DBT Made Simple
Helping Clients with Emotion Dysregulation
About This Course
Every human being has encountered emotion dysregulation at times.
But for some, the struggle to cope with powerful negative emotions is a debilitating and ongoing problem.
It can put a strain on relationships, bury them in self-blame and judgment, and throw them into cycles of avoidance that only compound the painful feelings from which they try to escape.
Clients such as these can enter into therapy mired in an array of complex and overlapping issues, and often are simply not yet ready to take on changes in their behavior.
It can be really discouraging to help someone who is “stuck” like this — especially for practitioners whose approach is oriented around enacting lasting change based on specific diagnoses.
For practitioners and clients alike, they often can’t see a way out.
In complex situations like these, practitioners need the tools to help clients better understand their emotional experiences, and powerful strategies that can lay the groundwork for transformational healing.
This is the approach at the heart of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
While it was originally created to help people with borderline personality disorder, its applications extends far beyond that. DBT provides practical, compassion-based strategies for a broad range of conditions in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role — such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
With DBT, you can teach your clients powerful emotion regulation skills to help them break free of stuck patterns, get through crisis situations, and live richer, freer lives.
In our new live online course, DBT Made Simple, you’ll learn the core principles of DBT and how to teach these skills to your clients.
Led by Sheri Van Dijk, a social worker, author, and expert in the clinical application of DBT, this course will give you the tools to bring DBT into your work so that you can help your clients develop ways to break free from the paralyzing effect of emotion dysregulation.
Sheri will guide you through the underlying theories of DBT and show you sets of teachable skills that can be integrated into your current approach. She’ll then show you how to teach your clients these skills to help them get through difficult situations without getting stuck or making them worse.
You’ll learn simple yet powerful validation techniques that can build stronger rapport and help clients feel seen, understood, and ready for change. And you’ll learn a framework for assessing which skills will be the most helpful for a particular client, as well as when and how to teach these new skills.
Through in-depth lectures and experiential exercises, you’ll learn…
- How to apply DBT skills to a range of diagnoses and other problems of daily living (such as low self-esteem, difficulties managing anger)
- Tools to increase structure in sessions and to help clients move toward change
- Behavior Theory techniques to help clients understand what might be maintaining their problem behaviors and to get unstuck from these ingrained patterns
- Ways to improve your own sense of efficacy in therapy, and reduce the likelihood of experiencing burnout
Join us inside the course to learn how DBT can help free your stuck clients so they can move forward in their lives.
The first 75 people to enroll in this course will receive a free digital copy of DBT Made Simple. Limit one per person. Digital copies will be distributed via email containing a unique link on the first day of the course, February 10, 2022.
This training is worth 12 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.
Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.
Session 1: February 10, 2022, 2 pm-4 pm EST
Explain the origins of DBT, and the difference between ACT, CBT, and DBT
Describe the DBT Model of Treatment
List the stages of treatment
Describe the Biosocial Theory of emotion dysregulation in order to develop a better understanding of clients, and in order to use this as an intervention so clients can better understand and validate themselves
Understand how to use a Diary Card and how to develop an agenda for the individual session to create structure for your dysregulated clients
Describe the basics of Dialectics and some of the ways this plays out in session, including helping therapists balance acceptance and change.
Session 2: February 17, 2022, 2 pm-4 pm EST
Use validation to help de-escalate clients during session
Learn irreverence and other dialectical strategies to help clients get unstuck during session
Be able to use behavioral principles to help move clients in the direction of positive changes
Understand how to use a Behavioral Analysis to help clients analyze problematic behaviors in order to make lasting changes
Session 3: February 24, 2022, 2 pm-4 pm EST
Explain how mindfulness is helpful for clients with emotion dysregulation
Understand the importance of practicing mindfulness ourselves, as clinicians
Describe the DBT Core Mindfulness skills: States of Mind, the “What” Skills & “How” Skills
Understand how the Core Mindfulness skills assist in emotion regulation and learn some strategies to teach these to your clients
Session 4: March 3, 2022, 2 pm-4 pm EST
Describe reality acceptance skills to help clients reduce the likelihood of crises arising over time, and to help improve emotion regulation
Understand how the F-TIP Skills help clients to quickly re-regulate emotions
Describe Distracting, Self-Soothing, and Improve the Moment skills to help clients not act on urges that will make the situation worse.
Learn how to do a DBT Pros and Cons to help clients strengthen commitment to goals and get to their internal wisdom
Session 5: March 10, 2022, 2 pm-4 pm EST
Describe the role of mindfulness in emotion regulation
Understand the importance of accurately naming and validating emotions
Understand the importance of building positive experiences to generate pleasurable emotions, including goal-setting and acting from values
Define Opposite to Emotion Action and be able to apply this to a variety of emotions
Understand how to use the skill of Cope Ahead
Session 6: March 17, 2022, 2 pm-4 pm EST
Teach clients to assertively communicate
Define dialectical thinking and a balanced approach to relationships.
Define the role of mindfulness and behavior theory in relationships
Be able to help clients make choices about relationships from their internal wisdom
Participants will be able to:
- Explain the origins of DBT, and the difference between DBT, CBT, and ACT
- Describe the basics of Dialectics and some of the ways this plays out in session, including helping therapists balance acceptance and change.
- Discuss how to teach your clients the four sets of DBT skills to help them get through crisis situations without making the situation worse; to manage their emotions more effectively; and to develop and maintain healthier relationships.
- Discuss how to apply DBT skills to a range of psychiatric illnesses and other problems of daily living (such as low self-esteem, difficulties managing anger).
- Describe the DBT Core Mindfulness skills: States of Mind, the “What” Skills & “How” Skills
- Describe willfulness and the strategies to use with your clients to help them get to a more willing place
- Describe dialectical strategies to assist clients who are “stuck” in therapy, resulting in inertia or unhealthy mechanisms of escape and avoidance, and how these strategies can lead to transformational healing.
- Use tools such as the Tracking Sheet and the Behavioral Analysis to increase structure in sessions and to help clients move toward change.
- Describe the role of mindfulness in emotion regulation
- Describe how to apply Behavior Theory techniques to help clients understand what might be maintaining their problem behaviors and to get unstuck from these ingrained patterns.
- Define dialectical thinking and a balanced approach to relationships.
Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and is approved for 12 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
Joint Accreditation: In support of improving patient care, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
- IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 12 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
- Nursing: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this activity for a maximum of 12 ANCC contact hours.
- Physicians: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychologists: Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs.
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Refund and Cancellation Policy
We understand, sometimes things come up!
Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.