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Our DBT Programs

Due to an increased demand for DBT programs, the Australian DBT Institute has recently launched programs in Sydney and Brisbane in partnership with Essentia Health.

2017 is the twelfth year DBT programs have been led by Institute Director Peter King. The Institute provides a model of best practice which has been replicated around Australia where Peter, through the Institute, supports the development of DBT programs, educates staff and evaluates Australian DBT programs.

Please find below further details regarding the Australian DBT Institute’s Programs.

Youth DBT Program – Y-DBT (16 to 25 years)

Our Y-DBT program is run during the school terms on Monday mornings (next February 2017). Our Y-DBT program runs predominately a closed group with intake to the program following an initial 3-6 session assessment/orientation/commitment period (if the young person is going to have individual therapy also with the DBT Institute). Intake assessments are conducted year-round with completion the last week of school holidays preferred.

 To arrange a referral please contact Essentia Health on 03 9077 2096 and request to speak with Peter. The cost for this group program is $1,500 ($150 per week x 10 weeks). One day intensive day programs are also available during school holidays and individual therapy is also available at an additional cost. 

Adult DBT Program (26 plus years)

The Institutes Adult DBT program runs for 40 weeks a year and is an open group with participants able to commence their DBT program following a 4-6 session intake and during the commencement of the mindfulness modules.

Program Dates (each term commences with 2 weeks of mindfulness):

  • Term 2: Each Tuesday from February 2017 – Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Term 3: Each Tuesday from April 2017 – Distress Tolerance
  • Term 4: Each Tuesday from July 2017 – Emotion Regulation

To arrange a referral please contact Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre on 03 9077 2096 and request an assessment to enter the Adult DBT Program. Cost for Full Program which includes Individual Therapy & Group Program is $2,600 ($260 per week for 10 weeks – Rebate when seeing a Psychologist or Social Worker through medicare of up to $1,245.00). If you continue Individual Therapy with your individual therapist the cost is reduced to $3,200 ($160.00 per week for 20 weeks)

Young Men’s Program (16 to 24 years)

The Institutes Young Men’s Program is run on Saturday mornings with a focus on healthy relationships (interpersonal effectiveness skills & middle path skills), enjoying the present moment (mindfulness skills), healthy emotions (emotion regulation and dual-awareness) and coping with the ups and downs of life (distress tolerance & resilience). This 6 week program is run by Peter King and costs $100 per two hours session each week (10am to 12 midday on a Saturday).

Graduate Program

  • Monthly on Wednesdays: from March 2017

The Australian DBT Institute adopts a Somatic Trauma Therapy approach to supporting clients who have graduated from our DBT programs. On graduation clients are also able to attend our monthly graduate groups at the Essentia Health & Wellbeing Centre. Graduate groups may be larger than usual DBT groups and focus on Mindfulness Skills and reviewing a range of DBT skills each session.  Monthly groups cost $100 for a 2hr session. Light refreshments are provided. Individual Therapy is provided at $160 a session on a fortnightly/monthly basis.



Mental Health Professionals seeking training in DBT please click here

Contact Peter King (Institute Director) via email at peter@cmhe.org if you seek a tailored DBT training program and/or consultancy to your organisation.

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