DBT Made Simple

Helping Clients with Emotion Dysregulation

12
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW Social worker and author

About This Course

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally created to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders because of its usefulness in treating clients who struggle to manage emotions. Following an introduction to DBT, the theories underlying this treatment (the Biosocial Theory, Behavior Theory, and Dialectics) and how DBT differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how this treatment can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role.

Through lecture and experiential exercises, you will explore the four modules of DBT skills (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) and learn how to teach these skills to your clients. You will learn how to format DBT sessions based on the Behavioral Analysis and the DBT Diary Card, in order to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need and to thoroughly analyze problem behaviors in order to eliminate them. In addition, Sheri will introduce DBT strategies to help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, get clients unstuck in session, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.

Sheri is known for her humor and down-to-earth style, and her ability to de-mystify DBT, making it less intimidating and taking a dialectical approach to the treatment, making it more user-friendly for clinicians to learn and incorporate into their practice. If you’ve been curious about DBT but have been too daunted to give it a try, this workshop series is for you!

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.

Schedule

Session Listing

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

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Explain the origins of DBT, and the difference between DBT, CBT, and ACT
  2. Describe the basics of Dialectics and some of the ways this plays out in session, including helping therapists balance acceptance and change.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Describe the DBT Core Mindfulness skills: States of Mind, the “What” Skills & “How” Skills
  6. Describe willfulness and the strategies to use with your clients to help them get to a more willing place
  7. 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.
  8. Use tools such as the Tracking Sheet and the Behavioral Analysis to increase structure in sessions and to help clients move toward change.
  9. Describe the role of mindfulness in emotion regulation
  10. 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.
  11. Define dialectical thinking and a balanced approach to relationships.

Continuing Education

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.

  • 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 13 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.

  • Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 12 clinical continuing education credits.
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors:This course has been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • National Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • NY Social Workers:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467
  • NY Counselors:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.
  • NY Psychologists:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.

Prerequisites

None

Audience

Mental health professionals (beginner level with no to little prior knowledge of DBT)

Recommended Reading

None

References

Linehan, Marsha M., Korslund, Kathryn E., Harned, Melanie S., Gallop, Robert J., Lungu, Anita, Neacsiu, Andrada, McDavid, Joshua, Comtois, Katherine Anne, and Murray-Gregory, Angela. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for High Suicide Risk in Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial and Component Analysis. Journal of American Medical Association 72(5), (2015) 475 – 483.

2) Carson-Wong, A., Hughes, C. D., & Rizvi, S. L. (2018). The effect of therapist use of validation strategies on change in client emotion in individual DBT treatment sessions. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 9(2), 165-171.

3) Van Dijk, S., Jeffery, J., & Katz, M. R. A randomized, controlled, pilot study of Dialectical behavior therapy skills in a psychoeducational group for individuals with bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders 145 (2013) 386–393.

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.