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January 16, 2018

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is the leading evidence based therapy for the treatment of individuals with chronic and severe emotional dysregulation, including those with borderline personality disorder.  Currently there are 26 published randomized controlled trials supporting this treatment for adults and adolescents with a variety of psychiatric disorders in a variety of treatment settings. 

Originally designed as an outpatient clinic treatment, it has been adapted to inpatient, partial hospital, day hospital, forensic hospital, prison, residential, middle school, high school, and other community settings.  DBT relies on cognitive behavioral therapy approaches to change stubborn behavioral patterns, mindfulness and validation to address suffering and imbalance, and dialectical strategies based in dialectical philosophy to address rigidity, opposition, and stuckness.

This workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to DBT.  This will include an overview, an up-to-date summary of the evidence base, a discussion of the underlying principles and theory of the treatment, a description of the way to structure DBT in a treatment setting, a presentation of the core strategies of DBT including demonstrations through video or role play, and an introduction to the DBT skills.


January 16, 2018