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Cover image for lecture: What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Lecture Overview

Originally developed to treat chronically suicidal clients living with borderline personality disorder, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is the current gold-standard choice of therapy for treating not only BPD, but many mental health conditions including substance dependence, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. In this session, mental health nurse, Geoff Ahern, teaches on the basics of DBT and how it can be so effective in helping clients to ‘live a life worth living’.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile


33 Total Rating(s)
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Shamiso Dzinavatonga
01 Apr 2020

Well presented

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Sonu merin james
20 Feb 2020


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Lisa Haviland
21 Jan 2020

Excellent resource for nurses who are exposed to patients whose behavior are impulsive and have difficulties with emotion regulation.

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Elena Keates
14 Jan 2020

Useful and informative.

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bronwyn ann beecroft
18 Dec 2019

Well thought out.

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Judy Ratajec
26 Nov 2019

Totally agree that DBT could be a therapy used across the hospital systems , mental health care plans to improve adaptive behaviours and reduce maladaptive strategies eg use of drugs and self harm. Great session

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jane prezma
24 Nov 2019

Excellent lecture, both informative and entertaining.

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Eleanor Jansen
22 Nov 2019

This course has taught me some new ways of looking at mental health and well-being of individuals with BPD and the safe approach when dealing with this type of consumer during my nursing practice.

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Michele Phillips
22 Nov 2019

excellent resource

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Mandy Page
19 Nov 2019

The information was presented with obvious knowledge and in a way that was very easy to understand