DBT Consultation Teams

One required component of a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program is therapist consultation. In small groups, DBT therapists meet to discuss their work, receive support, and learn from one another.

A recent qualitative study examined such groups, interviewing nine DBT therapists using semi-structured interviews. The authors analyzed the data to discover what the experience of such consultation is like, and four themes emerged. First, the DBT clinicians discussed the role of consultation in developing knowledge and expertise about practicing DBT. Second, they discussed the emotional impact of their work with DBT clients, many of whom have borderline personality disorder (BPD). Third, they discussed team dynamics, such as the bonding process and the impact of changes in membership. Fourth, they discussed the importance of DBT consultation in maintaining motivation.

Generally, those participating in DBT consultation teams described the meetings as education, supportive, and useful for helping to regulate emotions.