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Principle DBT Training: An 8-Day, 40-Hour Comprehensive and Accelerated Course

Professional Workshop Details

Presented By: North Atlanta DBT, LLC and Decatur DBT, LLC

Co-Instructors: Clerissa Cooper, LPC and Lianne Stevenson, LCSW, DBT-LBC

Dates: 2020 Dates TBD

Location: Brookhaven/North Druid Hills in Atlanta, GA

Registration: 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM daily

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily

Lunch on Your Own: 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM daily

Fees: Early Registration - $1400 (Student Discount - $700)

          Regular Registration - $1600 (Student Discount - $800)

Workshop Description

This 8-day, 40-hour Principle DBT Training is a course designed to cover DBT’s comprehensive knowledge base and to improve the DBT practice of the therapist.  The ideal participant is one who has previous knowledge and exposure to DBT concepts and/or is willing to review foundational DBT treatment manuals and texts (i.e., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (Linehan, 1993a) and Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder (Linehan, 2015)).  This training will increase both the clinicians’ knowledge and  practice of adherent DBT treatment. With over 30 years of combined experience as therapists and DBT practitioners, the instructors have creatively designed a comprehensive, accelerated, and inclusive training that captures the foundational principles, concepts, and strategies of DBT treatment. This training will cover research, theory, principles, target populations, functions and modes of treatment, goals, stages, and  targets of treatment, agreements and assumptions, treatment strategies, DBT behavioral skills, suicide risk assessment and management, and consultation team. Instructors will utilize experiential and didactic techniques including role-play and homework to insure generalization of participants’ learning. Through small group break-out sessions, participants will have an opportunity to practice applying DBT strategies and receive immediate feedback from instructors. Training is conducted in two 3-day sessions and a final 2-day session.  Participants will have an opportunity to present brief case conceptualizations, develop treatment planning, and discuss individual challenges in delivering this therapy. Practice assignments will be given in between sessions and is expected to be completed in accordance with the treatment model. This training meets the minimum requirements for DBT-related didactic training hours that can be used toward DBT certification through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. Participants must attend all 8 days. Once training is completed, participants will have first priority to join an on-going,  bi-monthly training consultation team led by the instructors.

Learning Objectives

Level 1 - Participants will be able to:

  1. Review the DBT research for different populations.

  2. Identify the 5 modes of comprehensive DBT and their functions.

  3. Understand the theoretical assumptions as they apply to clients, therapists’, and the treatment modality.

  4. Explain the biosocial model of BPD/pervasive emotion dysregulation.

  5. Identify the 4 stages of DBT therapy and how to prioritize targeting problem behaviors within the stages.

  6. Understand the six levels of validation.

  7. Complete DBT pre-treatment tasks (e.g., identify client’s goals, orient to DBT, obtain commitments).

  8. Understand target hierarchies in all modes of comprehensive DBT (i.e., individual, skills group, phone coaching, psychiatric sessions, case management, and consultation team).

  9. Describe the goals of the DBT skills modules (i.e., mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.) and learn foundational skills within the modules.

  10. Understand the dialectical philosophy and its influence throughout the delivery of therapy.

  11. Learn secondary targets and their relationship to primary targets.

  12. Learn how to complete a brief DBT case conceptualization.

  13. Understand and practice using diary cards.

  14. Review and understand treatment agreements made in DBT.

  15. Practice the techniques of DBT by role-playing with observation and feedback from instructors to increase knowledge and skills application of DBT strategies and techniques.

  16. Understand and demonstrate the use of commitment strategies.

Level II - Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn and practice case management strategies (i.e., consultation-to-the-client and environmental interventions).

  2. Assess risk for suicide utilizing the Linehan Risk Assessment and Management Protocol (LRAMP), and apply DBT suicide crisis protocols.

  3. Describe the DBT problem-solving strategies (skills training, cognitive modification, exposure, contingency management).

  4. Learn how to complete a brief DBT case conceptualization.

  5. Conduct Cue Exposure and Response Prevention.

  6. Learn and utilize chain analysis to define problem behaviors and to address the factors controlling the problem behavior.

  7. Identify and explore alternate solutions to reduce and/or replace problem behaviors.

  8. Learn and practice stylistic communication strategies (i.e., reciprocal/validation and irreverent).

  9. Assess risk for suicide utilizing the Linehan Risk Assessment and Management Protocol (LRAMP), and apply DBT suicide crisis protocols.

  10. Learn how to implement cognitive restructuring and other Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies.

  11. Understand how to identify and address therapy-interfering behaviors or the client and therapist.

  12. Practice the techniques of DBT by role-playing with observation and feedback from instructors to increase knowledge and skills application of DBT strategies and techniques.

  13. Learn and demonstrate telephone coaching and other generalization strategies of DBT.

  14. Understand and demonstrate the use of commitment strategies.

  15. Complete and discuss assigned short answer questions and case questions to improve understanding and application of DBT concepts.

  16. Understand and practice using diary cards.

Level III - Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn and practice case management strategies (i.e., consultation-to-the-client and environmental interventions).

  2. Conduct Cue Exposure and Response Prevention.

  3. Understand and implement the structure of DBT consultation team.

  4. Practice participating in applying DBT concepts and strategies in consultation team meetings.

  5. Practice the techniques of DBT by role-playing with observation and feedback from instructors to increase knowledge and skills application of DBT strategies and techniques.

  6. Learn and demonstrate telephone coaching and other generalization strategies of DBT.

  7. Understand and demonstrate the use of commitment strategies.

  8. Complete and discuss assigned short answer questions and case questions to improve understanding and application of DBT concepts.

Continuing Education Hours

40 Core Hours for Professional Counselors and Social Workers (approved by LPCAGA and GSCSW)

40 Related Hours for Marriage and Family Therapists 

Fees and Registration for Fall 2019 Principle DBT Training Course

2020 Workshop Dates Coming Soon