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date: 18 April 2019

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The role of the dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) team lead is rarely discussed in the DBT academic or clinical literature. However, much implementation research and clinical experience in training and supporting teams new to DBT indicates the importance of the team lead to the correct and efficient functioning of the team itself. This chapter outlines the role of the team lead in relation to two of the functions of DBT; structuring the environment, and enhancing therapists’ capabilities and motivation. It outlines and discusses the core tasks of each of these functions for the team lead. Additionally, it describes the skills and strategies team leads need to learn and deploy to their team in the individual therapeutic and consultation team settings. Lastly, it outlines common dialectical tensions that can arise for team leads, and offers strategies for their management.

Keywords: Team lead skills, team lead strategies, structuring the environment, DBT team, team functioning

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