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Introduction to DBT for Emotionally Dysregulated Clients
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Monday, Aug, 09, 2021 01.00 PM to 04.15 PM EST
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Sheri Van Dijk
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW
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Sheri is a Social Worker, who has been providing DBT-informed therapy since 2004. She has authored several books that focus on helping readers learn D... Show More


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Course Description:
Note: This course is a standalone and part of a 6 Part DBT Series. For full details, click HERE

Over 75% of mental health issues described in the DSM are related to emotion dysregulation – theinability to manage emotions effectively. Given that Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was initially created to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), of which emotion dysregulation is a primary problem, it only makes sense that DBT would be effective in treating other disorders, and research in recent years is supporting this.

This workshop will provide an introduction to DBT, including the origins of the therapy, and the Biosocial Theory of how emotion dysregulation develops. You will learn about some of the research demonstrating that DBT is effective in treating disorders other than BPD. Finally, you will learn about Dialectics, and the importance of balancing validation with change with the dysregulated client; and how to effectively use validation to help clients re-regulate in session, as well as how to teach them to practice this skill on their own.
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Recall the theories underlying DBT (the BioSocial Theory, Dialectics, and Behavior Theory)
  • List at least 3 skills and strategies to help clients to get unstuck and move towardhealing
  • Understand the flexibility of DBT, and of its applicability to psychiatric illnesses other than BPD
    Sources and Resources (click to expand): 
    Aron, E. N. (1996). The highly sensitive person. New York: Broadway Books.

    Brown, Julie F. (2015) The Emotion Regulation Skills System for Cognitively Challenged Clients: A DBT-Informed Approach. New York: The Guilford Press.

    Carson-Wong, A., Hughes, C. D., & Rizvi, S. L. (2018). The effect of therapist use of validation strategies on change in client emotion in individual DBT treatmentsessions. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 9(2), 165-171.

    Harned, Melanie D., Korslund, Kathryn E., and Linehan, Marsha M. (2014). A pilotrandomized controlled trial of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with and without theDialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure protocol for suicidal and self-injuringwomen with borderline personality disorder and PTSD. Behavior Research and Therapy,Volume 55, p. 7 – 17.

    Linehan, M. M. (2014). DBT Skills Training Manual Second Edition. New York: GuilfordPress.

    Linehan, M. M. (1993a). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder.New York: Guilford Press.

    Linehan, M. M. (1997). Validation and psychotherapy. In A. Bohart & L. Greenberg (Eds.),Empathy reconsidered: New directions in psychotherapy, pp. 353–392. Washington, DC:American Psychological Association.

    Linehan, Marsha M., Korslund, Kathryn E., Harned, Melanie S., Gallop, Robert J., Lungu,Anita, Neacsiu, Andrada, McDavid, Joshua, Comtois, Katherine Anne, and Murray-Gregory,Angela. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for High Suicide Risk in Individuals with BorderlinePersonality Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial and Component Analysis. Journal ofAmerican Medical Association 72(5), (2015) 475 – 483.

    McMain S, Guimond T, Barnhart R, Habinski L, Streiner D. (2017). A randomized trial ofbrief dialectical behaviour therapy skills training in suicidal patients suffering from borderline disorder. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 35, (2): 138-148

    Miller, A. L., Rathus, J. H., &Linehan, M. M. (2007). Dialectical behavior therapy with suicidal adolescents. New York: Guilford Press.

    Perepletchikova, Francheska (in press). Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Childrenin Residential Care (DBT-C):

    Van Dijk, Sheri (2009). The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications

    Van Dijk, Sheri (2011). Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens. Oakland: NewHarbinger Publications.

    Van Dijk, Sheri (2012). Calming the Emotional Storm. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.

    Van Dijk, Sheri (2013). DBT Made Simple. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.

    Van Dijk, S., Jeffery, J., & Katz, M. R. A randomized, controlled, pilot study of Dialecticalbehavior therapy skills in a psychoeducational group for individuals with bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders 145 (2013) 386–393.

    Werner, K., & Gross, J. J. (2010). Emotion regulation and psychopathology: A conceptual framework. In A. Kring & D. Sloan (Eds.), Emotion regulation and psychopathology (pp. 13-37). New York: Guilford Press
    CE Credits:
     3 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)
    Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same credit status as live in person by New York, Maryland and many other State boards. Please confirm with your local board.
    Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: This course provides 3 Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar). 
    Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.

    ASWB ACE Approved:
    Core Wellness LLC, #1745, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Core Wellness LLC, #1745 maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/18/2020 to 05/18/2024. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education credits (in person or live online).

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    Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who complete the course. Registration is open until the course sells out (when this occurs, purchase option is disabled). We recommend signing up early to secure your spot and for early bird pricing. We provide a full refund upon request for cancellations submitted seven (7) calendar days before the webinar date. Cancellations received after that time frame will be granted: a transfer, credit or recorded webinar access, when available. For further questions, please see the FAQ section or contact us. In the rare event of a training cancellation, a notification and full refund (for the course fee only) will be automatically sent to you via your email on file.
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    The presenter and Core Wellness hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program are present. Presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales as well as sales of his/her personal books and products.


    Introduction to DBT for Emotionally Dysregulated Clients
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    • Origins of DBT: Research & Theoretical Underpinnings 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    • 15 Minute Break 02:30 PM - 02:45 PM
    • Dialectical Strategies & Behavioral Concepts 02:45 PM - 04:00 PM
    • Resources; Q&A 04:00 PM - 04:15 PM

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    Recorded Participant

    The instructor was clear and held my attention throughout the training. I appreciated the examples given.

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    Live Participant

    This training was very interesting and is something that I don't use frequently, so it was nice to learn new approaches and strategies to use with... Show More

    Tawana Wilson, LCPC
    Tawana Wilson, LCPC

    The speaker was enthusiastic and knowledgable about DBT informed practice. I loved her honesty about becoming DBT certified.

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    Live Participant

    I really appreciated hearing from Sheri about her real world use of DBT in various situations/settings. Very important for all mental health providers... Show More

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