Switch to Accessible Site
The future depends onwhat you do in the present
Couple Riding Bikes

Upcoming Workshops for Professionals

Introduction to DBT: Philosophy and Fundamentals

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: 2020 training dates TBD

Location: Druid Pointe Office Building in Brookhaven, 2751 Buford Hwy NE, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30324

Registration: 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM 

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Lunch on Your Own: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM 

Fees: Early Registration - $150

        Regular Registration - $165

Workshop Description

This workshop provides an understanding of the fundamental philosophy and communication strategies of DBT.  Workshop attendees will learn the modes of comprehensive DBT, underlying assumptions and dialectical philosophy, the biosocial model of pervasive emotional dysregulation, communication strategies, and applications of DBT skills modules.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

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

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

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

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

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

Continuing Education Hours

6 Core Hours for Professional Counselors (approved by LPCAGA)

6 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists 

 

Fees and Registration for Introduction to DBT

Saturday, July 27, 2019 (Early Registration through July 19th) - registration is closed

 


Turning the Corner With Resistant Clients: Strategies That Work

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: Saturday, November 2, 2019

Location: Druid Pointe Office Building in Brookhaven, 2751 Buford Hwy NE, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30324

Registration: 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM 

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

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

Fees: Early Registration - $130

        Regular Registration - $145

Workshop Description

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed specifically for working with clients who struggle to build and maintain healthy relationships with providers and clients who struggle to stay motivated to do the work that will lead to accomplishing treatment goals. This workshop will provide clinicians new tools and perspectives rooted within DBT assumptions about therapy that will allow the therapist to step out of the power struggle with the client, increase empathy for both client and self, and increase the non-judgmental stance. Workshop attendees will learn the core skills of behavior chain analysis (BCA), validation, irreverence, and appropriate self-disclosure.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize chain analysis to behaviorally and non-judgmentally identify and define client resistance as therapy-interfering behavior and/or willfulness as conceptualized in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
  2. Examine one’s own beliefs on utilizing self-disclosure and self-disclosure practices when working with clients.
  3. Understand and practice the six levels of validation and their relationship with self-disclosure.
  4. Define and appropriately utilize the strategies of self-involving self-disclosure, validation, and irreverence to diffuse client resistance and increase motivation toward positive engagement and change.

Continuing Education Hours

5 Core Hours for Professional Counselors (approved by LPCAGA)

5 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists 

 

Fees and Registration for Turning the Corner With Resistant Clients

Saturday, November 2, 2019 (Early Registration through October 12th)

 

 


Targeting and Structuring Sessions: DBT Diary Card and Behavior Chain Analysis

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: Friday, December 6, 2019

Location: Druid Pointe Office Building in Brookhaven, 2751 Buford Hwy NE, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30324

Registration: 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM 

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM 

Lunch on Your Own: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM 

Fees: Early Registration - $150

        Regular Registration - $165

Workshop Description

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed specifically for working with clients who struggle to understand and change destructive and impulsive behaviors. This workshop will provide clinicians new tools and perspectives rooted within DBT therapy to conceptualize problematic behaviors and implement solution analysis. Workshop attendees will learn how to create and use the DBT diary card, complete behavior chain analysis (BCA), and implement solution analysis.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

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

  2. Understand and practice using diary cards.

  3. Understand and implement behavioral concepts and strategies (i.e., classical conditioning, operant conditioning, reinforcement, punishment, shaping, and extinction). 

  4. 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.

Continuing Education Hours

6 Core Hours for Professional Counselors (application made to LPCAGA)

6 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists 

 

Fees and Registration for Targeting and Structuring Sessions

Friday, December, 6, 2019 (Early Registration through November 15th)

 


3-Day Workshop: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Coping Skills for Every Client

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, 2019

Location: Druid Pointe Office Building in Brookhaven, 2751 Buford Hwy NE, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30324

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 - $500*

        Regular Registration - $550*

       *Note: Registration includes copies of both Marsha Linehan's 2015 skills training manual and skills handouts/worksheets

Workshop Description

Though Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills were initially developed as a foundation to help treat  system dysregulation associated with Borderline Personality Disorder, these same coping skills have been found useful for various other populations in the clinical setting. This engaging three-day course will help any clinician gain thorough knowledge of the foundational skills from the four DBT skills modules (i.e., mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness) and learn how to utilize these skills to enhance individual, couples, and family sessions. Participants will also learn ways to approach client difficulties using skills to increase client motivation to use these skills in everyday life. Participants will also understand the components of comprehensive DBT and how to decide when a client needs more structured, formalized DBT services. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn how to teach foundational skills of the four DBT skills modules of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
  2. Learn ways to incorporate mindfulness practice into sessions and encourage clients to use mindfulness outside of sessions to increase client awareness, acceptance, and emotion regulation. 
  3. Learn ways to incorporate DBT skills into individual, couples, and family sessions.
  4. Identify common challenges of implementing DBT skills with clients and learn approaches to increase client motivation based on the underlying assumptions about clients and therapy in DBT. 
  5. Identify the 5 components of comprehensive DBT and how to determine if a client is appropriate for an increase in outpatient DBT services such as formal DBT skills group or a formal comprehensive DBT program.

Continuing Education Hours

15 Core Hours for Professional Counselors (application made to LPCAGA)

15 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists 

Fees and Registration for DBT Coping Skills for Every Client

September 27-29, 2019 (Early Registration until September 6th)

 

 

 


Principle DBT Training: A Comprehensive and Accelerated Training Course

Workshop Details

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

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

Dates: Level 1: Friday through Sunday, August 2-4, 2019

          Level II: Friday through Sunday, September 13-15, 2019

         Level III: Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2019

Location: Druid Pointe Office Building in Brookhaven, 2751 Buford Hwy NE, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30324

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

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

Professional Registration: $1300 - registration closed

 Student Registration: $800 - registration closed
 

 



Additional Information About Workshop Registration

Registration By Cash or Check: To register and pay with cash or check, please contact Clerissa Cooper directly by phone (404-408-2950) or email ([email protected]).

To register and pay with any major credit card, please select the "Add to Cart" option below. You will be sent directly to PayPal's website.

Registration Confirmation: Your PayPal confirmation email is your workshop confirmation if you registered via PayPal. Only if you registered by Cash or Check will you receive a separate email confirmation directly from North Atlanta DBT, LLC.

Early Registration Deadline: Registration and payment must be received (or postmarked by the U.S. Post Office or other Mail/Package Carrier) no less than 3 weeks prior to the date of the workshop to receive the Early Registration Discount unless noted differently in the workshop description.

Refund Policy: Effective May 2019, no refunds will be issued. Individuals will receive a credit toward a future workshop. Should you have any questions regarding our workshop refund policy, please contact us at [email protected]

Weather Cancellation Policy : All scheduled workshops will take place on the specified date and time unless a "State of Emergency" is declared for greater than 50% of the State of Georgia, to include Henry, Gwinnett, Fulton, and DeKalb counties. In such cases, the workshop will be rescheduled to a future date, and a monetary credit will be transferred from the original date to the newly rescheduled date. If you are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, a credit shall remain on file for 12-months. Refunds will not be given for any weather-related event. 

CE Certificate Replacement Fee : In the event you fail to obtain or misplace your CE certificate for any continuing education workshop offered by North Atlanta DBT, you have 1 year to request your certificate free of charge. If you are requesting certificate replacement for a workshop held more than 1 year after the date of the workshop, a $20.00 CE certificate replacement fee will be imposed and must be paid in full prior to North Atlanta DBT issuing the replacement certificate. 

Returned Check Fee: Please note that there will be a $35.00 returned check fee if a personal or business check used to pay for a workshop is returned for any reason (e.g. insufficient funds, account closed, etc.).