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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills: Introduction (Sold Out!)

Level 2
Live, Remote, Instructor-led
June 14 – 17, 2022

Trainer: Nick L. Salsman, PhD, ABPP

Training Description

Course Description
This live remote instructor-led program consists of eight 90-minute modules delivered online for a total of 12 instructor-led hours. Each module includes reading and homework tasks. Total participant time required for each module is approximately 2.5 -3 hours. The modular nature of this course allows us to customize it to the schedule of our clients. Quizzes are included in each module, and are repeated as a final knowledge test at the end of the program.

Research indicates that DBT skills are a key mechanism of change for suicide attempts, non-suicidal self-injury, depression, and anger, and multiple randomized control trials have shown DBT skills to be effective for a variety of problems, including depression, emotion dysregulation, binge eating, and borderline personality disorder.

This introduction to DBT Skills Training introduces Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn about the function of skills training in DBT, the structure of a DBT skills training program, the goals and general content of each skills module, and the targets for DBT skills training. It also provides an overview of the manner in which DBT conceptualizes problems, as well as the behavior change, validation, and dialectical strategies used across all modes of the treatment. Clinical examples are used to illustrate specific skills training procedures. Video of roundtable discussions of DBT experts, and demonstrations of a skills training class are incorporated.

The course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn DBT skills to improve their work with their clients. Prior knowledge of DBT is not required; however, learning will be enhanced if participants are familiar with Dr. Marsha Linehan’s 1993 text, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, and the 2015 DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition. Participants should have the latter available during the course.

This course is a precursor to the world of DBT skills training. Those who want to fully implement a DBT skills training program are invited to follow this course with the DBT Skills Training: Fundamentals, which provides in-depth training in acquisition, strengthening, and generalization procedures of DBT skills. DBT skills training is one of 4 modes of standard outpatient DBT. For those who want to implement a full DBT program we recommend completion of the comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training.

Primary Objective:
As a result of this training participants will be able to describe the key elements of DBT skills training.

Learning Objectives

  1. Utilize evidence on DBT skills training to determine curriculum appropriate for treatment setting and
    population.
  2. Describe the function of DBT skills training.
  3. Identify the targets for DBT skills training.
  4. Describe the four DBT skills modules.
  5. Identify the strategies and procedures required for effective DBT skills training.
  6. Define the roles of the leader and co-leader in DBT skills training.
  7. Describe the dialectical nature of DBT skills.
  8. Describe the dialectical nature of DBT skills training.
  9. Identify what is valid in actions, cognitions, and emotions of patients.
  10. Identify what is invalid in actions, cognitions, and emotions of patients.
  11. Convey to patients what is valid in their actions, cognitions, and emotions.
  12. Describe key concepts related to increasing desired behaviors and decreasing unwanted behaviors.
  13. Describe strategies that can be used to pull new behaviors from clients.
  14. Identify the goals of DBT Mindfulness skills.
  15. Identify the contents of the DBT Mindfulness skills module.
  16. Identify the goals of DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.
  17. Identify the contents of the DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills module.
  18. Identify the goals of the DBT Emotion Regulation skills.
  19. Identify the contents of the DBT Emotion Regulation skills module.
  20. Identify the contents of the goals of DBT Distress Tolerance skills.
  21. Identify the contents of the DBT Distress Tolerance skill module.

Schedule

June 14 – 17, 2022
8:30am – 12:00pm Central Time  /  6:30am – 10:00am Pacific Time  /  9:30am – 1:00pm Eastern Time
Sign-in from 8:00am – 8:30am Central Time  /  6:00am – 6:30am Pacific Time  /  9:00am – 9:30am Eastern Time

Schedule includes 30-minute break each day

Trainers

Nick L. Salsman, PhD, ABPP

Cincinnati, OH (United States) Nicholas L. Salsman, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology at Xavier University where he is the director of the Xavier University Psychological Services Center and runs the Xavier University Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. Dr. Salsman is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Psychology. Dr. Salsman received his BA from Transylvania University and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. He completed an internship at the adult and child psychiatry departments of Vanderbilt University. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate for Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington from 2005-2007. While at the BRTC, he served as a DBT therapist on two large randomized clinical trials of DBT and an adherence coder on two research trials. He has published on topics including DBT, Borderline Personality Disorder, and emotion regulation. He has regularly given local, national, and international workshops, presentations, and invited talks on DBT, has consulted with and trained clinicians at various facilities, and trains and supervises doctoral clinical psychology students. Dr. Salsman has received grant funding to develop adaptations of DBT for older adults with complicated grieving and older adults with chronic pain. He is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Ohio.  

Prerequisites

All participants should have access to a copy of the DBT Skills Training Manual: Second Edition.

Study Resources

The readings pertinent to workshops on DBT Skills Training can be found in the primary text listed below. Each DBT provider should have access to a copy.

Primary text for DBT skills training:

Supplemental reading for DBT skills training with adolescents and their families:

A note for those who work with adolescents and their families:

  • Our training models extensively reference sections of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition (2015). This book comprises most of the reading assignments in our trainings. The reason for this is that it is a comprehensive treatment of DBT skills, including key treatment concepts, core strategies and procedures, and variations on the structure of skills training based on studies with different lengths of treatment. Moreover, the RCTs with adolescents that were conducted by Lars Mehlum et al in Norway, and Linehan et al at the University of Washington and UCLA were based on the material in this manual.
  • Many who have worked with adolescents prefer handouts that are presented differently than those in the second edition of Dr. Linehan’s manual. Those persons may wish to use the handouts from DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents (2015) by Drs. Jill Rathus and Alec Miller as an adjunct to the Linehan skills manual with their adolescent patients. They may also find the background material contained in the Rathus and Miller volume a helpful adjunct in learning to deliver the skills to adolescents and their families.

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Tuition Information

  • Standard Tuition: $325 per participant (U.S. dollars)
  • Registration will close when all seats are sold, or on May 25, 2022 (final cut-off date).

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education Credit Information

Behavioral Tech cannot offer partial credit. To receive Continuing Education Credits, participants are required by the CE Boards to
meet all criteria listed below:
1) Attend 100% of the training
2) Complete the Last Day Evaluation survey, and
3) Pass the Post Assessment(s) with a score of 70% or higher

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medical education for physicians. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation
in the activity. Continuing Medical Education is accepted by the ANCC for nursing certification renewal. The maximum
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this activity = 12.

Psychiatrists
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medical education for physicians. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their
participation in the activity. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this
activity = 12.

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documenting your attendance after successful completion of the program and homework. The number of hours
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