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Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Concepts and Skills for Clinical Practice

May 8, 2017

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003


This one-day training will review the key components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as it applies to social work practice. 

The morning segment (Part I) will identify the theoretical framework of DBT and its application for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder as well as its current application to other wide ranging presenting concerns such as, emotional regulation deficits, self-management, anger management, impulse problems, anxiety, and mood management concerns.  In addition, the DBT Assessment Model will be reviewed with exploration on how to incorporate DBT concepts in the evaluation of clients.

The afternoon segment (Part II) will explore a range of skill-based techniques within the DBT framework: behavioral chain analysis, addressing therapy interfering behaviors, coping ahead, and the 4 DBT skill modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Skills Training. To review and practice, social workers will be guided through exercises as an opportunity to learn direct application to clinical encounters.

Learning Objectives:

Part I

Participants will:
  • Identify the key treatment agreements made in DBT.
  • Explain the Biosocial Model of BPD.
  • Identify the goals and stages of DBT Treatment.
  • Describe how dialectics are used in DBT.
  • Identify the levels of validation and the contexts in which they apply.
  • Demonstrate the use of validation to balance the change strategies in treatment.

Part II

  • Identify 1 core skill within the four DBT Skill Modules.
  • Implement Cognitive-Behavioral strategies in DBT.
  • Conduct complete Behavioral Chain Analyses. 
  • Conduct Solution analyses.
  • Implement DBT case management strategies.


8:30- 9:00 am Check In
9:00 - 10:00 am Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Conceptual Framework
10:00 - 11:00 am Core Distress Tolerance Skills
11:00 - 12:00 pm Core Mindfulness Skills
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm Core Emotional Regulation Skills
2:00 - 3:00 pm Core Interpersonal Skills Training
3:00 - 4:00 pm Review of Clinical Application for Social Work Practice Settings 



Reji Mathew, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Mathew is a CBT/DBT psychotherapist who has a specialization in evidence base clinical practice approaches. She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches DBT/CBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She is a clinical social worker at the NYU Student Health Center, Counseling and Wellness Services. She is also a freelance journalist and a member of ASJA - American Society of Journalists & Authors. [Read more...]



Registration for this training is now full to capacity. To be added to the wait list, email:

Attendance Fees

General Admission: $150.00
NYU Faculty and Staff: 112.50
NYU Silver Alumni (Graduate and Undergraduate degrees): $112.50
NYU Silver Post-Masters Certificate Program Alumni: $140.40
NYU Silver Current Field Instructors: $112.50
NYU Silver Current Students: $75.00
Non-NYU Silver Current MSW and PhD Students: $100.50
3+ from one agency: $112.50/each
Veterans: $75.00  

Continuing Education Units

NYSED and ACE Approved for 6 CE contact hours.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education clock hours.
New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.
For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

Cancellations and Refunds

In the event that after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning offers refunds on the following basis:

Refund requests made on or before April 28 (by midnight): full refund
Refund requests made on or before May 3 (by midnight): 50% refund
Refund requests made on or after May 5 : no refund

In the instance of event cancellation, all registrants will be fully reimbursed.

If you can no longer attend this event and wish to be reimbursed, please complete the form located here.

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NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5973
Fax: 212-995-4497