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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


14 Total Rating(s)
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Mary Wyn
13 Nov 2019


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Catherine Papadopoulos
08 Nov 2019

Excellent lecture with great resources and references

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Colin Gardiner
08 Nov 2019

Excellent presentation

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Jennifer O'Hara
07 Nov 2019


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sue holmes
03 Nov 2019


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Andrew Markula
01 Nov 2019

Again another great lecture and resource for BPD management. Thank you.

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Daryl Stuart
31 Oct 2019

Interesting presentation in both content and how it was presented. Professionally delivered and good coverage of subject for the time allotted. Thank you.

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Sara Whincup
30 Oct 2019

The teacher was enthusiastic and full of life, he had a positive outlook and had a strong background in mental health, and an understanding of what it takes for a mental health patient to create significant benefits in their life.