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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Part 3: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Part 3: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance


Location: Georgetown Campus, South Seattle College
Gene J. Colin Education Hall Bldg C.
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
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From: November 8, 2019 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Samantha Yard, Ph.D.

Details: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and its four skills modules (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation) are most commonly associated with treating patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In fact, DBT skills training has empirical support for improving the lives of diverse populations, including Veterans with and without BPD, by helping them to cope more effectively with a wide variety of symptoms and problems in living. The skills can be taught in a group, in structured individual sessions, or on-the-fly as needed with clients who desire effective replacements for maladaptive coping. In the last of three 6-hour trainings offered this fall at VTSC, we will focus on Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance skills. Through experiential practice, lecture, and discussion, participants will be guided through practicing the skills themselves in order to develop specific personal examples for modeling and accurately instructing their patients. In addition, there will be opportunities to ask questions and get feedback on pitfalls often encountered in the context of skills training.

Objectives: 1. Learn how to use and teach the most up-to-date skills from the Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness modules 2. Become familiar with DBT strategies for maintaining relationships and self-respect in the context of assertive communication 3. Understand new ways to support clients in surviving crises without making them worse, and using acceptance strategies to get unstuck in the moment and over time

Cost: None

Parking: $3/day on campus (pay at the Kiosk in front of the Colin Education Hall)

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.