DBT Consultation Team
Goal: To help team members apply the principles of DBT, speak a common language, and work from the DBT model.
- Make a commitment to be on-time, come prepared, listen with mindful intention, and stay focused on the common goal.
- Share responsibility and liability for the outcomes of all clients treated by the team, which fosters an atmosphere of active problem solving.
- Practice DBT skills in our own lives, especially in therapy with clients and at work with DBT team but also enough to make them reality-based for application in therapy with clients.
Six DBT Consultation Team Agreements
- Dialectical Agreement:
Bring openness to varying viewpoints; no absolute truth; reality in the study of the dialectical and the middle path.
Primary goal of team is to improve our own skills as CBT therapists; agree not to treat clients as fragile; treat team members as capable of speaking for themselves.
- Consistency agreement:
Agree to accept diversity and change as they occur.
- Observing limits agreement:
Observe our own limits; agree not to judge or criticize other members for having different limits from our own.
- Phenomenological empathy:
Agree to search for nonpejorative or phenomenologically empathic interpretations of our clients’, our own, and each other’s behavior.
- Fallibility agreement:
We are each fallible and make mistakes…truly absorb that and live it with compassion.