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Charles Swenson, M.D.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Research Based Treatment for Disorders of Emotional Dysregulation

12.0 CE Hours Available

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DBT uses cognitive-behavioral strategies for problem-solving augmented with mindfulness practices to reduce suffering, and dialectical approaches to address tension, opposition, and impasse

Developed more than thirty years ago, DBT was originally intended to help individuals with suicide attempts and self-harm behaviors build lives worth living. The treatment has evolved and is now used to treat individuals with a wide variety of disorders that involve emotional dysregulation.

Dr. Swenson will provide participants a thorough introduction to DBT punctuated frequently by the use of role play demonstrations, video, and case examples


Participants will be able to describe:

  • Diagnoses and behavioral patterns treated by DBT
  • Outcomes produced by using DBT in research trials
  • The three paradigms on which DBT is based
  • How to structure and maintain a DBT program
  • The goals, stages, and treatment targets of DBT
  • The principles and strategies of CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) as used in DBT
  • Validation strategies to strengthen the therapy relationship and fortify self-acceptance

Topics Covered

Overview of DBT

  • What is DBT and Where Did It Come From?
  • Diagnoses and Problem Behaviors Treated with DBT
  • Research Evidence on Outcomes
DBT Theory, Principles, and Assumptions
  • Bio-Social Theory
  • Underlying Paradigms and Principles
  • Assumptions about Patients and Therapy
Functions of DBT Treatment
  • The Five Functions of a DBT program
  • Treatment Modes Through Which Functions are Accomplished
Goals, Stages and Targets
  • Overarching Goals and Stages of Treatment
  • Treatment Targets Per Stage
  • Agreements Between Patients and Therapists
Problem Solving Strategies
  • Behavioral Chain Analysis for Assessment and Treatment
  • Problem-Solving with Behavioral Change Procedures
  • Skill Training in DBT
Validation Strategies
  • Definition, Functions, and Targets of Validation
  • DBT Validation Strategies (Levels of Validation)
Dialectic Strategies
  • Understanding What Dialectics Means in DBT
  • Using Dialectics and Dialectical Strategies in Treatment
Putting It All Together
  • Extended Case Example
  • Role Play Demonstrations
  • Q/A

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Extra Test (12 CE Credits)
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  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an AOTA (The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.) Approved Provider of Continuing Education (Provider # 5180). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for our programs and contents.
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  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
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  • State of California - Board of Behavioral Sciences - Courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
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  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a registered social worker continuing education sponsor for Illinois social workers(Lic # 159.000833)
  • Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners
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  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists Provider Number # 483
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