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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Calming the Emotional Storm

From Friday 27 October 2017 -  09:00am
To Saturday 28 October 2017 - 04:00pm

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but it is increasingly being used for many other mental health issues because of its usefulness in treating clients who are unable to self-regulate. DBT can provide these clients with skills to better manage their emotions.

Following an introduction to DBT theory and an examination of how it differs from traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Sheri will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions (including depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder) in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role.

Through lecture and experiential exercises, you will explore the four modules of skills taught in DBT (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) and learn how to teach these skills to your clients. You will learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need. You will also have the opportunity to view video of real sessions as Sheri works with clients using DBT to treat a variety of problems related to emotion dysregulation.

In addition, Sheri will introduce DBT strategies to help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.

You will learn:

How to teach your clients the four sets of DBT skills to help them get through crisis situations without making the situation worse, to manage their emotions more effectively, and to develop and maintain healthier relationships

How to apply DBT skills to a range of problems and psychiatric illnesses

Dialectical strategies to address clients who are "stuck" in therapy, resulting in inertia or unhealthy mechanisms of escape and avoidance, and how these strategies can lead to transformational healing

Skills to help you improve your own sense of efficacy in therapy, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout?


Location Stratford