Essentia Health invites individuals, who have signed up for or are interested in commencing a DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) program, to participate in Essentia Health’s waitlist program. The program seeks to support individuals looking to enter a full DBT program to achieve their therapeutic goals. As part of the Australian DBT Institute’s clinical trial of the waitlist program at Essentia Health Brighton, participants can access the eight-week program waitlist program FREE of charge. Participation in this clinical trial is voluntary and individuals are free to withdraw from the research anytime without needing to provide any explanation, nor will individuals receive any penalty or bias as a result of their withdrawal. Should an individual decide to withdraw from the waitlist program, all the information collected from/about the individual will be destroyed and will not be used in the research.

The program runs for eight weeks, with individuals attending up to 14 sessions as part of the program. Sessions include three assessment and planning sessions, six group sessions, four individual sessions, and a final review session.

Although there is no expectation for individuals to enter a DBT program after the waitlist program, the option for commencing DBT will be available to participants.

FAQ about this Clinical Trial

What is this research about?

The study aims to find out how well the Australian DBT Institute’s Waitlist program for DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) works compared to the traditional commitment sessions in DBT. This research is organised and paid for by the Australian DBT Institute itself, and no other outside sources of funding or conflicts of interest are involved.

What will I need to do?

Participants will be involved in the program for eight weeks, attending a total of 14 sessions. These sessions include three assessment and planning sessions, six group sessions, four individual sessions, and a final review session.

You can attend the sessions online or in person at Essentia Health’s Brighton VIC Clinic.

There are no fees for participating in any of the sessions, and you will not be charged. We appreciate your participation and offer the sessions as a way of saying thank you.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Participating in the DBT Waitlist program may offer several benefits to participants:

  1. Preparedness: By taking part in the program, you will become well-prepared for a full DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) program. This preparation can help you understand the therapy better and be ready to make the most of the upcoming therapy.
  2. Support: You will receive support from individual therapists and group sessions, which can be valuable in managing emotional challenges and building better coping skills.
  3. Therapeutic Skills: You will learn essential skills, such as mindfulness, crisis management, and identifying personal resources, which can be beneficial in your daily life and emotional well-being.
  4. Improved Mental Health: Participation can lead to improvements in your mental health and emotional well-being. It provides an opportunity to work on issues and concerns with the help of trained professionals.
  5. No Cost: All the sessions are offered without any fees, ensuring access to valuable resources without a financial burden.
  6. Better Outcomes: Being well-prepared and supported before entering a full DBT program can lead to more successful outcomes and a higher likelihood of achieving your therapeutic goals.

Overall, participating in the DBT Waitlist program can help you develop important skills and receive support that may positively impact your mental health and your journey towards emotional well-being.

What are the possible risks and disadvantages of taking part?

While the DBT Waitlist program offers several potential benefits, it’s important to consider some of the possible risks and disadvantages of participating:

  1. Time Commitment: The program spans eight weeks and involves multiple sessions, which may require a significant time commitment. This could be challenging for individuals with busy schedules.
  2. No Immediate DBT Therapy: This program is designed to prepare participants for a full DBT program, but it does not provide the full therapy itself. If you’re in immediate need of DBT therapy, the waitlist program may not provide the level of support required.
  3. Unforeseen Emotional Responses: Engaging in therapy can sometimes lead to unexpected emotional responses, which may require additional support.
  4. Not a Standalone Treatment: The waitlist program is designed to complement a full DBT program and may not be a complete solution for all individuals. You may need additional forms of therapy or support.

It’s essential to discuss these risks and disadvantages with your individual therapist to make an informed decision about participation and to ensure that it aligns with your specific needs and circumstances.

What will happen to the information about me?

All information collected about you will remain confidential.

It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published and/or presented in a variety of forms. In any publication and/or presentation, information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified, except with your expressed permission.

What will happen if I decide to withdraw?

Your participation in this research is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the research anytime without needing to provide any explanation, and you would not receive any penalty or bias as a result of your withdrawal. Should you decide to withdraw, all the information collected from/about you will be destroyed and will not be used in the research.

Can I hear about the results of this research?

The results of this research will be published on our website at and any publications or presentations related to the data collected will be announced on the same website.

Who can I contact if I have any concerns about the project?

This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The Australian DBT Institute and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with the lead researcher is contactable on email: if you would like to speak to an officer of the Institute not involved in the study, you may contact Dianne Denny on +61 3 9070 0872 or email:

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