This 12-hour training provides an introduction to several core DBT skills, namely mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. It will present the theoretical foundations of DBT, research evidence supporting the efficacy of the treatment, as well as commitment strategies for engaging patients in treatment. The training will be conducted using a combination of didactic presentations, discussions, and experiential/ role-play exercises.
It is strongly recommended that participants of this training acquire a copy of Linehan (2015)’s DBT skills training manual, and the associated handouts and worksheets:
Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd ed.). The Guilford Press.
Eligibility Criteria and Enrolment Guidelines:
This training is designed for mental health professionals and clinicians (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors) who have had introductory exposure to DBT through either a 2-day DBT Introductory Skills Training Workshop or other training avenues. The training will include reviews of selected topics in the introductory DBT workshop (e.g., biosocial model, foundations of DBT) as well as new topics, some of which are listed below. Ultimately, the trainers’ goal is to support the development of DBT consultation teams in Malaysia.
SELECTED TOPICS COVERED:
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
PREREQUISITES FOR PARTICIPATION
The training is designed for mental health professionals, clinicians, and trainees (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors) who have had introductory exposure to DBT through either a 2-day DBT introductory skills training workshop or other training avenues (e.g., Psychwire). To derive the greatest benefit, we encourage participants to review the content taught in the 2-day DBT skills training workshop as well as Marsha Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Manual prior to attending the workshop.
Pamela Buck, Ph.D.
Pamela Buck, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Boston Child Study Center, where she provides evidence-based treatments to young adults and families with mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma-related disorders, substance use and eating disorders, attention-related difficulties and personality disorders. She provides CBT, DBT, and evidence-based treatments for PTSD: prolonged exposure (PE), DBT-PE, DBT-PTSD, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Dr. Buck is a DBT-Certified Clinician by the Linehan Board of Certification.
Dr. Buck completed her MA and PhD in clinical psychology at Duke University, clinical internship at the Durham VA Medical Center, and postdoctoral residency at the Portland DBT Institute. She provides DBT training in the USA and internationally, and has introduced DBT in Vietnam and Malaysia through intensive trainings for psychiatrists and psychologists at the Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City and the National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, respectively. Dr. Buck currently leads the first DBT consultation team for clinicians in Malaysia and Singapore.
Dr. Buck cares deeply about increasing the availability of culturally-responsive evidence-based treatments provided through an intersectional lens for individuals of all ages and their families. She has completed the Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program at the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.
Keng Shian Ling, Ph.D.
Keng Shian Ling, PhD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University Malaysia. She is a DBT-Certified Clinician by the Linehan Board of Certification, and Chair of the Provisional Board of the Asia-Pacific DBT Association. She obtained her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University, United States, and completed her clinical psychology residency at the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and Mood Disorders Clinic at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining Monash University, she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at NUS and subsequently, Yale-NUS College in Singapore.
Clinically, Dr. Keng has received training in cognitive behavior therapy, DBT, and mindfulness-based intervention approaches, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. She has worked in hospital and clinic settings with patients of a variety of diagnoses, including mood, anxiety, substance use, and personality disorders. Dr. Keng has provided DBT training internationally, including the National University of Singapore, Malaysia’s Ministry of Health, and National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. Dr. Keng is also an active researcher who has published in the areas of mindfulness-based interventions, emotion regulation, and borderline personality disorder. She aspires to help improve the quality and accessibility of mental health services in Southeast Asia through teaching, research, advocacy, and community outreach.
This list below includes readings that are required for foundational training in DBT. Each DBT provider should have a personal copy of the primary texts.