DBT Skills Training: The Fundamentals
“Acquiring, rehearsing and generalizing skills to build a life worth living”

September 23-24, 2019
8:30am to 4:00pm
Trainer: Josh Smith

Do DBT Skills really matter in the delivery and effectiveness of DBT? It has long been thought of that the skills that are taught in DBT only matter most in the context of FULL DBT (i.e. when all modes are running concurrently; see Study #2 in Linehan’s original treatment manual). According to the latest component analysis study on DBT done by Linehan, Korslund, Harned, Gallop, et. al., 2015, that although
FULL DBT is still the “gold standard” in the delivery of DBT, the benefit of skill training alone has a greater impact on client’s improvement than the early implementers originally thought. With this now proven, it is even more imperative
that DBT clinicians and those providers who are responsible in the delivery of DBT Skills Training (skills trainers and skills coaches), to learn how to teach and generalize them with their clients with high degree of efficacy.

Perfect for therapists, DBT skills trainers, peer support specialists and front line staff, this two-day training will focus primarily on the skills taught: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation Skills. Those who attend will also learn how to structure and format a DBT Skills Training Group as well learn how to prioritize and target what behaviors
to address during group (along with providing case examples of actually how to treat them). The training will also discuss common obstacles clinicians face when
implementing Skills Group (homework non-compliance, lack of attendance, lack of commitment, etc.) and what DBT strategies to use to treat them. Attendees will
learn what to keep in mind when adapting DBT Skills Training to fit different settings and populations. This training will also include material from Marsha
Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition.

As a result of completing this training, participants can expect to:
  • Identify the four skills training modules taught in DBT
  • Teach at least one skill per skills training module
  • Identify the target hierarchy of DBT Skills Training Group
  • Explain how to conduct a “macro” behavioral chain analysis on homework non-compliance
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the primary leader and co-leader in DBT Skills Training Group

Early Bird (30 days before)      $299   
Standard                                    $350
Student                                      $250
Daily Agenda
8:30am – 9:00am – Registration and Coffee
9:00am – 12:00pm – Morning Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break, provided
1:00pm – 4:00pm – Afternoon Session with snacks provided
4:00pm – Adjourn

Target Audience and Practice Level
This training is specifically targeted to Beginner (new graduates or individuals who have recently changed fields of practice) and Intermediate (individuals with a year or more experience in mental health treatment) level social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, case managers and nurses.  We strongly encourage that you've had an Introduction to DBT course before signing up for this course.

This training has been approved for continuing education credits by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), 400 South Ridge Parkway, Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701. www.aswb.org.  Social Workers will earn 12 CEUs for the successful completion of this course.  No partial credits will be awarded.  To earn the allotted CEUs, Social Workers will need to be in full attendance. 

For all other professions, please check with your individual board to seek approval for CEUs regarding this event.