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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC
Executive Director, AllCEUs

Based in part on
– Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide by Kelly Koerner (Guilford Press)
– The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook (New Harbinger Publications)
– DBT Made Simple (New Harbinger Publications)
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– www.dbtselfhelp.com
– DBT for Substance Abusers

Objectives
– Why was DBT created
– Understanding Emotional Dysregulation
– Identify DBT assumptions about clients and therapists
– Explore skills to help clients learn
– Distress Tolerance
– Emotional Regulation
– Interpersonal Effectiveness

Summary
– Many disorders involve some amount of emotional dysregulation
– That dysregulation can be caused by high sensitivity and reactivity due to:
– Innate characteristics and poor environmental fit
– External traumas and lack of support
– DBT seeks first to help the person replace self-defeating behaviors with self-care behaviors
– Emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness are addressed in the second phase of treatment
– A variety of tools are imparted to clients to help them
– Set SMART goals
– Identify and understand emotions and their functions
– Decrease unwanted emotional and behavioral responses
– Develop a more effective, compassionate and supportive relationship with self and others
– Not every tool will work for every person. It takes some experimentation

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