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

Charles Swenson, M.D.

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


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