ISITDBT 2013 Due Dates Coming in September!

Reminder that proposals to present ISITDBT Posters in our Poster Session and Cocktail Hour are due September 10, 2013. We have also received NO nominations for the Research Award.  A few paragraphs will suffice to get the ball rolling.  Honor your peers with a nomination please.

  • Poster Session. Our poster session will be held at the end of the day in conjunction with a cocktail hour. There is always a lively and engaged audience! Appropriate topics include pilot trials of an adaptation or novel use of DBT, or, basic studies on DBT-relevant topics such as emotion regulation, borderline personality disorder, suicidal behavior, and/or team or therapist behaviors. Submissions should include a title, list of authors and affiliations, and an abstract, and should not exceed one page in length. ***Please clearly note in your submission if the first author is a student. Due Date: September 10, 2013.

Nominations for 2013 Research Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of Dialectical Behavior Therapy by way of research and treatment development. Previous recipients of the Research Award include Martin Bohus, MD (2004), Tom Lynch, Ph.D. (2005) and Shelley McMain, Ph.D., C. Psych. (2010).  Please submit a nomination letter for the ISITDBT Research Award indicating the evidence supporting the nominee’s contribution to the DBT Community via the nominee’s research on DBT and/or Borderline Personality Disorder. Deadline: September 15, 2013. Nominations will be accepted early.

REGISTRATION: Conference registration will open on September 5, 2013. All registration will occur online at Continuing education credits can be purchased (as a separate, optional ticket) at the time of registration.  Please see the Continuing Education page on this website for details.

NEW – Start your 2013 ISITDBT Experience with a little Mindfulness

I would like to extend an invitation to any interested ISITDBT participants to a morning mindful sit prior to the start of the 2013 ISITDBT conference.

Having your own mindfulness practice is an important tool for every DBT practitioner. Mindfulness has been shown to decrease suffering and increase happiness I can’t think of a better way to start what will be a great day and a great conference.  I regularly try to find opportunities to sit with like minded friends as this is a great way to enhance my practice.
No preparation is required, just come to Ryman Studio Q at 7:30 AM.  We will engage in a period of sitting meditation.

See you all in Nashville.

Mindfully yours,

Randy Wolbert LMSW, CAADC, is the Clinical Director of InterAct of Michigan, Inc., an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Western Michigan University, and a DBT trainer for Behavioral Tech, L.L.C. Randy received his Bachelors degree from Calvin College and his MSW from Western Michigan University. He has more than 30 years of Community Mental Health experience including Assertive Community Treatment, DBT, and Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment. Randy attended the 1995-1996 Seattle Intensive taught by Marsha Linehan Ph.D. Randy has presented workshops, seminars, and DBT training at State, National and International conferences. In 2009, Randy was inducted into the Outstanding Alumni Academy of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University.

ISITDBT Program for 2013!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the Program Schedule that will be presented at the 2013 ISITDBT Conference in Nashville, TN on November 21, 2013. The Planning Committee was given the research and workshop proposal abstracts, presented anonymously, and the top-rated presentations will be offered in November. I would like to extend thanks to all those who submitted proposals this year, all of which garnered positive attention from the program committee members.

Several of the ISITDBT 2013 offerings will be attended by all Conference registrants.

  • After mindfulness, we are thrilled to start the day with our research panel. The titles of the research presentations are listed in the Conference Schedule page. Clients on wait lists for DBT? PTSD and BPD? Validation findings? Our research presenters certainly have topics relevant to DBT clinical practice.
  • After lunch (and after a “Surprise Offering”), back by popular demand, the Clinical Seminar will return again this year. Drs. Korslund, Rizvi, and Sayrs will again take on the application of DBT strategies using video watched by all attendees. The new twist? This year, the video will be a sample of DBT Skills Group homework review!
  • And of course, the afternoon culmination of the Program Day for all ISITDBT attendees will be Marsha’s “State of DBT” address.
  • These events will be followed by our annual Poster Session and evening cocktail hour, which will give the chance for networking and for more in depth conversations around posters about DBT research and clinical practice. Poster proposals are due September 10th.

Morning workshop offerings will provide an element of choice for ISITDBT attendees.

  • Morning workshop choices will be made at the time of registration (registration will open on or around September 5th), so please review the options now, so that you are ready for registration. Spots may become scarce for some workshops, so please consider registering early (and get the early bird discount, too). While the workshops were chosen by the committee based upon the applicability to DBT practice of the topics proposed, I am sure you will also be thrilled at the variety of topics, since we have been generously been granted four workshop rooms for this year by ABCT this year. Nashville has some wide open spaces!

Here are our four workshop choices for ISITDBT 2013 (choose one):

Come on in and tell us your problems: A clinical round table on DBT with Adolescents, presented by Lorie A. Ritschel, Alec Miller, Laurence Y. Katz, & Jill Rathus

Conducting DBT with adolescents (DBT-A) presents unique and varied challenges above and beyond those that arise in standard DBT. Working with suicidal, multi-problem youth can raise tricky questions around how best to adhere to the original DBT model while adapting the treatment to meet the needs of younger clients. In this workshop, four experts in the field will address issues that arise in conducting DBT with adolescents. Some of the most common issues will be presented first. Next, audience questions and problems will be addressed, with each of the experts weighing in on the issues and discussing the ways in which they and their consultation teams have chosen to address these issues. Finally, with time permitting and depending on audience needs and experience, the experts will field specific questions about teaching the Middle Path skills. This portion of the workshop will be experiential and interactive.

The inside track of how to get and keep your DBT program funded, presented by Nancy McDonald MS, CAC, LPC Quality Assurance Chester County, PA, with Shari Manning, Ph.D., and Helen Best, M.Ed.

Despite the fact that numerous systems have invested heavily in initiatives designed to educate staff in order to implement and utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy, many systems have not succeeded in such efforts with long term sustainability. This presentation draws upon the authors’ extensive involvement in large scale system wide initiatives, which have succeeded not only with installing high quality DBT programs but also with navigating and securing increased reimbursement rates. The principles behind the implementations will be presented along with the clinician and team behaviors that were highlighted to funders to increase rates. An in-depth case study of the implementation of dialectical behavior therapy in a community mental health environment will be presented along with key findings regarding Chester County’s experience. An overview of key findings will be presented along with recommendations for applying the findings to teams in pragmatic ways. Challenges to sustaining the treatment over time will be discussed. There will be time allotted for participants to begin formulating their own plans with guidelines and consultation from the workshop leaders.

Life After DBT: Coaching Clients to Succeed in Usual Care Utilizing the DBT-ACES Approach, presented by Rhea Holler, PsyD and Adam Carmel, Ph.D.

In this experiential workshop, participants will learn to help DBT clients collaborate and cope ahead in order to transition from DBT to ‘usual’ therapeutic care for the second stage of recovery. Presenters will introduce participants to the DBT-ACES (Accepting the Challenge of Exiting the System) skills series developed by Dr. Kate Comtois and her colleagues, specifically the skills module designed to increase self-sufficiency and effective interpersonal behaviors with mental health providers and prescribers. Presenters will review options for clients who have completed a trial of DBT and now face the task of reintegrating back into community mental health contexts. The purpose of this workshop is to give clinicians concrete interventions to help DBT graduates use skills to “be the best client they can be to get the best care they can get (Comtois et al.).” The workshop is intended for DBT trained clinicians or general practitioners who are interested in learning DBT-ACES skills designed to help prepare clients for success in usual care settings.

Engaging the Disengaged Client with DBT, presented by Charlie Swenson, MD

This experiential workshop will explore clinicians’ options and strategies for working with clients in pretreatment that cannot easily be engaged in DBT. What is a clinician to do? The workshop also intends to address the needs of a therapist when a client falls out of commitment and engagement during the course of an ongoing treatment. The workshop intends to address how clinicians “keep on keeping on” when there is little sign of progress, what clinicians do to address client behaviors that take them away from commitment to the treatment, and what clinicians do to address their own increasing helplessness and hopelessness during work with some clients.

We are looking forward to seeing you in November.  Choose your workshops wisely and look for information on the ABCT site about hotel accommodations.

Enjoy August,