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DMHAS-Sponsored Workshop–Dialectic Behavior Therapy: A Day of Skills Training–Cancelled

DMHAS-Sponsored Workshop–Dialectic Behavior Therapy: A Day of Skills Training–Cancelled

April 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Connecticut Valley Hospital


Dialectic Behavior Therapy: A Day of Skills Training

In recent years Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training, a core component of this evidence-based therapy, has been studied and found to be effective in strategically targeting a broad array of symptoms, and problem behaviors. This holds true when skills training is provided as part of comprehensive DBT and as a stand-alone therapy. The broad range of skills covered and taught, which include Zen-based mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance/crisis survival skills, and interpersonal effectiveness help clients and clinicians develop targeted strategies to move forward in the direction of the client’s goals and aspirations. Certain skills on their own, such as mindfulness training, are now considered evidence-based practices for targeting a broad range of disorders and symptoms.

This experiential, full-day training focuses on the four core skills modules in Dialectic Behavior Therapy in combination with the important cognitive behavioral therapist skills of behavioral chain analysis and “missing links” analysis. The day is designed to help clinician’s thoroughly analyze: problem behaviors, emotional dysregulation, and patterns of thought distortion, and then strategically assist clients in developing the skills they need to more effectively handle these in the future.  While ideal for clinicians wishing to enhance their DBT skill set, this training is also designed for non-DBT clinicians with an interest in expanding their therapeutic toolkit  A basic understanding of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principals is desirable, as these will be covered, but only briefly.

This training is open to DMHAS employees and those who work for DMHAS-funded agencies. For further information, or to register, visit the DMHAS Office of Workforce Development Website