Conference about one of the ‘greatest recent scientific discoveries’ to be staged in Dublin

Ben Upton

Science Journalist for ACAMH

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A conference organised by the Ireland Branch of The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health on Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) takes place at St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin, on Friday 20 October. The Conference will examine the evidence base for DBT, explore treatment structures and introduce basic DBT skills such as core mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. The conference has been awarded 4 CPD Learning Credits by The Psychological Society of Ireland, with recognition from additional award bodies pending.

Identified in 2011 by Time Magazine as one of the 100 greatest recent scientific discoveries, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a talking treatment that emphasises personal acceptance. Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT has established itself as a significant new voice in the field of psychotherapy blending radical behaviourism and cognitive therapy with the philosophies and practices of Zen and dialectics.

Adapted from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the 1980s, it is often used as a treatment for borderline personality disorder but has also been applied to eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions and ADHD. It has been used in a number of settings, ranging from forensic and inpatient environments through to student counselling and community centres. Like its precursor, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy aims to help patients change unhelpful ways of thinking. Its ‘dialectal’ aspect partly refers to a balance between trying to change and accepting oneself.

Gabriella Comet, Events and CPD Manager from The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, said; “Our upcoming conference offers an excellent introduction to this versatile and increasingly popular approach to treating emotional issues. We are honoured to have two experts in the field lead the event, Professor Jim Lyng of University College Dublin and Stephanie Hastings of Bangor University. Professor Lyng is the leader of Ireland’s longest running DBT team and has delivered accredited DBT training in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. He has published research on DBT in community settings and has a particular interest in DBT for young adults. Whilst Stephanie is a cognitive behavioural therapist with 25 years clinical experience and researching the adaptation of DBT for use with autistic adolescents in a school setting.”

To reflect the increasingly broad use of DBT, the conference is intended for a range of practitioners including psychologists, therapists, nurses, teachers and social workers.

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For those unable to attend the seminar. Do you have a recommended reading list for the new learner who works with children and adolescents?

Thank you.

Matt Kempen

I would recommend looking at the speakers and searching for previous papers and research that they have done. We’ll try and put a summary of the event online if we can

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