Over 75% of mental illnesses described in the DSM are related to emotion dysregulation – the inability to manage emotions effectively. Given that Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was initially created to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), of which emotion dysregulation is a primary problem, it only makes sense that DBT would be effective in treating other disorders, and research in recent years is supporting this. This seminar will provide an introduction to DBT, including the origins of the therapy, and the Biosocial Theory of how emotion dysregulation develops. You will learn about some of the research demonstrating that DBT is effective in treating disorders other than BPD. Finally, you will learn about Dialectics, and the importance of balancing validation with change with the dysregulated client; and how to effectively use validation to help clients re-regulate in session, as well as how to teach them to practice this skill on their own.
This course is based on the recorded webinar, Calming the Emotional Storm: Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy created by Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW in 2022.
Course Material Author
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, is a well-known mental health professional. She has advanced degrees from York University and the University of Toronto and has worked for over 15 years in the mental health field. Her extensive experience with and knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Practice has inspired her to write a number of books, and she regularly conducts training sessions for fellow professionals in these treatment modalities. Sheri worked at Southlake Regional Health Centre in an outpatient mental health clinic for 14 years, and now works full-time in her private practice Registered with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Sheri is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice
after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada
Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults,
and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Explain the theories underlying DBT (the BioSocial Theory, Dialectics, and Behavior Theory).
Utilize skills and strategies to help clients to get unstuck and move toward healing.
Describe the flexibility of DBT, and of its applicability to psychiatric illnesses other than BPD.
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Faculty: Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC
No relevant financial relationships.
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