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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for PTSD: Skills to Ground Clients, Decrease Triggers and Improve Emotion Regulation

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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, C-DBT
1 Hour 05 Minutes
Dec 14, 2022
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DBT transforms the way you do therapy – moving you from a change-based model to one of skill-based learning. And applying a DBT approach to trauma treatment can help you get to the very core of how your clients think about life and emotions, so they can make tremendous strides in therapy. Katelyn Baxter-Musser has taught thousands of clinicians to use DBT in their practices for improved treatment outcomes. Join her in this session and discover evidence-based DBT tools you can use to keep clients grounded, help them become more tolerant of their triggers, and increase their emotion regulation. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, C-DBT, is an accomplished therapist whose trainings have helped tens of thousands of therapists incorporate mindfulness-based techniques into their work. Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT) through Evergreen Certifications and extensively trained in mindfulness techniques, she seamlessly integrates these practices into her work with adults and adolescents presenting with a variety of concerns.

With a focus on cultivating self-awareness, emotional regulation and personal growth, Ms. Baxter-Musser empowers her clients to develop healthier coping strategies, process traumas, and transform destructive emotions. Ms. Baxter-Musser is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is an EMDRIA-approved consultant. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the National Center for Crisis Management.

She previously sat on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee and was the co-regional coordinator for the EMDRIA Southern Maine Regional Network. She works in private practice where her areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and relationship issues.

PESI and Katelyn Baxter-Musser are not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser is the owner, operator, trainer of Inner Awakening Counseling & Consulting. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser is a member of EMDRIA, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


  1. Integrate distress tolerance skills from DBT into treatment to help clients identify and gain control of their responses to emotional triggers. 
  2. Practice paced breathing and progressive muscle relaxation techniques with clients to provide them self-administered interventions they can use to reduce physiological and psychological stress.   
  3. Develop treatment plans that incorporate dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills for clients with elevated emotion dysregulation.  


  • DBT an evidence-based approach  
  • Using DBT distress tolerance skills to decrease triggers 
  • Coming back to the here and now using paced breathing and progressive muscle relaxation 
  • Self-sooth using the five senses 
  • Regulating intense emotions by Riding the Wave 
  • Increasing emotion regulation using opposite action  
  • Research, risks and limitations 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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