Dialectical Behavior Therapy - it’s not just for Borderline Personality Disorder anymore!
Use DBT to treat emotion dysregulation in your clients
Help your clients get “unstuck” in therapy, and move them toward healing and recovery
Learn the four modules of DBT and how to effectively teach these skills to your clients
Join DBT expert Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, and learn how to use dialectical behavior therapy to treat clients with difficulties managing or regulating their emotions.
DBT is a tried and true method of treating emotion dysregulation, regardless of diagnosis. This seminar will make DBT more accessible to you the clinician. With emphasis on the flexibility and adaptability of DBT, you will improve your ability to use DBT skills with clients experiencing a variety of mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. In this workshop, DBT will be de-mystified and you will learn how to use this highly effective and flexible therapy to better treat your clients and achieve positive results.
Through lecture and experiential exercises, you will explore the four modules of DBT: Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Get the tools and strategies you need to improve the therapeutic relationship and prevent burn-out. Sheri’s practical, inspiring, and highly praised seminar will give you evidence-based skills that can be immediately put into practice.
Describe the biosocial theory and how this applies to BPD and other disorders of emotion dysregulation.
Explain new ways of conceptualizing emotion dysregulation and the behaviors associated with this to reduce therapist feelings of burn-out and ineffectiveness.
Explain the basics of dialectics and some dialectical strategies for the individual session to help get clients unstuck and to build the therapeutic alliance.
Discuss behavior theory and the importance of these concepts to building stronger relationships with clients, and to assist clients in making behavioral changes.
Demonstrate tools for the individual session to help clients develop insight and move toward positive change.
Demonstrate a variety of mindfulness techniques to make mindfulness more understandable and acceptable to clients.
Develop a more in-depth understanding of mindfulness through discussion of Core Mindfulness skills.
Explain skills in the Emotion Regulation module to give clinicians a basic understanding of how to teach these skills to clients to regulate emotions more effectively.
Demonstrate the distress tolerance skills that will help clients survive crisis situations and learn how to not act on urges.
Discuss Interpersonal Effectiveness skills and the importance of increasing and maintaining positive relationships in clients lives.
Discuss how these skills can be helpful in treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions and problems.
Demonstrate through discussion and exercises how to bring these skills together in treatment to help clients move toward healing.
THE FOUNDATIONS OF DBT
The Biosocial Theory and Emotional Dysregulation
Re-conceptualize BPD as a disorder of dysregulation
Emotion dysregulation in BPD and other psychiatric illnesses
Understand behaviors in context
Incorporate a Dialectical Perspective into Treatment
Reduce therapist burn-out and power struggles with clients through balanced thinking
Strategies to help clients get unstuck
Using a Dialectical framework across clinical populations
Dialectical dilemmas for clients
Dialectical dilemmas with adolescents and families
The “B” in DBT: Changing Unhealthy Behaviors
Teach clients how to recognize their behaviors by teaching them about behavioral principles
STRATEGIES FOR THE INDIVIDUAL THERAPIST:
Using a DBT Diary Card and Structuring the Individual Session
Make the DBT diary card a foundation of individual sessions
Agenda-setting: provide structure to emotionally dysregulated clients
Observing limits procedures to reduce likelihood of therapist burn-out and model healthy relationships for clients
Using Behavioral Analysis and Solution Analysis to supercharge problem solving
The Elements of DBT Style
Reciprocal communication: validation and therapist self-disclosure
What they are
How to use them in sessions with clients
Suicide Risk Assessment and Management
Use research evidence to assess and manage suicide risk
DBT Skills Coaching
Providing consultation to the client between sessions
Improve skills generalization to all necessary environments
DBT Consultation Teams
Structure and Function of DBT consultation teams
Use the consultation team to stay adherent to DBT
Use the consultation team to reduce burnout
What to do if you don’t have a consultation team
THE FOUR SKILLS MODULES
1. Mindfulness Skills and Strategies
Teach clients to increase awareness as away to decrease emotional suffering
Implement mindfulness to increase awareness and change problem behaviors
Teach mindfulness to a variety of client populations
2. Emotion Regulation Skills
Understand the “Emotion Mill”
Reduce vulnerability to emotions through lifestyle changes
Teach clients to offset emotional pain by building joy into their lives and being mindful of the current emotion
Use Opposite Action and Mood-Independent Behavior to regulate emotions
3. Distress Tolerance Skills
Help your clients get through crisis situations without making things worse by:
Considering advantages and disadvantages
Costs and benefits of problem behaviors
Skills to help manage stress and crises more effectively
Teach your clients to Reality Acceptance skills
4. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
Teach clients to:
Form and maintain safe, healthy and balanced relationships
Set and prioritize goals in interpersonal interactions
Become more assertive
DBT Skills Training with Adolescents
Walking the Middle Path Skills
Options for Skills Training
Teaching skills in a group format: What to do and how to do it
Teaching skills individually
About the Speaker:
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, is a Canadian social worker who works both in private practice and in a community hospital, with clients diagnosed with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and co-morbid substance abuse. Sheri has had extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and provides DBT-informed therapy in both individual and group settings.
Sheri is the author of DBT Made Simple (New Harbinger 2012), a book that teaches clinicians the "ins and outs" of providing DBT to clients with mixed psychiatric diagnoses. She has also written The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, and Calming the Emotional Storm, and is co-author of The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. The focus of these books is on teaching clients how to use mindfulness practice and DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives.
Sheri is the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT with bipolar disorder, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in 2010, and this article is to be published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Continuing Education Information:
For U.S. and Canadian customers, CE is available for $20.00 USD per participant. International CE rates may vary; please contact PESI Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.