DBT Skills Training with Adolescents and Families

May 10, 2016

Prerequisite: Bradley Conference training “DBT Basics in Working with Adolescents” offered in May 2015, or similar introductory DBT training or workshop.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based intervention that combines cognitive-behavioral strategies with Zen practices and includes multiple treatment modalities. Originally developed for adults diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and presenting with chronic suicidality, DBT has since been successfully adapted for use as an intervention for suicidal, self-injurious, and multiproblem youth.

In this training, we will first provide a brief review of the overall structure and various treatment components of DBT-A. We will then review the five skills modules included in DBT-A multifamily skills group training (mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, walking the middle path) and how each specifically addresses the problem areas treated in DBT-A (confusion about self, emotional instability, impulsivity, interpersonal problems, and parent-teen dilemmas). The training will then focus primarily on how these skills are taught in a multifamily skills group setting. We will provide specific examples of strategies used to teach each of the skills, as well as techniques used to engage both adolescents and parents throughout the group. We will also engage attendees in in-vivo practice of various skills to deepen their learning.

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Bradley Hospital
1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Riverside, RI 02915

DBT Skills Training with Adolescents and Families

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