This workshop is an introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) intended for mental health professionals who wish to acquaint themselves with the treatment. The dialectical nature of DBT is explained via the balance between change-based technology (behavior therapy) with acceptance-based principals (validation). It highlights the structure of DBT and defines the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT. This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals interested in learning about DBT at an introductory level. Methods of instruction include lecture, treatment demonstrations, and practice exercises to illustrate the principles and strategies of DBT.

CBT is a broad framework, and within that framework, elements of DBT can be utilized and support people’s recovery efforts. For example, if mindfulness is discussed as part of a CBT session, specific DBT mindfulness skills could be used if it would be helpful and support the person’s recovery needs. CBT will remain the HHSC supported EBP for LOC 2 and will not be replaced with DBT.

Prerequisites

None required, but knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is helpful.

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