The TI in DBT-TI stands for Trauma Informed. The Gold Coast DBT Clinic’s DBT-TI program is trauma informed meaning that the facilitators use an approach that is suitable for individuals who have had a traumatic experience in their lives. The program is also deemed to be suitable for individuals with no trauma history in their background. We do not discuss trauma in our DBT-TI Skills Group and the focus is on acquiring resources.
DBT-TI support the notion that DBT refrains from exposure-based treatment of childhood trauma until the consumer has stabilised—that is, until suicidal and other extreme behaviours are under control and the consumer reliably copes with emotional pain with skilful behaviours.
Is DBT-TI Evidence Based?
The DBT-TI approach, developed by Dr. Peter King, is informed by the ‘gold standard’ evidence based approach Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). DBT-TI is also informed by the evidence from the recovery based approach, trauma informed practice, the flipped learning method, mindfulness as well as the insights gained through Dr. King’s clinical practice (individual & group therapy, supervision of other mental health practitioners, PhD research and facilitation of international workshops in DBT and trauma informed approaches).
What are some of the key features of DBT-TI?