Fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Everyday Practice
About This Course
Through didactic instruction, clinical vignettes, experiential exercises, and ample opportunity for case consultation, this interactive workshop will address both theoretical and practical features of DBT, including how to incorporate DBT skills into comprehensive treatment planning for a range of psychiatric disorders, regardless of therapists’ theoretical orientation or treatment approach. Core constructs of DBT, including biosocial theory and the role of invalidating environments in the etiology and maintenance of many emotional and behavioral disorders, will be addressed. Participants will be taught acceptance-based, behavioral change, and dialectical strategies of DBT, allowing them to increase client motivation and engagement, and incorporate proven techniques such as mindfulness, validation, functional behavioral (chain) analysis, self-monitoring (e.g., diary cards), problem solving, and contingency management into their everyday practice. Participants will learn how to blend therapist and patient creativity and authenticity to individualize interventions and develop practical solutions for managing emotion dysregulation and helping clients (and themselves) weather the ongoing storm of COVID-19. At the end of the workshop, participants will know how to facilitate development of self-care and self-compassion as “antidotes” for pervasive invalidation, as well as how to begin utilizing the four DBT skills modules (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness) when treating a wide range of psychological problems.
Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.
Session 1: July 7, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
Fundamentals of Dialectics
Biosocial Theory of emotion dysregulation
Invalidating environments and psychopathology
Problematic coping: Secondary treatment targets
DBT assumptions and treatment strategies
Session 2: July 14, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
Assessment and Case Formulation
Functional behavioral analysis: Chaining ineffective behaviors
Identifying and prioritizing treatment targets and treatment goals
Session 3: July 21, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
Behavioral Change Strategies
Strengthening the alliance: Therapist authenticity and creativity
Progress monitoring (diary card)
Session 4: July 28, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EDT
Acceptance-based strategies: Validation Dialectical strategies
Countering invalidation: Self-care and self-compassion
Session 5: August 4, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EST
Mindfulness and States of Mind
Session 6: August 11, 2021, 1 pm-3 pm EST
Participants will be able to:
- Describe biosocial theory and the role of invalidating environments in the etiology and maintenance of psychological problems related to emotion regulation.
- Integrate biosocial theory and DBT secondary treatment targets into transdiagnostic case conceptualization, assessment, and treatment planning for client-specific problems.
- Develop key mindfulness techniques and be able to utilize DBT’s three states of mind (Wise Mind, Emotion Mind, Rational Mind) to help clients increase mindfulness and self-regulation skills.
- Apply DBT core assumptions with clients to enhance motivation, individualize interventions, and strengthen the therapeutic alliance.
- Creatively utilize the therapeutic relationship and other contingency management strategies to help clients curb ineffective coping behaviors.
- Create DBT diary cards to help clients target ineffective behaviors and track skill development and progress toward treatment goals.
- Use DBT core skills modules (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness) to reduce ineffective coping and improve client functioning.
- Utilize acceptance-based, behavioral (change-based), and dialectical interventions in everyday clinical practice to improve client functioning.
- Develop strategies to increase clients’ self-care and self-compassion practices as an “antidote” for pervasive invalidation by self and others.
Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 12 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. All the planners/presenters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
Drug and Alcohol Counselors: Indicated courses have been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
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Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live online activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychologists: Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Nurses: Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Institute for Better Health is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN (Provider CEP#2672).
Educators: Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
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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.