not had access to a computer have made arrangements with a community health service, not-for-profit support service or even their local doctor to provide support by providing access to a private room and computer to complete our program weekly. We do not suggest using a library or open space in respect of the privacy of all members of the group.
We request that you complete any sessions in a private area like you would when attending a counselling session.
5. Do I need to start before the commencement date or can I join anytime?
Once a group program module has commenced individuals can not commence until the next module starts. Participants will need to go through the foundations phase of the program (sometimes called commitment) which takes between one and three weeks before they can commence in a DBT or DBT-TI program.
Self paced DBT programs and One on One Skills Training can be commenced at anytime.
6. How long do I have access to the content on DBT Assist?
Access is ongoing! We plan to be around for many years and will continue to update content and ensuring the content is relevant for all in the future.
7. How much do your programs cost?
Depends which option you choose. Online sessions are much more affordable for some participants than the cost of DBT in person which are usually double the cost of online sessions. Payment is preferred upfront. However, if you would like to pay on a fortnightly basis there is a 10% administrative fee.
Self-Paced DBT-TI & DBT Programs: Each online group's cost is calculated by modules rather than the full program. DBT programs start from $99 per module and DBT-TI start from $130 per module.
Online DBT Programs facilitated by clinicians are $400 per 8 week module and DBT-TI will cost $500 per module for each participant. The cost of $50 per group participant per session is almost half of the fee structure recommended by the Australian Psychological Society ($96 per participant - F57). There is no additional fee for ongoing access to the DBT Assist online content.
One on One Skills Training starts from $30 per session with a post graduate psychology or social work student, $180 with a Social Worker, Mental Health OT or Mental Health Nurse and $200-220 with a psychologist. This fee includes the therapist fee for 50 minutes plus access to DBT Assist.
Please refer to individual therapists for their individual session rates. All fees are charged in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST and processing fees.
8. What is DBT Assist?
DBT Assist is an online service of the Australian DBT Institute which supports individual participants learn DBT skills and mental health professionals teach DBT skills in online DBT groups and through self-paced learning. DBT Assist provide access to web-based interventions that can be classified into those that are guided (groups and individual support by mental health professionals) or those that are automated (self-paced learning with email and video prompts to assist progress through content).
The Australian DBT Institute has developed DBT programs since 2004 in locations that include Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa and the UK. Our unique approach includes using pop culture and and educational videos to teach and reinforce DBT skills.
DBT Assist give participants a number of options including learning DBT Skills in a group, one on one and more...
- Online DBT Groups
- DBT Groups led by a local practitioner
- DBT Groups led by DBT-Assist Certified Peer Facilitators
- Graduate DBT Groups
- One on One Sessions with a DBT-Assist Certified Practitioner
- DBT-Assist Self Paced Program
- Trauma informed DBT Program
9. Has anyone written about their experiences with DBT?
Yes there are plenty of books which explore how DBT has assisted individuals. DBT started as a treatment for borderline personality disorder so most titles may relate to individuals with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder however still related to the extreme emotion dysregulation of individuals who have received other diagnosis. Please find below a selection of titles from participants in DBT programs including the memoir of Dr. Linehan who also experienced extreme emotion dysregulation.
10. Who owns DBT Assist? Who developed DBT Assist?
DBT Assist is owned and developed (in 2014) by Dr. Peter King through his private company Gold Coast DBT Pty Ltd. Dr. King is a mental health practitioner from Melbourne, Victoria who began his career as a clinician in a Psychosocial Rehabilitation facility in 1994 during his undergraduate studies. Dr. King began running DBT programs in 2001 through his private practice in Bendigo, Victoria and now has clinics in Melbourne (Essentia Health, Brighton) and Gold Coast (Gold Coast DBT, Southport)
The Australian DBT Institute, founded in 2004, manages the DBT Assist website and conductions research into the effectiveness of DBT Assist and Dr. King's approach DBT-TI.