Course Overview

In this course, Josh Smith, LMSW, BCD provides an introduction to DBT, a treatment model rooted in an individual's ability to change. In standard DBT, different types of psychosocial therapy may be utilized as a part of treatment. DBT emphasizes validation, a powerful technique wherein the therapist and participant work toward accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors rather than struggling with them. Once validation occurs, it is then possible to establish goals. As a comprehensive treatment, DBT can:

  • Decrease the frequency and severity of self-destructive behaviors.
  • Increase the motivation to change by providing positive reinforcement.
  • Teach new "coping skills" that generalize to a person's natural environment.
  • Provide a treatment environment that emphasizes the strengths of individuals and their treatment.
  • Enhance the therapist's motivation and ability to work effectively.

DBT also integrates coping skills and specific behavioral techniques used to combat the disabling symptoms of mental illness. This training takes approximately four (4) hours to complete.

  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.0) MCBAP-S (0.0) Mi-CEC (0.0) Nursing (0.0)
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Topics Covered

Defining Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). 

Participants of this course will develop a working understanding of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) framework and evidence-based best practices for implementing this therapy with end clients. 

Behavioral Techniques within Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). 

The course experts that developed this course will provide participants with the building blocks of behavioral techniques within Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. 

Skills Aquisition in DBT.

This course outlines the specific skills that are most valuable within this framework of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The course will provide evidence-based practices for utilizing these skills with end clients. 

Additional Considerations

You may want to check out our Motivational Interviewing modules as well, these modules teach you how to develop "change talk" in your client.


Course Objectives

  • Understanding Therapy destroying behavior and how to eliminate that behavior.
  • Understanding Skills Acquisition and how to increate aspects like Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance and Emotional Regulation skills.
  • Identify therapy interfering behaviors and how to decrease this behavior in your clients.

What People Are Saying

I felt that this module not only solidified that knowledge that I have obtained, but the information was presented in a way that it added to my knowledge of and about this subject matter.

- Audrey  D.