Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills, Part 1: General Strategies and Core Mi...

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South Seattle College Georgetown Campus

6737 Corson Avenue South

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Seattle, WA 98108

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and its four skills modules (Core 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 this first of three 6-hour trainings offered this fall at VTSC, we will focus on General skills, DBT strategies and principles underlying skills training, and the Core Mindfulness skills. Through experiential practice, lecture, and discussion, participants will learn how to most effectively teach patients how to reach their treatment goals even when crises, interpersonal conflict, and emotion dysregulation get in the way. 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.

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