DBT Skills Training Series

The DBT Skills are the heart of the treatment. All aspects of DBT are based on assisting the person to learn and use a set of skills that have been proven to enhance coping and reduce distress. This 4-part series provides a thorough training in all aspects of the DBT skills including mastery of the skills, running skills groups and teaching the skills to a variety of populations. The presentation will include lecture, extensive use of video examples and in-vivo practice.

Participants are urged to purchase the DBT Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition and the DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, 2nd Edition by Marsha Linehan. Both books will be an integral part of the curriculum and are available on Amazon.com.

DBT Skills Part 1

Friday, November 15, 2019, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM

DBT Skills Part 1 will cover the treatment elements of DBT, The Bio-Social Theory of personality disorders, how DBT can be applied in a variety of clinical settings, and the first skills module, Core Mindfulness.

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe components of DBT including the biosocial theory and who benefits from the treatment
  • Describe the role and function of DBT skills groups, individual therapy, DBT coaching, and the consultation team
  • Demonstrate the Core Mindfulness skills

DBT Skills Part 2

Friday, December 13, 2019, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM

DBT Skills Part 2 will provide in-depth coverage of how to develop and implement a DBT skills training group, the Distress Tolerance skills and the role and function of skills cards. Numerous practical examples of these skills will be demonstrated.

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and implement a DBT skills training group
  • Describe and demonstrate Leader and co-leader roles
  • Demonstrate how to assign DBT skill practice and homework
  • List and demonstrate the Distress Tolerance skills
  • Demonstrate the use of skills cards

DBT Skills Part 3

Friday, January 17, 2020, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM

DBT Skills Part 3 will provide in-depth coverage of the Emotion Regulation skills. These skills are critical components of the client’s ability to develop satisfying relationships and enhance the person’s overall recovery. In addition, methods of behavior management in the group setting and the use of DBT homework will be discussed. Numerous practical examples of these skills will be demonstrated.

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to review skill practice and homework
  • Demonstrate how to respond to noncompliant behavior
  • Demonstrate how to review assigned skill practice
  • Demonstrate how to address nonpractice in the group setting
  • List and demonstrtate behavior management techniques in the group setting
  • List and demonstrate the Emotion Regulation skills

DBT Skills Part 4

Friday, February 14, 2020, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM

DBT Skills Part 4 will provide in-depth coverage of interpersonal effectiveness skills, walking the middle path module, and teaching specialty groups. Providing skills coaching between groups and sessions and applying skills to specific behaviors will be provided. The presenters will address a variety of teaching

strategies to enhance skill acquisition. In addition, the special considerations when implementing DBT in milieu and school settings will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to submit advance questions relative to their DBT practice for discussion.

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the Interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • Describe walking the middle path
  • Demonstrate how to coach clients outside of the group session
  • Describe how to effectively implement DBT in milieu and school settings
  • Describe and demonstrate how to teach DBT to specialty populations (e.g. schools, group homes, inpatient)