Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Training Program


The Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Training Program is aimed at helping people learn skills to better tolerate high levels of distress, regulate emotions and improve resilience to ‘negative’ emotions, and be more effective in interpersonal relationships.

About the program

Emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, depression, shame, guilt, envy, disgust, jealousy, love, and happiness are emotions that every human being has experienced. Most people experience these emotions at some point in their relationships with romantic partners, family members, friends and work colleagues.

For some people these emotions can be extremely intense and associated with patterns of unhelpful thinking and patterns of impulsive and harmful behaviour. These patterns of emotions, thoughts and behaviours can be damaging to the person and their relationships with others, and extremely difficult to tolerate and manage in an effective, healthy way. Ultimately, the impact of these difficulties is that life may be perceived as not worth living.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), developed by Professor Marsha Linehan, is the most well-researched and effective mainstream psychological treatment designed to specifically address these problems.

DBT skills training emphasises learning and practising skills within four areas:

  • Mindfulness skills
  • Distress tolerance skills
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills

The ultimate goal of DBT skills training is to improve quality of life and build a life that is experienced by the individual to be a life worth living.

Program format

The program is a group program which is held once per week for a full day from 9am – 2:30pm, for a period of 27 weeks. 

This program requires a strong commitment to therapy, including active participation and consistent and reliable attendance.

What is included?

  • All materials relevant to participating in the program
  • Links to relevant agencies
  • Afternoon/morning tea
  • Access to complimentary mental health cares and family education sessions

Suitability and referral

If you are interested in attending this program, please speak to your GP who can make a referral to one of our psychiatrists for an assessment to ensure suitability and confirmation the program will meet your needs.

Visit www.buderimprivatehospital.com.au/psychiatrists to view all of our hospital’s credentialed psychiatrists and their contact information.

Once assessed, referral to the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Training Program is completed by the psychiatrist.

Program costs

The costs of this program may be covered by:

  • Private health funds
  • Self-funding