If you are a supporter, carer, family member, partner or friend of someone who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and/or extreme emotional dysregulation, C-DBT is an approach that can provide you with support and practical skills to effectively embrace compassion and wisdom each day to fully experience and participate in life!
The C-DBT program is based on the work of Perry Hoffman, Alan Fruzzetti, Marsha Linehan and Shari Manning which was first published in 1999. The Australian DBT Institute delivered our first C-DBT Skills Training in 2004 to complement our DBT programs and to support carers, partners, family and friends of individuals in our DBT programs. Today’s version of our C-DBT Skills Training Program has been further enhanced to include the lived experience of individuals with extreme emotions and their carers as well as current research.
C-DBT acknowledges that sharing a life with a loved one with emotional sensitivity and extreme emotions can be delightful, as well as challenging and overwhelming. As carers, partners, family and friends we can have experiences/moments of emotional vulnerability and sensitivity ourselves. C-DBT is a program for individuals who want to continue supporting loved ones and can see the benefit of becoming more skillful themselves.
The approach is informed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) which is a type of behavioural therapy. DBT’s main goals are to teach individuals how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve their relationships with others.
Skills that enhance compassion, coping and the support of loved ones.
How emotional sensitivity and overwhelm can impact relationships.
Effective relationship, crisis management and self-management skills.
Schedule for C-DBT group sessions
Each session provides the opportunity for participants to learn and practice using effective resources to support carers, family and friends of individuals in our DBT programs. Below is an overview of our 10 weekly sessions including the session theme for each week.
Week 1: Introduction to C-DBT Skills Training
Program goals and overview
Overview of emotion dysregulation and borderline personality disorder
Introduction to dialectics and key dialectical patterns in family functioning
Biosocial Model & Behaviour Responses to Stress
Skills Coaching in DBT
Week 2: Being Aware (Core Mindfulness Skills)
Mindful awareness methods to access and to express our Wise/Balanced Mind”
The essential skill of mindful observing
Mindful describing to put words to our inner experience, to validate, and to communicate more accurately
Participating more mindfully, openly, and deeply to truly engage our relationships
Week 3: Being Aware (Core Mindfulness Skills)
Increasing awareness of our judging
Learning to non-judgmentally describe
How to one-mindfully direct our attention in relationship
Increasing effective ways of relating with the priority on “What’s Effective/What Works?”
Week 4: Validation a key for understanding (Middle Path Skills)
DBT Bio-Social Theory and empathy
Understanding the results of invalidation
How to use Validation as an essential skill in relating and for emotion dysregulation
Week 5: Behavioural Principles for Family & Carer Relationships (Middle Path Skills)
Recognizing the context that triggers behavioural challenges and conflict
Recognizing the function of problem behaviours and how to avoid unintentionally reinforce these behaviours
Using a 24-hour timeline (behavioural chain analysis) to more effectively understand and intervene in a problem behaviour patterns
Week 6: Coping with the Chaos (Distress Tolerance Skills)
Strategies to effectively accept (when necessary), not resist or judge challenging situations
Replacing old mood-dependent, self-defeating behaviours with effective, crisis-survival skills