3.1 Behavioural training

Behavioural training is based on cognitive behaviouristic approach. It is applicable for perpetrators of one-directional dynamic – abusive partnership. It is not applicable for bi-directional dynamics.


Methods used in the behavioural training are influenced by various methods of behavioural therapy, for example DBT – dialectical behaviour therapy, developed by Marsha Linehan. Her approach originally aims at people (mostly women) with borderline personality disorders and a high risk of parasuicide (e.g. intentionally self-harming). DBT is nowadays used to treat clients with eating disorders, juveniles or within the penitentiary system. It aims at supporting people to skilfully solve problems with emotion regulation and related dysfunctions: DBT treats patient’s rigid thinking processes, deficits in adaptive coping skills and excesses of maladaptive coping skills.  Other modules can be found in more communication oriented approaches, like NLP – neuro lingustic programming. It was developed by Richard Bandler und John Grinder, who tried to find out more about the tremendous success of American therapists like Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson and Fritz Pearls. Bandler and Grinder analysed their communication patterns and finally developed NLP. In NLP it is assumed that behaviour makes sense in a certain context. One of the main NLP interventions is to put behaviour in new contexts. NLP can be used in conflict mediation and/or couple counselling. Whereas DBT aims at the individual, NLP focuses on interaction. A third influence can be found in Anti-Aggression-Trainings which aim explicitly at anger management. While even in behavioural therapy individual sessions play an important part, the behavioural training focuses on groups and promotes group dynamics which promote changes of individual behaviour. Finally, social training contains modules aiming at social factors like attitudes toward men, women and lesbian women. Those modules aim at disclosing societal norms in individual attitudes and behaviour and promote their change.

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European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Family, Seniors, Women and Youth.

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