The role of family in recovery from BPD and other emotion dysregulation difficulties is widely recognised. Emotion dysregulation can have a contagious effect so that one dysregulated person can easily become two especially within complex family dynamics and severe mental illness. DBT has been adapted by Dr Alan Fruzzetti for use with couples, parents, and families, with multiple studies demonstrating successful outcomes.

At Spectrum we have successfully incorporated couple, parent and family DBT work as an adjunct to regular DBT and have seen benefits in the person with BPD’s recovery and improvements in their relationships with others. In this training, we will teach and demonstrate both family interventions to reduce dysfunctional individual behaviour patterns, and individual DBT skills adapted for parents and partners. Prior training in DBT is recommended but not required for this workshop.


  • Zoe Gibbs (Senior Clinical Psychologist) — Spectrum
  • Sarah Wallace (Clinical Psychologist) — Spectrum

Eligibility criteria

Mental health clinicians - prior training in DBT is recommended but not required for this workshop.

Categories: Therapeutic theory & practice
Disciplines: Allied Health, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Lifespans: Adult

Thursday 22 July 2021
09:00 to 16:30
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A light lunch, morning and afternoon tea including a vegetarian selection is provided.

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