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DBT Addiction Skills with Dr. Marsha Linehan
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DBT Addiction Skills with Dr. Marsha Linehan

Learn DBT skills that have been used in the treatment of individuals with a variety of addictions. These five short videos feature Dr. Marsha Linehan teaching each of the DBT addiction skills:

  • Dialectical abstinence
  • Clear mind
  • Community reinforcement
  • Burning bridges and building new ones
  • Alternate rebellion and adaptive denial

These videos are appropriate for anyone seeking to learn or teach these skills.

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Webinar Recordings with Dr. Marsha Linehan and DBT Experts

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Science Update: Inform Your Mindfulness Teaching and Practice with Current Research

Recorded: November 29, 2016
Presenter: Cedar Koons, MSW, LISW
Length: 1 hour 26 minutes

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is founded upon behaviorism, dialectics and mindfulness derived from Zen. Treatment developer Dr. Marsha Linehan articulated seven mindfulness skills and placed them at the core of the DBT skills training curriculum. In addition to the mindfulness skills for clients, Linehan emphasizes the importance of therapists being mindful while delivering DBT and using mindfulness practices during therapist consultation team and in the context of their own lives. Mindfulness practices took a central role in DBT even before research on various mindfulness practices showed them to be a valuable addition to behavioral health treatment. In the last ten years, a great deal of research has demonstrated the efficacy of mindfulness practices with a variety of problems. This webinar will review research on mindfulness that addresses what works, how it works, and why. In addition, we will discuss applications of this research to the practice of DBT; the goal is to help therapists improve their teaching and practice of mindfulness in DBT and inform their own mindfulness practices.

Price: $34

Balance Point: Optimizing DBT Consultation Teams

Recorded: November 17, 2016
Presenter: Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Central to the success of every Dialectical Behavior Therapy program is a strong consultation team. It is in this one to two-hour weekly meeting that therapists shape their approach to clients to gain the best possible outcomes, hone technical precision, refine the balance of acceptance and change, and find the support needed to remain effective in working with the most challenging of clients. Team members often come from diverse backgrounds, have varying levels of training in aspects of the treatment, and have fluctuating limits and levels of commitment over time. The emotional and task demands on a team are high, and time is limited. This webinar will address how to build an effective foundation for a team during the orientation and commitment of potential members, how to structure team time so as to maximize what can be accomplished, how to prevent problems that can become barriers to effective team functioning, and suggestions for dealing with common problems that arise in teams.

Price: $34

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills and Strategies for Anger

Recorded: October 18, 2016
Presenter: Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, R.Psych
Length: 1 hour 28 minutes

The aim of this webinar is to discuss Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills and strategies that clinicians can use to help clients with anger difficulties. Anger is a fascinating and complex emotion. Like other emotions, anger-related emotions tend to arise in situations perceived as relevant to an individual's goals. Being prevented from doing something important, being treated unfairly or unjustly (or witnessing such treatment of others), and being threatened are common situations associated with anger. In these and other contexts, anger can be highly motivating, fueling efforts to fight injustice, get to work on time, defend oneself or others, and so on. Problems often arise, however, when anger compels behaviors (e.g., verbal or physical aggression, revenge seeking, avoiding or ending relationships) that cause problems in relationships and other areas of life. Excessively frequent or intense anger also can be miserable and debilitating, and chronic anger and hostility may increase vulnerability to cardiac health problems.

Anger is among the problem areas associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD), with intense anger and difficulty controlling anger comprising one of the symptoms of this disorder. Fortunately, research findings have consistently shown that clients in DBT show significant reductions in anger-related difficulties. DBT includes several behavioral skills designed to understand, accept, and regulate intense emotions, including anger. With its dialectical focus on acceptance and change, its roots in basic behavioral and emotion science, and its practical, easy to use skills, DBT provides a consistent and coherent approach for understanding and managing anger.

Price: $34

DBT Problem-Solving in Action: Solving Common Therapist Errors in Behavioral and Solution Analysis

Recorded: August 30, 2016
Presenter: Michaela Swales, PhD
Length: 1 hour 24 minutes

Problem solving lies at the heart of individual therapy in DBT. Effective problem solving relies on efficient and accurate behavioral analyses and the selection of appropriate solutions for dysfunctional links in the sequence of events leading to and following a target behavior. Yet frequently, therapists execute behavioral and solution analyses in ways that do not lead to effective solving of clients' problems. To improve therapist skill in this crucial area, this workshop reviews some of the common conceptual and strategic errors made by therapists when conducting behavioral and solution analyses. Broadly these errors divide into: problems with the structure of the behavioral analysis, for example, spending too little or too much time on the analysis, eliciting and/or accepting a client narrative of the events leading up to a target behavior or organizing links by type rather than chronology; problems with the theoretical construction of the analysis, for example, failing to assess function adequately or simplifying motivation as will or volition; and finally strategic problems, for example, failing to highlight unmindful thinking. Problems in solution analysis can occur at solution generation, evaluation and implementation stages. Strategies for identifying and remedying some of the common therapist errors in solution analysis will be discussed.

Price: $34

DBT Skills as a Stand-Alone or Adjunctive Treatment: Efficacy and Clinical Applications

Recorded: June 7, 2016
Presenter: Yevgeny Botanov, PhD
Length: 1 hour 32 minutes

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, modular, cognitive-behavioral treatment. Due to DBT's strong evidence base, it is increasingly being implemented in diverse settings for an array of behavioral health problems. Comprehensive DBT includes four treatment modes: individual therapy, group skills training, between-session phone coaching, and therapist consultation team. However, the skills training component of DBT has often been implemented independent of the other standard DBT modes. This webinar will provide an overview of key findings from the research literature on DBT skills training as a stand-alone or adjunctive treatment. Additionally, the webinar will examine which DBT skills have been applied in different clinical populations, the types of modifications to DBT skills that have been made for specific populations, and the structure (e.g., length of treatment, individual vs. group) of DBT skills interventions that have been researched. Finally, the clinical utility and real-world applications of DBT skills training will be discussed. This webinar is designed for all mental health professionals interested in novel yet evidence-based applications of DBT skills training.

Price: $34

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Clients with Substance Use Disorders

Recorded: April 21, 2016
Presenter: Jennifer Sayrs, PhD, ABPP
Length: 1 hour 28 minutes

This webinar will provide an overview of DBT for clients with substance use disorders (SUD). DBT-SUD is intended to comprehensively address the needs of clients who have multiple, serious mental health problems in addition to SUD. DBT-SUD includes all the strategies of standard DBT and adds SUD-specific targets, strategies, and skills. In this webinar, research supporting the effectiveness of DBT-SUD will be reviewed and the similarities and differences between DBT and DBT-SUD will be described. The targets used to structure treatment, as well as the attachment strategies used to keep clients with SUD engaged in treatment, will be presented. The concept of dialectical abstinence — the synthesis between absolute abstinence and harm reduction — will be defined, and the addiction skills of clear mind, community reinforcement, burning bridges and building new ones, alternate rebellion, and adaptive denial will be reviewed. Basic knowledge of DBT will be assumed; this webinar will focus on the additions used with clients with SUD.

Price: $34

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Recorded: April 7, 2016
Presenter: Debra Safer, MD
Length: 1 hour 32 minutes

This webinar will introduce clinicians to the basics of how DBT has been adapted to treat binge eating disorder (BED) and bulimia nervosa (BN). This will include a brief overview of eating disorders, a discussion of why DBT has been applied to eating disorders, and an examination of the similarities and differences between standard DBT for borderline personality disorder and DBT as adapted for BED and BN. In addition, DBT skills that have been uniquely adapted for patients with eating disorders will be reviewed and the research data to date on the efficacy of DBT for eating disorders will be summarized. Case examples will be included as well as time for questions and discussion.

Price: $34

DBT with American Indian & Alaska Native Youth

Recorded: March 10, 2016
Presenter: Joel Beckstead, PhD, ABPP
Length: 1 hour 25 minutes

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is increasingly being implemented in diverse cultures both within and outside the United States. Efforts to implement DBT cross-culturally are often faced with the challenge of ensuring that DBT is delivered in a culturally relevant and sensitive manner while still remaining faithful to the evidence based model. This webinar will provide an overview of the progress of cross- cultural implementation of DBT worldwide. Additionally, a specific example will be presented of a successful collaborative effort to implement DBT in an adolescent residential treatment center for American Indian/Alaska Natives. In providing quality treatment for American Indian and Alaska Native adolescents, there is always the concern that the treatment interventions be culturally relevant and that Western-based wellness approaches do not overshadow or exclude equally valid cultural interventions. A significant concern with introducing DBT was that the cultural, spiritual, and traditional aspects of the program already in place would be lost or minimized. Examples of how cultural practices, such as the use of sweat lodges, talking circles, and smudging, were incorporated into DBT while remaining faithful to the evidence based practice will be provided. In addition, the results of research supporting the effectiveness of this cultural adaptation of DBT will be presented. Finally, the lessons learned during this project will be discussed with the goal of providing a model that may be used by other clinicians as they implement DBT within other cultures.

Price: $34

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Distressed and Dysregulated Couples

Recorded: November 19, 2015
Presenter: Alan Fruzzetti, PhD
Length: 1 hour 28 minutes

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has been shown in dozens of studies to reduce self-harm and other problems associated with emotion dysregulation, and more recently has been adapted for use with couples, parents, and families. This webinar will begin with a brief review of several studies that have demonstrated successful outcomes with couples and parents, and then introduce specific interventions that focus on how partners can be engaged to help one of them reduce severe dysfunctional behaviors as well as to improve their relationships in general. After a brief orientation to the treatment model, this webinar will discuss how to: 1) apply chain analyses ("double chain") to couple dysfunctional interactions; 2) use traditional DBT skills and newer DBT couple and family skills with distressed couples; 3) use principles and intervention strategies of DBT with couples to manage in-session problem behaviors; and 4) apply couple DBT strategies to both individual and relationship targets.

Price: $34

DBT for Pre-Adolescent Children with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Dysreguation

Recorded: October 15, 2015
Presenter: Francheska Perepletchikova, PhD
Length: 1 hour 28 minutes

Severe emotional and behavioral difficulties in pre-adolescent children can manifest in multiple ways, including verbal and physical aggression, suicidality, non-suicidal self-injury, and irritable/angry mood. Consistent with a biosocial theory, these children may have an inborn sensitivity to emotions and may be raised in an invalidating environment. Dialectical Behavior Therapy adapted for pre-adolescent children (DBT-C) aims to improve functioning in affected children by teaching DBT coping skills and encouraging caregivers to create a validating and change-ready environment. In this webinar, Dr. Perepletchikova will provide an overview of DBT for children, including adaptations made to individual therapy and skills training, as well as a parent training component that has been added to further augment therapeutic gains. In addition, Dr. Perepletchikova will present data from her randomized clinical trials evaluating the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of DBT for children.

Price: $34

DBT in the Adolescent Residential Setting The Skillful Milieu

Recorded: September 10, 2015
Presenters: Michael Hollander, Ph,D, and Blaise Aguirre, MD
Length: 1 hour 29 minutes

Outpatient DBT for adolescents, as developed by Drs. Miller, Rathus and Linehan, is effective in the majority of cases in addressing the complex and unique challenges presented by multi-problem adolescents and their families. However, there are circumstances where the transactional nature between the adolescent and the environment is inadequate to address and manage high risk behavior. In such cases, a dedicated DBT residential setting can provide the necessary environmental structure to support the treatment. In this webinar, Drs. Aguirre and Hollander will provide an overview of the elements necessary to run a successful residential DBT unit for adolescents. They will speak to their experience of designing and developing a unit which addresses the five functions of a comprehensive treatment, including the complexities of crafting a milieu and culture that adheres to the DBT assumptions. In addition, they will discuss various models of involving family members in residential treatment, and will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Price: $34

Wise Minded Parenting Teaching Essential Skills to Parents of Teens

Recorded: June 2, 2015
Presenter: Laura Kastner, PhD
Length: 1 hour 29 minutes

In this webinar, Dr. Kastner discusses how therapists can work effectively with teens and their families when they understand adolescent development, the research on parenting teens and the neurobiological changes that teens undergo during adolescence. Psycho-education about these developmental factors helps parents make realistic treatment goals with the therapist. Evidence based parenting programs have demonstrated that parents who learn behavioral management skills and positive parenting principles can improve positive outcomes with their teens, including school achievement, risk-taking behaviors, substance use and psychosocial adjustment.

We also discuss the application of concepts from DBT to parenting decision-making about consequences, emotional meltdowns, risk-taking, and "trigger" situations. Parents benefit from resisting the reactivity of their Emotion Mind, the judgment of their Reason Mind and instead summoning their Wise Mind for decision making. Since most teens live with parents and the family has a powerful influence on the success or failure of teens' treatment goals, supporting parents can be an essential part of working with teens.

Price: $34

Implementing DBT Skills in Schools at a Universal Level

Recorded: May 5, 2015
Presenters: Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, PsyD, and James Mazza, PhD
Length: 1 hour 24 minutes

This webinar discussed the implementation and structure of a recently developed DBT skills curriculum designed to be taught at a universal level in middle and high school settings. The manualized curriculum is called DBT STEPS-A and is intended for general education teachers who work in the area of social emotional learning to help expand the dissemination of DBT skills to all students. The webinar will provide an overview of the curriculum, how it was developed, and the rationale for using it. In addition, this webinar will cover issues that commonly arise during implementation of DBT STEPS-A, as well as the curriculum structure.

Price: $34

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Multi-Problem Adolescents: Evolution and Updates

Recorded: March 12, 2015
Presenter: Jill Rathus, Ph.D.
Length: 1 hour 17 minutes

One of the most important developments in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) over the past decade is the adaptation of this highly efficacious treatment for multi-problem adolescents at high risk for suicidal and self-injurious behavior. DBT for adolescents (DBT-A) was developed by Drs. Jill Rathus and Alec Miller to address the complex and unique challenges that arise during treatment with multi-problem adolescents and their families. In this webinar you will learn directly from one of the treatment developers about the evolution of DBT-A. Dr. Rathus will provide an overview of the adaptations that were made to standard DBT to address the needs of adolescents and their families, including a particular focus on adolescent and family secondary treatment targets, treatment modalities (including multi-family skills training group and family therapy sessions), and the latest DBT skills for adolescents and their caregivers. Suggestions for additional training and self-study in DBT-A will be provided.

Price: $34

How to Use What's New in DBT Skills with Dr. Marsha Linehan

Recorded: December 11, 2014
Presenter: Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP
Length: 1 hour 27 minutes

The release of the second edition of the DBT® Skills Training Manual has been met with much excitement from clinicians and clients alike. The new edition includes all of the original DBT skills plus more than 20 new skills and significantly expanded teaching resources for clinicians. In this webinar, you learn directly from the treatment developer Dr. Marsha Linehan about what's new in DBT skills and how to use the new books when running a DBT skills training class. This webinar is designed to provide answers to many of the questions clinicians have raised about how best to incorporate the new skills content into their clinical practice. In particular, Dr. Linehan provides recommendations about how to learn the new skills, decide which skills to teach in your class, use the client handouts and worksheets, and select a skills training schedule that fits your setting. Participants also had the opportunity to ask Dr. Linehan questions.

Price: $34

Videos for Clinicians

Learn and reinforce DBT strategies with our most popular DBT training videos for clinicians which feature Dr. Marsha M. Linehan and other DBT experts. Select videos now available online for streaming.

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Videos for Clients and Families with Dr. Marsha Linehan

Our most popular DBT Skills training videos are now available for online streaming. Learn and reinforce your DBT Skills with videos featuring Dr. Marsha Linehan:

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Behavior Therapy Lessons with Dr. Marsha Linehan

Lesson 1: The Behavior Therapy Paradigm in Practice

Length: 25 minutes

In this slideshow, Dr. Marsha Linehan introduces you to behavior therapy as a world view for treating clients. It is essential to have a solid applied understanding of the Behavior Therapy paradigm before venturing into the room with a client to do CBT, DBT, or many other evidence-based treatments.

In this lesson, DBT developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan, introduces us to a young, female client with a longstanding history of suicide attempts, anger outbursts, and high conflict relationships. Marsha demonstrates how to conceptualize this client's problems behaviorally. What are the common behaviors and patterns in her current repertoire that fuel her maladaptive coping behaviors? And how can a clinician help increase the likelihood the client will shift to more effective behaviors over time?

Price: $3.99 for 1 week rental

Lesson 2: DBT Goals and Methods of Behavioral Assessment

Length: 34 minutes

Factors maintaining a client's current coping behaviors may be very different than the factors that led to maladaptive coping in the first place. Changing behavior requires changing the conditions maintaining the behavior NOW.

Learning how to conduct behavioral assessment from DBT developer Dr. Marsha Linehan will help you and your client collaboratively identify factors maintaining maladaptive behaviors in the present.

Price: $3.99 for 1 week rental

Lesson 3: Targeting and Treatment Goals

Length: 36 minutes

DBT developer Dr. Marsha Linehan teaches this important component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In targeting, the therapist assists clients in achieving their own goals, not in setting the goals for them.

Targeting translates clients' goals into specific concrete behaviors to increase and decrease. In cases of multiple, complex problems, targeting identifies what comes first in sessions, as well as the hierarchy of targets in overall treatment conceptualization. Effective targeting results in clients and therapists being clear and precise about the focus of treatment. Targeting also provides a means of clear communication with the client and others about where valuable treatment resources are being focused and spent.

Price: $3.99 for 1 week rental

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