Introduction to DBT
“Getting the Environment Structured”

August 26-27, 2019
8:30am to 4:00pm
Trainer : Josh Smith

Designed as a beginner and intermediate level course, this training is designed for those who are newer to DBT or who might be looking for refresher training in DBT.  Perfect for direct care staff, therapists, case managers, administrators and medication managers, the training will focus on the theoretical underpinnings of the treatment and will also focus on DBT Skills Training.  This training serves as a pre-requisite to attending the 5-Day Comprehensive DBT Training.

Participants can expect to learn concepts of DBT to be delivered in an easy to understand lecture, engage in role-plays, hear numerous case examples, and listen to real life client sessions to demonstrate specific techniques of DBT.  Participants who enroll in this training are asked to make a full commitment to participate in a willing manner in order to maximize their learning and the learning of others.

Day 1
  • History of DBT
  • Current Research on DBT
  • Borderline Personality Disorder Defined and Re-Defined
    • DSM-V Criteria
    • DSM-V Criteria Re-Organized
  • Biosocial Theory of BPD
    • Biological Dysfunction of the Emotion Regulation System
    • Invalidating System
  • Dialectics defined and Dialectical Dilemmas of BPD
    • Active Passivity vs Apparent Competence
    • Emotional Vulnerability vs Self-Invalidation
    • Unrelenting Crisis vs Inhibited Grieving
  • Assumptions about individuals with BPD and therapists who treat them
  • Modes and Functions of DBT
    • Individual Therapy…Enhancing client’s motivation to change
    • Skills Training…Enhancing the client’s capabilities to change
    • Telephone Consultation…Ensuring skill generalization
    • Consultation Team…Enhancing the skill and motivation of the therapist
  • DBT vs. DBT-Informed Therapy
  • Stages of DBT Implementation

Day 2
DBT Skills Training:
  • Format and Structure of DBT Skills Training Groups
  • Rules of Group
  • Target Behaviors of Group
  • Roles of Skills Trainers
  • Core Mindfulness Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Middle Path Skills

As a result of completing this training, participants can expect to:
  • Identify who comprehensive DBT is evidenced-based to treat
  • Explain the Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Identify the 3 Dialectical Dilemmas of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Identify the 5 Modes and Functions of DBT
  • Explain the difference between DBT and “DBT-Informed” Treatment
  • Identify the 4 DBT Skills Training Modules taught in DBT Skills Training
  • Teach at least 2 skills per DBT Skills Training Module
  • Identify the roles 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. 
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.  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.
Lodging Option Connected To The Okemos Conference Center
Comfort Inn
2187 University Park Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
$89/night plus tax