CARERS, FAMILY & FRIENDS DBT SUPPORT PROGRAM
This group is specifically for family, friends and supporters of individuals with extreme emotions and those in DBT Programs!
Unique Learning Paths
An enhanced learning experience with flexible learning paths and professional guidance!
PROVIDED THROUGH ZOOM & DBT ASSIST
Participants access live Zoom sessions with our facilitators who run also DBT programs and are carers themselves!
Discuss with others
Participate in our online forum, share thoughts and ideas, increase connection with other carers in your group!
Why do C-DBT?
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.
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.
In addition to the Zoom sessions on a weekly basis, all participants get ongoing access to DBT Assist which is full of video examples of Skills and DBT Worksheets.
Carers with Carer Experiences
Unique Learning Paths
DBT Skills as taught in classes
Managing the Complexities
Discuss with other carers
Ongoing Access to Content
• Program goals
and overview • Overview of emotion
dysregulation and borderline personality disorder • Introduction to dialectics
and key dialectical patterns in family functioning • Biosocial Model &
Behaviour Responses to Stress • Skills Coaching in DBT
• Methods to access and to express our Wise/Balanced
Mind” • The
essential skill of mindful observing • Mindful describing to put words to our inner
experience, to validate, and to communicate more accurately • Participating more
mindfully, openly, and deeply to truly engage our relationships • Increasing awareness
of our judging • Learning to non-judgmentally describe •
How to one-mindfully direct our
attention in relationship • Increasing
effective ways of relating with the priority on “What’s Effective/What Works?”
• DBT Bio-Social Theory and empathy • Understanding the results of invalidation • How to use Validation as an essential skill in relating and for emotion dysregulation • Recognizing the context that triggers behavioural challenges and conflict • Recognising the function of problem behaviours and how to avoid unintentionally reinforce these behaviours • Using a 24-hour timeline (behavioural chain analysis) to more effectively understand and intervene in a problem behaviour patterns
• Strategies to effectively accept (when necessary),
not resist or judge challenging situations • Replacing old mood-dependent, self-defeating
behaviours with effective, crisis-survival skills
• Understanding the functions of emotions • Goals of emotion
regulation as support and guide • Using Mindfulness to understand intense emotions • Applying skills to decrease our vulnerability
to overwhelming emotions • Applying skills to decrease our emotional
suffering and reactivity with others
• Applying Core Mindfulness skills in our
relationships • The role of family beliefs, secrets, myths
goals and priorities for our objectives, relationships, and self-respect needs
• Fine-tuning our 24-hour timeline (Behaviour Chain Analyses) • Reviewing the C-DBT skills and strategies in light of individual Values, Goals and Actions • Discuss the most important skills that each member wants to commit to practice
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