Document Your CPD Online for Free

All of your CPD, all in one place.

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’.


Portrait of Geoffrey Ahern
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


26 Total Rating(s)
Generic portrait
Elena Keates
14 Jan 2020

Useful and informative.

Generic portrait
bronwyn ann beecroft
18 Dec 2019

Well thought out.

Generic portrait
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

Generic portrait
jane prezma
24 Nov 2019

Excellent lecture, both informative and entertaining.

Portrait of Eleanor Jansen
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.

Generic portrait
Michele Phillips
22 Nov 2019

excellent resource

Generic portrait
Mandy Page
19 Nov 2019

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

Generic portrait
Mary Wyn
13 Nov 2019


Generic portrait
Catherine Papadopoulos
08 Nov 2019

Excellent lecture with great resources and references

Portrait of Colin Gardiner
Colin Gardiner
08 Nov 2019

Excellent presentation