Presented by Nancy Gordon, LCSW.  DBT-LBC Certified Clinician

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT, 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, and life-threatening behaviors. 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.

This 15-hour training is designed to provide an introduction to theories related to DBT, a review of the skills that are taught, 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.


1. Participants will recount 2 research outcomes demonstrating the effectiveness of DBT
2. Participants will be able to explain the Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder
3. Participants will describe the concept of Dialectics
4. Participants will be able to name DBT researchedadaptations for other settings, diagnoses
and populations
5. Participants will identify the four key modes of treatment in DBT
6. Participants will demonstrate how to apply the interventions of a Diary Card and a Behavior
Chain Analysis into their practice
7. Participants will describe the five modules of skills that are taught to clients and their families
8. Participants will describe the use of at least one of the DBT commitment strategies with clients.
9. Participants will describe the role of mindfulness and practice 2 mindfulness exercises
10. Participants will share how they will incorporate DBT into their practice setting

Registration for this Workshop has ended. Please visit for upcoming workshops or contact for more information.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Overview: Treating Clients Who Experience Emotional and Behavioral Dysregulation (Virtual, 15 CE’s)