Putting DBT into your Practice

Presented by Fiona Kennedy, Catherine Parker and Marie Wassberg

About the event

This is an online, participative event on the Zoom meeting platform, organised by the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Special Interest Group (DBT SIG). 

The event will not be recorded.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 10 x hours CPD - 6hrs skills and 4hrs theory.


DBT is a Third Wave CBT Therapy developed in 1993 by Marsha Linehan for people with borderline personality disorder. It has been shown to be effective in a range of severe disorders, including eating disorders and substance misuse, leading researchers to suggest that it could be a transdiagnostic treatment for emotion dysregulation (A. L. Chapman & N. H. Hope, 2020, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and the Treatment of Emotion Dysregulation in The Oxford Handbook of Emotion Dysregulation).

The trainers have clinical experience with both adults and adolescents. They have delivered training to specialist clinicians working with a range of clients, including people with learning disabilities. Fiona and Marie also have also adapted the materials and training for delivery in other countries including in India, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Romania and Poland.

This will be a 
theoretical and practical two-day event for those wanting to know more about DBT and how to incorporate it into their practice. The days combine an overview of DBT principles with case discussion and practical demonstration of treatment techniques and skills.

This event is aimed at CBT practitioners who would like to learn more about DBT, as well as DBT practitioners who would like to brush up on their skills.  No previous experience of DBT necessary.

Learning Outcomes

 - How to recognise emotional dysregulation in clients
 - How to motivate clients to engage in therapy
 - How to manage “treatment resistance”
 - How to build alliance through validation
 - How to understand problem behaviours using behaviour analysis
 - How to change problem behaviours using behaviour change techniques

Participants will experience taster sessions of how to use mindfulness, validation and dialectical strategies to build acceptance, alliance and trust.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own cases or even their own bad habits to use as material to demonstrate the DBT approach and will leave with a plan to apply skills in their own practice.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Fiona Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, has extensive experience of delivering and managing UK psychological services. The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy services she led received a commendation in the UK Government’s National Audit Office paper ‘Safer Patient Services’ 2005. She has also received an award from BUPA for clinical excellence for her DBT work. She has been training DBT therapists since 2006.

She has held honorary tutorships and taught on clinical psychology doctoral training courses at Manchester, Exeter, Southampton and Oxford universities. She is Director of GreenWood Mentors, providing training, supervision and therapy; she works in a voluntary capacity in India teaching volunteers to use DBT skills to mentor children from adversity.

She is a skilled and entertaining presenter with a knack of communicating complex concepts simply. She is editor/author of three books, and numerous publications and conference papers.

Catherine Parker trained in DBT in 2001, and was one of the founder members of the Derbyshire NHS DBT Service, in which she worked for many years, offering the full DBT programme to adults with borderline personality disorder. With a core profession in social work, she qualified as an accredited CBT therapist in 2008, and has worked in both primary and secondary care settings, including as a clinical supervisor, team manager in IAPT and service manager in a specialist CBT team.  

Throughout this time, she delivered DBT workshops within her NHS Trust and local universities, as well as a range of presentations and workshops at the BABCP Conference.  She currently works in the private and voluntary sector as a CBT/DBT therapist and supervisor.

Marie Wassberg trained in DBT in  2010 in Sweden, and had further training with Professor Alan Fruzzetti and Professor Jill Rathus, both leading clinicians in the field of DBT for adolescents. More recently, she also completed DBT for Schools training in the USA. With a core profession in social work, she qualified as a CBT therapist in 2003, and has specialist training in Trauma-focused CBT and Prolonged Exposure. Marie has been involved in developing many DBT-informed programmes in different settings, mainly for children, adolescents and young adults (aged 18-25) both in Sweden and in England.

Marie has delivered lectures, workshops and training events in Sweden, UK, USA, Poland and Romania.  She has a private practice working with adolescents and young people using a DBT-informed approach, and offers training and supervision to clinicians working with this group.   



If you need to cancel your booking, please email Cancellations made up to 5 days prior to the event will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event.

Online Event
4 Apr 2022 - 5 Apr 2022
SIG: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
120.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
140.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member

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