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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): 4-day Intensive Certification Training Course

Program Information


  1. Discriminate DBT from the contextual model of therapy.
  2. Evaluate DBT research in light of the contextual model and the Evidence-Based Practice of Psychology (EBPP).
  3. Correlate DBT philosophies and interventions to the therapeutic factors that most improve outcomes.
  4. Analyze dialectic philosophies and their application in therapy.
  5. Determine how the core assumptions of DBT are put into action in therapy.
  6. Assess how DBT theory drives therapeutic interventions.
  7. Communicate how to balance validation and change strategies in clinical situations.
  8. Integrate mindfulness techniques into therapy
  9. Implement an effective therapy structure that includes identifying clear treatment goals.
  10. Practice how to effectively teach the four standard DBT skills modules - mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.
  11. Design teaching strategies for skills training sessions.
  12. Plan and teach supplemental DBT skills and modules.
  13. Practice DBT skills training techniques in small groups.
  14. Recommend how to seamlessly integrate DBT skills into individual therapy.
  15. Discriminate the DBT model from cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other treatment modalities.
  16. Practice a multi-layered approach to validation of clients' thoughts and feelings.
  17. Determine balance validation with the most effective (and practical) methods of behavior change.
  18. Practice reciprocal and irreverent communication styles, to be utilized within the therapy session.
  19. Comment on the key differences between traditional cognitive interventions and DBT-style cognitive interventions.
  20. Practice therapy techniques with effective pacing, balance, and flow.
  21. Articulate when to use (and not to use) exposure techniques.
  22. Employ DBT diary cards and chain (change) analysis.
  23. Propose how to operate with consultative groups and treatment teams.
  24. Assess and manage self-injurious and suicidal behaviors with clear protocols and safety plans.
  25. Develop clear plans for crisis management, including psychiatric hospitalizations.


Foundations of DBT

Dialectical Philosophy. What IS it, and HOW is it Used? Core Assumptions of DBT: Shaping the Therapy DBT Models: Standard and Beyond Biosocial Theory: Guiding the Therapy Getting Started: Therapy Structure Special Populations and Settings Mindfulness and DBT DBT Skills Training Mindfulness: The Path to Wise Mind Teaching Dialectics Distress Tolerance Emotion Regulation Interpersonal Effectiveness Supplemental and Updated Skills and Modules Diary Cards Behavioural Analysis (Chain Analysis) Starting Out: Commitment Strategies Validation Change Interventions Exposure Techniques Communication Styles Consultative Group and Treatment Teams Assess and Manage Self-Injurious Behaviour (SIB) Assess and Manage Suicidal Ideation (SI) Hospitalization Issues Next Steps

Copyright : 04/11/2019

Telehealth and DBT: Best Practices, Essential Skills, and Ensuring Safety

In this uncertain time, our DBT clients with serious and persistent mental illness need our help more than ever. Yet many of our most vulnerable clients cannot access vital services, making telehealth a literal lifeline.

Yet questions remain: How do therapists take an organized treatment like DBT and use it in a new service delivery? What DBT skills and interventions are most essential? And how do we address safety concerns remotely?

Join Dr. Lane Pederson to get the answers and best practices you need to navigate these unchartered waters.

This recording includes FREE handouts and worksheets.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate four best practices for providing telehealth services
  2. Assess level of care concerns related to high need clients
  3. Integrate the four components of evidence-based practice
  4. Determine the essential elements of DBT as related to clinical treatment
  5. Develop five core skill sets to emphasize with isolated clients
  6. Determine steps to ensure safety with at-risk clients


Telehealth Best Practices

Delivering the Essentials of DBT

Managing Safety Concerns

Copyright : 23/04/2020

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Children and Adolescents: Rescuing the Dysregulated Child

In this seminar and you will discover how powerful, and proven, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is for treating challenging child and adolescent disorders. Working with emotionally-dysregulated children in your practice can be overwhelming and exhausting. You probably feel the pull of being the “saviour” for dysregulated child and their worried parents. Learn how to implement the DBT skills you need to be more effective in treatment, avoid burnout and achieve positive outcomes.
  • Apply DBT to the most prevalent child and adolescent disorders: ADHD
    • Attachment Disorder
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)/Conduct Disorder (CD)
    • Eating Disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Substance Abuse
  • Adapt the current DBT skills training manual to reflect the language of children and adolescents
Jean Eich, PsyD, LP, will provide you take home evidence-based strategies from DBT to use with young clients who have:
  • ADHD
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)/Conduct Disorder (CD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • and more…
Dr. Eich will give you the skills training you need through experiential activities. Learn to work together with children and parents to increase compassion, reestablish structure, and create a validating environment. Leave with the knowledge and skills to confidently teach parents and care providers how to implement a safe structure that enables the child to learn and master these skills at home.

Program Information


  1. Determine the critical “ingredients” for effective DBT therapy.
  2. Articulate the biosocial model of pervasive emotional dysregulation disorders found in innately sensitive children.
  3. Utilize behavior modification strategies at the earliest stage of dysregulation.
  4. Determine the importance of structure in both skills training and home environments and how to teach parents or care providers to implement these strategies.
  5. Determine how to adapt each skills module to reflect the language of the child.
  6. Determine the role of parents/therapists/care providers and how to reestablish a safe and loving structure that enables the child to learn and generalize skills.


Developmental Theory and Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Adapt DBT to Key Childhood and Adolescent Disorders

Skills Training with Experiential Activities

Behaviour Modification and DBT

Group Skills Format

Copyright : 30/06/2015