Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills You Can Use in Private Practice

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This course will be an introduction to DBT, evidence base, Bio-Social Theory, assumptions, approach and attitude.

This presentation will provide an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills with an intended audience of mental health professionals working with individuals who experience mood dysregulation, interpersonal challenges, or who engage in self-harm, parasuicidal, or suicidal behaviors.

We will review the four primary skills areas of DBT: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. We will also discuss the Walking the Middle Path skill, which is specific to the adolescent population. Participants will gain practical knowledge in the use of DBT diary cards and behavioral chain analyses. We will explore methods of using DBT creatively to work for a variety of clients in both individual and group settings.

4.0 CE credits are INCLUDED in the price of the ticket for Licensed Therapists.

Learning Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

  1. Describe DBT skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
  2. Explain multiple strategies for teaching DBT skills to clients.
  3. Apply specific DBT skills to effectively change behavior

About the Presenter

Dr. Jennifer Dragonette is an experienced practitioner, supervisor, and instructor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and trauma-informed approaches to mental health treatment. She has dedicated her career to helping clients create more authentic, meaningful, and fulfilling lives, both through direct clinical service and by providing high-quality, applicable training for fellow clinicians. Dr. Dragonette was the founding Executive Director for Newport Healthcare in Northern California, a series of residential and outpatient treatment centers for adolescents and young adults with mental health and addiction challenges. As Executive Director, Dr. Dragonette established nine separate treatment facilities and oversaw all clinical and operational aspects of treatment. Previously, Dr. Dragonette was the Director of Behavioral Health for Petaluma Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Petaluma, California. Dr. Dragonette also served in both clinical and leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa’s Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services.

Other Information

The Redwood Psychological Association, a chapter of the California Psychological Association (CPA)*, is an organization for psychologists. We are located in Sonoma County, serving Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties and the Redwood Empire.

*CPA is co-sponsoring this event with the Redwood Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The BBS also recognizes CPA CE credit for their licenses.

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive the designated number of continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Refunds will be credited to original payment method (minus fees) up to 1 day prior to event.

For questions or more information regarding this policy, please contact RPA: admin@rpapsych.org

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