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Chats with Trainers: Incorporating Informal Exposure into Stage 1 DBT

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While learning to experience emotions without escaping is a key component of DBT, informal exposure is one of the least used strategies in DBT. Among 1270 individual DBT sessions coded for adherence, informal exposure was used in 54 sessions (4.3%) and was done below adherence 33.3% of the time. This offering will provide a general overview of the steps of informal exposure, and then utilize question-focused consultation to address and problem solve what gets in the way of participants’ use of informal exposure, as well as when and how best to incorporate informal exposure into therapy sessions.

Learning Objective
As a result of this event, participants will be able to incorporate elements of informal exposure into individual DBT sessions.


Virtual Meeting Details
Date: May 23rd, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am Pacific / 1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern
Meeting Duration: 60 minutes
Registration Fee: $75.00
Zoom Meeting Info: You will receive your Zoom meeting details upon completion of purchase in your order confirmation email titled “Your Behavioral Tech order has been received!” Please email if you do not receive your order confirmation email.

About Small Group Consultations with DBT Experts
This session is one of our “Small Group Consultations with DBT Experts” within the Chats with Trainers series. We will address specific questions that are commonly faced in delivering DBT. This format is designed to focus on a specific question in a group consultation format with a maximum of 8 participants. This small, more intimate group setting led by our expert Behavioral Tech Trainers will allow for a deep exploration of the particular challenge at hand. Please note, CE credits will not be offered.



Sara Schmidt, PhD

Sara Schmidt, PhD Seattle, WA (United States) Sara Schmidt, PhDSara Schmidt, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington, where she is in private practice, and a DBT-Linehan of Certification, Certified Clinician™. Until 2021, she served as the Associate Director of the Trauma and Suicide Treatment Research Lab at the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research, part of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, where she was a Co-Investigator on NIMH-funded research focused on the evaluation and implementation of DBT and the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for PTSD. As part of this work, she co-developed the DBT Adherence Checklist for Individual Therapy (DBT AC-I), a tool that can be used by DBT therapists to evaluate the degree to which they are delivering DBT in a way that is consistent with the treatment manual, as well as the DBT Program Fidelity Checklist (DBT PFC), which enables programs to evaluate their fidelity to DBT and identify potential areas for improvement. Dr. Schmidt received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, and my MA and PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She com­pleted her pre-doctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services in Hartsdale, NY., and her postdoctoral training with Dr. Melanie Harned at the University of Washington’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC). Following her postdoctoral fellowship, she remained at the BRTC as a Research Scientist, where she directed the graduate training program in DBT. She currently maintains a Clinical Instructor position through the Department of Psychology supervising advanced doctoral students. She also previously worked as a Research Scientist at Behavioral Tech, LLC, where she assisted in developing training content, methods, and customized implementation plans. Dr. Schmidt has experience providing DBT in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice, and residential facilities, and works with both adults and adolescents. She regularly provides professional trainings and consultation in DBT and DBT PE nationally and internationally and has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics.


Participation Agreement:

I understand that I, and fellow participants, will engage in an audiovisual discussion of our clinical work, and that it is my responsibility to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of what is discussedI agree to maintain strict confidentiality about participant, patient- or client-specific information that may be shared.  I agree to not discuss this information with anyone outside of the discussion, nor say or do anything that compromises the participants’ or patients’ confidentiality. 
I agree to participate in this video-based discussion with an expert DBT consultant, and I will attend this virtual discussion in a private and secure environmentensuring that no one who is not registered for this training can see my screen nor hear the audio.
I understand that BTECH has a strict policy prohibiting audio or visual recording for all aspects of training provided by Behavioral Tech trainings. I recognize and agree that recording without permission may result in a violation of patient confidentiality and may subject me to legal action.
acknowledge that it is an expectation for participants in BTECH events to adopt the agreements that guide DBT consultation teams. I agree to abide by these in my interactions with others involved.
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