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DBT for Clinicians

Julie Hayden, MSW, RSW is passionate about spreading the knowledge in the clinical community, doing DBT trainings, caring for clinicians in varying points of care giver burn out, helping with consultation teams and doing supervision.

Offering DBT in your practice is a wonderful step forward to give your clients a skills based modality that works! Most clients find it helpful and for those who may not sometimes the timing may not be right or they may need more intensive support with behaviours before doing an intensive DBT program. For example, those in active addiction to more dangerous substances posing risk to life and harm to self may be best to do an in-patient rehab prior to starting DBT. As DBT is meant to be learned while the client is “in” their life and not in an inpatient setting, it is important that client’s have sufficient stability and structure to their days.

When doing intensive DBT, clinicians need to have consultation teams (or they are not to be considered as doing DBT). A consultation team is a team of clinicians, perhaps 3 to 8 persons is ideal, who gets together regularly (bi-weekly) to discuss how their practice is going and particularly how their clients are doing. Assigning and documenting a number between 0 to 10 to measure burnout for every clinician each meeting is a good practice. Working with clients who struggle with emotion regulation, and often have BPD traits can be emotionally draining. We like to see clinicians be successful with their DBT clients.

Supervision with a well experienced clinician who specializes in DBT and particularly understands the disorder BPD comes highly recommended, especially when you are getting started, and as you grow your practice.

DBT Workshops can be done for your agency via online zoom telehealth in several formats customized to meet your training needs.

Reach out to Julie Hayden, MSW, RSW to find out more about Consultation Teams, Supervision, when the next DBT training for clinicians is and also information about bringing it into your organization or with you personally in your own private practice.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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