DBT Individual Therapy Series

DBT Individual Therapy Series-With Elizabeth Plante, LMHC

 

*This training will be conducted ONLINE in 6 half-day sessions for $500 including CEUs. Please note, to receive CEU credit you must attend all 6 sessions in the series.

DBT Individual Therapy is the modality that tailors the skills learned in group to the individual, while also targeting specific behaviors to reduce, such as self-injury and suicide. This 6-part series provides comprehensive training and will progressively build your skills.

Participants will develop a full understanding of all aspects of DBT individual therapy including: treatment planning based on a hierarchy of treatment targets, the use of diary cards, identifying and addressing therapy interfering behaviors (client and therapist), conducting chain analyses, and helping the person to generalize the skills learned in skills training. Treatment strategies specific to DBT will be addressed. Dialectics and balancing DBT strategies will also be discussed.

Participants are urged to purchase and read Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan prior to attending the training. This book will be an integral part of the curriculum and is available on Amazon.com.

Please note: The Individual Therapy Series assumes that participants have a sound understanding of the DBT skills. While the skills will be discussed, they will not be taught during this series. Those new to DBT are strongly encouraged to attend our DBT Skills Training Series or have similar training before registering for this series. Please contact traininginstitute@openskycs.org or 508-755-0333 if you have questions about your readiness for this training.        

DBT Individual Therapy Trainings:

Part 1: Thursday, March 10, 2022, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM    

Overview of DBT, Orientation and Commitment Strategies-

This training will help participants gain an understanding of the model of DBT as well as to understand dialectics. Participants will gain an understanding of the Biosocial Theory that drives the treatment and learn how to apply it to a client. Beginning treatment with a client and gaining commitment in treatment will also be covered. 

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the conceptual framework of DBT Individual Therapy
  • Understand how to develop the client’s commitment to the treatment
  • Understand how to structure pre-treatment and the first 4 sessions

                                               

Part 2: Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Individual Therapy Goals, Targets, and Structure-

In this training, participants will learn to create a foundation for DBT by developing a life worth living goal with clients. Participants will learn how to break this goal down into smaller goals and target behaviors that get in the way or reaching the goals. Participants will learn how to structure sessions and begin discussions of termination early on in therapy.  

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the hierarchy of treatment targets
  • Understand therapy interfering behaviors
  • Understand the secondary targets

                                                          

Part 3: Thursday, April 7, 2022, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Treatment Strategies Part 1: Dialectical Strategies, Validation Strategies, and Behavior Analysis-

In this training, participants will dive into the basic DBT treatment strategies. They will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of dialectics and how they can be used within a therapy session. Participants will learn validation strategies as well as how to conduct behavioral and solution analyses for target behaviors in treatment. 

 Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand behavioral assessment and the chain analysis
  • Understand dialectics and dialectical strategies

                                  

Part 4: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

DBT Individual Therapy Part Four- Basic Treatment Strategies Part II and Change Procedures 

In this training, Participants will continue to focus on basic DBT treatment strategies, including helping clients to gain insight, using contingencies in therapy, as well as how and when to use cognitive modification and exposure in therapy. 

 Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • This workshop helped me to understand insight strategies
  • This workshop helped me to understand cognitive modification
  • This workshop helped me to understand exposure techniques                            

Part 5: Thursday, May 19, 2022, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Special Treatment Strategies-

In this training, participants will learn the special treatment strategies of suicide and risk assessment within DBT, utilizing the telephone within DBT for coaching, as well as crisis and coping strategies.

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • This workshop helped me to understand the DBT suicide assessment protocol
  • This workshop helped me to understand the coaching call
  • This workshop helped me to understand crisis strategies
  • This workshop helped me to understand hospital strategies

                                                             

Part 6: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM                                                          

Balancing Communication in Therapy and Taking Care of Yourself-

In this training, participants will learn how to communicate with other providers about DBT as well as how to help their clients consult with other providers. Participants will learn relationship strategies as well as how to keep balanced in the way they communicate with clients. Participants will learn the theory of burnout in the context of DBT treatment as well as the role of the DBT Consultation team and self-care in the treatment of therapist burnout. 

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • This workshop helped me to understand communication strategies
  • This workshop helped me to understand relationship strategies
  • This workshop helped me to understand case management strategies
  • This workshop helped me to understand the role and function of the DBT consultation team