The Central Force of Mindfulness in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Original live event presented on April 14, 2015
This videotaped presentation is viewable online from a computer via streaming video. Once your registration and payment is received, a link will be forwarded for access to the video and instructions for taking a post-test and evaluation.  All online continuing education programs require completion of a post-test and evaluation for receipt of credits. 


The inclusion of Mindfulness as the “hub” of an evidenced based treatment approach is unique to Linehan’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT was originally developed to reduce suicidal urges among populations challenged by constant emotion dysregulation. While skills from its modules of Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance are all valuable tools for those seeking to moderate emotional states, the achievement of Wise Mind is the basis from which such skills may be most effective.
The DBT view of Mindfulness proposes that one must live IN the moment… neither rejecting the reality of a difficult situation, or prolonging its presence by refusing to let it go. Suspension of judgment, stepping back and observing what is happening without reacting, are all best achieved from a place of Mindfulness. But true Mindfulness takes practice, an understanding of its goals, the attainment of Wise Mind and the Radical Acceptance of what is.  Not easy tasks. This presentation will explore the Eastern influences of Mindfulness in DBT, the goals, potential rewards and exercises developed by Linehan in Core Mindfulness skills to activate this powerful concept.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will be able to describe the DBT view of Mindfulness and why it is the core of DBT skills;
  • Participants will understand the value and centrality of Mindfulness for those struggling with emotion dysregulation; and
  • Participants will be able to name and engage in several Core Mindfulness exercises and generalize this experience to client interactions in their practices.


Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University; Clinical Director/Owner Blue Skye Consulting, LLC; Advocacy Social Work, Hackensack University Medical Center; Author, Editor
Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Silver School of Social Work where she presents graduate courses in CBT, DBT and IPT to graduate students, in the Post Master’s Certificate Programs and for the Center of Global and Lifelong Learning.  Ms. Stone is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and completed the Advanced Intensive with Linehan in NYC June 2013.  She has contributed writings in graduate texts on the approach which she uses extensively in her clinical practice. She regularly presents on the model regionally and nationally. She is the recipient of a President’s Service Award from NYU and a Golden Bell Award from The Mental Health Association in New Jersey among others. Her work on the national level in legislative advocacy helped garner the inclusion of women’s reproductive mental health issues in The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act. She has been a public reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health contributing viewpoint on emerging evidenced based approaches. She received her MSW from New York University.