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’.
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