Treating Multi-Problem Clients with ACT and DBT

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with Michel Reyes, PhD

One comprehensive treatment for difficult clinical populations, including borderline personality disorder (BPD). Whether you are more familiar with ACT or DBT, this training will make your work with complex clients more effective.

Join Michel Reyes for this directly applicable workshop that gives insight into treating your most difficult, stuck clients. In this four-session online workshop, you will learn a new approach to working with clients who suffer with multiple problems or diagnoses, including borderline personality disorder combining the most effective components of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In this online workshop, you will be introduced to new interventions including perspective taking with ACT and combine them with the skills and training modules of DBT to use a unified model that brings both ACT and DBT together seamlessly with a session structure that is guaranteed to strengthen your practice and assist you in developing new tools for working with clients who suffer from multiple problems.

Learning Objectives

Integrating ACT and DBT learning objectives:

1) Describe ACT and DBT as complementary evidence-based treatments.
2) Identify common factors and unique attributes of ACT and DBT.
3) Combine functional analysis with relational frame theory to formulate new ways of intervening with difficult clinical populations.

Using ACT and DBT as a complementary treatment protocol learning objectives:

1) Discuss pretreatment factors in creating a clinical context for change.
2) Demonstrate ability to give a DBT assessment and the ACT treatment rationale.
3) Create DBT target hierarchies with ACT processes.
4) Demonstrate ability to practice treatment skills with flexibility and flexible skillfulness.
5) Describe a session structure based on the following principles:
– Validation, states of mind, and psychological flexibility.
– An ACT consistent approach to DBT Skills Training: Chain/Solution analysis.
– ACT processes within the DBT session.
– An RFT theoretical analysis of dialectical strategies.

Michel A. Reyes Ortega, PhD, teaches ACT and DBT in Mexico’s National Autonomous University School of Medicine and is an invited professor at other Institutions in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Spain. As a consultant, he has assisted in the development of two public sector outpatient clinics for persons with severe emotion dysregulation problems (using ACT as main treatment) and coordinated the implementation of a DBT based program in 52 schools in Guadalajara Jalisco. He is co-founder of Mexico CBS & Therapy Institute where he coordinates an outpatient DBT program. He’s a certified FAP trainer/supervisor and an affiliated scientist of the University of Washington Center for the Science of Social Connection. Michel has published four books in Spanish, two manuals on emotion regulation, another on Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and co-authored a manual on ACT for grief-related problems.

This training is worth 8 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present  i.e. logged in  for live presentation(s), all Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may then access these recordings at any time for up to six months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.

All prices listed in US dollars.