DBT Skills: Breaking Through Behavioral Impasses in Therapy

November 12, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South


Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Therapist; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University.


Taught using a variety of techniques including, slides, interactive lecture and discussion, presenter led demonstrations, and handouts, this training on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, initially development for borderline personality disorder, offers strategies which may be useful when therapy interfering behaviors threaten the integrity and progress of the critical therapist/client alliance. This one day experiential workshop will cover some of DBT’s most effective skills and strategies for coping with treatment noncompliance, boundary violations, suicidality, and management of destructive urges.


Learning Objectives

  1. Learn basic and advanced DBT theory;
  2. Learn DBT skills;
  3. Learn application of skills to clinical issues including: depression and anxiety; and
  4. Learn how to modify application of skills.


9:00 am – 9:10 am Check In
9:10 am – 10:45 am

Emotion Dysregulation Across Diagnoses

  • Where DBT fits amidst the cognitive therapies
  • Clinical Presentations which may benefit from DBT
  • DBT support for the therapist
10:45 am  – 10:50 am


10:50am  – 12:40 pm

The Biosocial Theory, Dialectics, Stages of Treatment

  • Applying the model, interview, staging, contract
  • Diary card, homework,
  • Group and Individual format
12:40 pm – 1:10 pm


1:10 pm – 2:45 pm

The Four DBT Modules

  • Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance
  • Coaching Calls, Chain Analysis, Validation
2:45 pm – 3:20 pm Linehan Video and Discussion: Acting Opposite to Emotion
3:20 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions: Instructor-Provided Case Studies
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Case Presentations and Commentary
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Q&A