Part 1 ONLY DBT 12 Hr Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Training April, 2024

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Training Information

Part 1 of 4-Day DBT Training:  Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th, 2024.

Presenter:  Nancy Gordon, LCSW.  DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™ 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an Overview:  Treating Clients Who Experience Emotional and Behavioral Dysregulation (12 CE’s)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Linehan, 1993) was developed by Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D. at the University of Washington.  DBT was initially developed as a comprehensive, evidence-based outpatient treatment which combines cognitive behavioral theory and eastern mindfulness for adults who meet criteria for borderline personality disorder, who were also at high risk for hospitalization, life-threatening behaviors and who did not respond to standard treatments that were available.  Since then, DBT has been adapted and researched to be successful in treating people with other serious diagnoses such as eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, depression, PTSD, and others.   In addition, DBT has been adapted to be effective with other client populations such as children, adolescents, and their families.

Because of the success of DBT, programs from all levels of care; outpatient, inpatient, intensive outpatient, forensic and even school settings have incorporated the model and are using DBT to achieve more effective outcomes with recovery from mental health symptoms and behaviors.

Part 1 of this 4-Day training is designed to introduce theories and research related to DBT, and core DBT interventions and strategies to teach adaptive coping and achieve client stability.  The participant will come away from the training with a beginning understanding of this complex treatment model, specific interventions and strategies that can be utilized immediately in their practice, and where they can get more intensive training.

This training is intended for mental health professionals who are newer to DBT or are looking for a refresher to training they have had. Participants can expect to learn concepts of DBT to be delivered in an easy-to-understand lecture, engage in role-plays, and practice exercises, hear numerous case examples, to demonstrate specific techniques of DBT.  Participants who enroll in this training are asked to make a full commitment to participate in a willing manner to maximize their learning and the learning of others.

Learning Objectives
As a result of completing this training, participants can expect to:

  1. Participants will recount 2 research outcomes demonstrating the effectiveness of DBT
  2. Participants will be able to explain the Biosocial Theory
  3. Participants will describe the concept of Dialectics
  4. Participants can identify the four key modes of treatment in standard DBT
  5. Participants will describe the difference between DBT-informed and comprehensive DBT.
  6. Participants will demonstrate how to apply a Diary Card into their practice
  7. Participants will demonstrate how to apply a Behavior Chain Analysis into their practice
  8. Participants will describe the 5 modules of skills that are taught to clients and their families
  9. Participants will describe the use of at least one of the DBT commitment strategies with their clients
  10. Participants will name the change and acceptance treatment strategies.
  11. Participants will complete and practice at least one mindfulness exercise and explain the role of mindfulness in DBT
  12. Participants will share how they will incorporate DBT into their practice setting