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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Conference: Practice-Based Intensive DBT Training (Only Discs 1-6)

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has evolved from the go-to treatment for borderline personality disorder to one of the most recognized and sought after therapies for a variety of difficult to treat client problems. The increasing pressure to adopt treatments that work makes DBT skills and strategies a must-have for all types of therapists.

This conference will teach you DBT from theory to application with up-to-date, accessible teaching and experiential exercises that emphasize evidence-based practice and therapeutic factors rather than rote adherence to a manual.

In this seminar recording, therapists of all levels will learn DBT essentials to integrate into your own practice, to confidently practice from a DBT orientation, and to continue their own personal development as a DBT therapist.

Grounding DBT into the contextual model of therapy, author and international speaker Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP, DBTC will show you how to customize this empirically supported treatment across settings and populations to make it work for you and your clients.


Developing the Foundation

  • Describe DBT from the contextual model of therapy
  • Evaluate DBT research in light of the contextual model and the Evidence-Based Practice of Psychology (EBPP)
  • Connect DBT philosophies and interventions to the therapeutic factors that most improve outcomes
  • Explain dialectic philosophies and their application in therapy
  • Demonstrate how the core assumptions of DBT are put into action
  • Explain how DBT theory drives interventions
  • Develop the fluid movement between validation and change strategies
  • Integrate mindfulness into therapy (and your own life)
  • Implement an effective therapy structure that includes identifying clear treatment targets
Skills Training
  • Effectively integrate skills training into therapy
  • Identify teaching strategies for skills training sessions
  • Effectively teach the 4 standard DBT skills modules
  • Explain and teach supplemental DBT skills and modules
  • Practice skills training techniques in small groups
  • Describe how to seamlessly integrate skills into individual therapy
DBT Therapy
  • Summarize DBT from cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other approaches
  • Practice a multi-layered approach to validation
  • Balance validation with the most effective (and practical) methods of behavior change
  • Practice reciprocal and irreverent communication styles
  • Demonstrate the key differences between traditional cognitive interventions and DBT-style cognitive interventions
  • Practice therapy techniques with effective pacing, balance, and flow
  • Determine when to use (and not to use) exposure techniques
Managing Challenging Behaviors
  • Master DBT diary cards and chain (change) analysis
  • Effectively participate with consultative groups and treatment teams
  • Assess and manage self-injurious and suicidal behaviors with clear protocols and safety plans
  • Establish clear plans for hospitalizations
  • Establish a plan for your further development as a DBT therapist
  • Describe how you will use DBT in your practice

Developing the Foundation
  • Essentials of DBT
    1. Explicit focus on validation
    2. Cognitive-behavioral change strategies
    3. Dialectical balance
    4. Skills training
    5. Mindfulness
    6. Consultative approach
  • DBT and the Contextual Model
    1. Understanding how therapy works
    2. Six decades of empirical research
    3. E vidence-based practice
    4. Maximizing therapeutic factors, DBT-style
  • Dialectics in Practice
    1. Dialectics explained
    2. Dialectic assumptions
    3. Dialectics in action
  • Core Assumptions of DBT
    1. Acceptance and nonjudgmental stance
    2. View of clients, therapists, and therapy
    3. What’s needed in a DBT clinical process
  • Biosocial Model
    1. Biosocial theory of difficulties
    2. How theory drives therapy
  • Mindfulness and DBT
    1. Mindfulness explained
    2. Mindfulness of the approach
    3. Mindfulness as a therapy technique
    4. Mindfulness in life
  • Getting Started: Structuring Therapy
    1. Structure as a therapeutic factor
    2. Structuring the therapy environment
    3. Identifying treatment targets: suicidality, self-injurious behavior (SIB), therapy-interfering behavior (TIB), and other targets
  • Making It Practical: Structuring Your Therapy or Program
Skills Training
  • Skills Training
    1. Integrating skills into therapy
    2. Using skills to develop new behaviors
  • Mindfulness: The Path to Wise Mind
    1. What skills: observe describe, participate
    2. How skills: nonjudgmental, one-mindful, effectively
    3. Mindfulness practice and application
  • Teaching Dialectics
    1. Identify dialectical dilemmas
    2. Activate Wise Mind action
  • Distress Tolerance
    1. Wise mind ACCEPTS
    2. IMPROVE the Moment
    3. Pros and cons
    4. Radical Acceptance/turning the mind
  • Emotion Regulation
    1. Model of Emotions
    2. PLEASED
    3. Build positive experiences
    4. Opposite action
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
    1. FAST skills
    2. GIVE skills
    3. DEAR MAN skills
  • Other Skill Modules
    1. Boundaries
    2. Problem-solving
DBT Therapy
  • Validation
    1. Multi-layered approach to validation
    2. Validation as an exposure technique
    3. Balance of validation and change
  • Change Interventions
    1. Behavioral principals
    2. Contingency procedures
    3. Best behavior change methods
    4. DBT-style cognitive interventions
  • Exposure Techniques
    1. When to use (and not to use)
    2. E xposure protocols
    3. Alternatives to exposure
  • Communication Styles
    1. Reciprocal
    2. Irreverent
Managing Challenging Behaviors
  • Diary Cards: Standard and Adapted Behavior Chain (Change) Analysis
    1. Getting the client on board
    2. Build awareness and options
  • Consultative Group and Treatment Teams
    1. Increase your motivation
    2. Develop effective responses
    3. Qualities of effective treatment teams
  • Assess and Manage Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB)
    1. SIB assessment techniques
    2. When is SIB life-threatening?
    3. Creating alternatives
  • Assess and Manage Suicidal Ideation (SI)
    1. Suicide assessment techniques
    2. Establishing safety protocols
    3. Safety plans and safety commitments
  • Hospitalization Issues
    1. Effective use of the hospital
    2. Transitions in and out
  • Next Steps
    1. What you learned and what you need
    2. Developing your plan
    3. Taking action
Length: 12 DVD(s)
Duration: 22 hours, 14 minutes
This self-study package qualifies for 24.0 contact hours. NOTE: CE Certificates are available for $39.99. 

Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP, DBTC, is the author of The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Manual: Practical DBT for Self Help, and Individual & Group Settings. He is also the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA), the first active organization to certify DBT therapists and accredit
DBT programs.
He is the co-owner of Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS), one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the Midwest, and has overseen the care of thousands of clients with co-morbid Axis I and II in an intensive outpatient setting. He has extensive experience developing DBT programs and is an in-demand international speaker and consultant, having trained over a thousand professionals in DBT and personality disorders.
Dr. Pederson is an outspoken advocate of evidence-based practice and “doing what works” with clients across diverse settings and levels of care.
Knowledgeable, humorous, and sometimes irreverent, he is highly rated by audiences for making treatment concepts accessible to therapists.


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