11. November 2019 - 9:00
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy | Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families | Monday, 11. November 2019

Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Course Description:
The course consists of 10 days of training in four parts, over six-eight months, providing up to 60 CE credits. This comprehensive DBT training will address all 5 components of DBT and help you to develop a DBT program in your work setting. Program development and adaptations will be discussed for diverse populations, including (but not limited to) complex diagnoses, cognitive abilities, developmental level, and social support structure. Parts I and II will cover theory and conceptualization of the model, structure of treatment, skills for individual and group sessions, and how to function as a consultation team. Didactic training as well as demonstration, video of sessions, and supervised practice will be included in each part of the intensive training. Parts III and IV include additional supervision, consultation, and training for the use of the model with parents and families. This comprehensive DBT training will address all 5 components of DBT, and help you to develop a DBT program in your work setting. Additionally, there will be some time set aside to specifically introduce the DBT-K model and support competent delivery of this adaption to DBT. About the 
Duration: 6 hours each day + 1-hour lunch
                 Part I: November 11, 12, 13, 2019
                 Part II: Marach 11, 12, 13, 2020
                 Part III: April 20, 21, 2020
                 Part IV: June 10, 11, 2020
Course Objectives:
        DBT Program

List the modes, the functions, and the typical treatment agreements made in DBT.
Implement the structure of a DBT program in the current work setting.
Understand the goals, targets, and stages of DBT.
Be able to construct a DBT treatment target hierarchy.

Demonstrate the ability to appropriately apply DBT strategies in my own cases and appropriately evaluate the use of DBT strategies in others' cases.
Formulate plans to evaluate my program/services.
Discuss homework assignments involving the application of the treatment and consequently better understand how to apply the treatment.

DBT Skills, Skill Training, and Skill Coaching (Generalization)

Practice, and teach to others, all of the four DBT skills modules

Core Mindfulness
Interpersonal Effectiveness
Emotion Regulation
Distress Tolerance
other skills relevant to treatment setting

Theory and Case Conceptualization

Understand and be able to explain the biosocial or transactional model of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other severe disorders of emotion dysregulation.
Complete at least one written case conceptualization using the guidelines provided.
Create DBT treatment plans for clients using targeting procedures.


Explain the dialectical nature of DBT.
Demonstrate how dialectics are used in DBT, including the communication strategies and consultation to the patient strategies.

Change/Behavior Therapy Principles and Strategies

List the steps in Problem-Solving.
Conduct complete behavioral chain analyses and solution analyses.

Understand and practice commitment strategies and troubleshooting strategies.
Implement the behavior therapy strategies in DBT, including: 1) Cue exposure and response prevention; 2) Stimulus control; and 3) Contingency management

Practice irreverence communication

Acceptance/Validation Principles and Strategies

Identify and practice the levels of validation and the contexts in which they apply.
Demonstrate the use of validation to balance the change strategies in treatment.

Generalization of Skills

Implement telephone coaching and other generalization strategies of DBT.
Understand and apply ******* crisis protocols of DBT.

Managing In-Session Problem Behavior (Therapy-Interfering)

Identify in-session dysfunctional behaviors and use DBT strategies to treat them.
Use DBT strategies to manage own behavior and reactions.

Interventions in the Social and Family Environment

Understanding the importance of including couples, parents, and others in DBT.
Be able to teach family members relevant DBT skills to help reduce invalidating responses and increase validating responses.

Consultation team principles and practice:

Participate in a DBT Consultation Team for at least 6 months (at least weekly).
Demonstrate Consultation Team strategies used in DBT regularly.
Practice case consultation with peers.
Practice watching DBT sessions and learning to discriminate adherent practices.
Identify team problems and use DBT strategies to resolve them.
Practice the techniques of DBT by role-playing on the consultation team.
Practice mindfulness skills.
View and discuss video segments of DBT and be better able both to discriminate between better and worse DBT and to describe and evaluate treatment strategies.


About the Instructor: Armida Fruzzetti will be the lead presenter and has a wealth of experience in providing DBT as well as pioneering the delivery of DBT for younger kids. She is currently the Associate Director at McLean Hospital developing the DBT-K approach and she will be joined by on other trainer the first 6-days of the training
MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs: Casa Pacifica (Provider #: 016190) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LSCW's , LPCC's and LEP's. Casa Pacifica maintains responsibility for the program and all its content (60 hours).
Psychologists: Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
CAADE: Provider approved by the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators, Provider #; CP20 860 C 1120 for 60 contact hours.
***-P: This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for Child and Youth Care Professionals (***-P) as required by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board. Content domain: Developmental Practice Methods
Accessibility Requests
If you require assistance due to disability or other special needs, please let us know in advance so that reasonable accommodations may be made.
Refund Policy: Refunds are granted when cancelled 7 days before event.  If unable to attend, you may transfer registration to another individual.
Certificate: Course completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form. 
 To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email dnavarro@casapacifica.org or call (805) 366-4064