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.
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.
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
Week 2: Being Aware (Core Mindfulness Skills)
Week 3: Being Aware (Core Mindfulness Skills)
Week 4: Validation a key for understanding (Middle Path Skills)
Week 5: Behavioural Principles for Family & Carer Relationships (Middle Path Skills)
Week 6: Coping with the Chaos (Distress Tolerance Skills)
Week 7: Understanding & Managing Emotions (Emotion Regulation Skills)
Week 8: Managing Relationship (Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills)
Week 9: Managing Relationship (Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills)
Week 10: Applying C-DBT Skills in Our Most Important Relationships