Nominations for the 2016 Cindy Sanderson Educator Award

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of Dialectical Behavior Therapy by way of education of clinicians, researchers, and the general public. Previous recipients of the Educator Award include Charlie Swenson (2002), Heidi Heard and Michaela Swales (2009), and Linda Dimeoff (2011). Please submit a nomination letter for the ISITDBT Educator Award indicating the evidence supporting the nominee’s contribution to the DBT Community via the nominee’s efforts to educate on DBT and/or Borderline Personality Disorder.

Deadline: Friday, September 23rd 2016

2016 Workshops

ISITDBT 2016 Workshops:

Putting Case Conceptualization into Action in Therapy Sessions
Charles Swenson, M.D., Kelly Koerner, Ph.D.
In this workshop, the instructors will demonstrate how to create user-friendly case conceptualizations and mini-treatment plans in collaboration with the client, and show how to activate those conceptualizations and plans as needed in sessions.  This includes orienting the client to the presence of the controlling variable, providing him/her with a graphic mini-formulation in the moment, and engaging the client in the “pre-fabricated” mini-treatment plan.

DBT-A+ Programming: An Adapted Dialectical Behavior Therapy Approach for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder & Related Neurological Conditions  Without Comorbid Intellectual Disability
Deanna Walsh-Bender, M.S.Ed., L.M.S.W., Catherine Faith Kappenberg, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
This workshop will guide the participant through the underpinnings of DBT yet through the lens of DBT-A+, which has been conceptualized and created specifically for this niche of an often underserved, misunderstood, and marginalized population. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to participate experientially in a brief autism simulation so as to gain a deeper understanding of the treatment targets relevant to individuals with ASD along with their neurologically related peers.

DBT for Pre-Adolescent Children: Overview of Major Adaptations.
Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy adapted for pre-adolescent children (DBT-C) aims to improve functioning in affected children by teaching adaptive coping skills and helping parents create a validating and a change-ready environment. DBT-C retains the theoretical model, principles and therapeutic strategies of standard DBT, and incorporates almost all of the adult DBT skills and didactics into the curriculum. However, the presentation and packaging of the information are considerably different to accommodate for the developmental and cognitive levels of pre-adolescent children. Further, a parent training component has been added to the model. This presentation discusses the theoretical model and the treatment target hierarchy, provides an overview of the adaptations made to skills training and individual therapy, discusses the addition of the parent training component, and briefly presents preliminary evidence to support the model.

DBT and Research: Making Your Grant Competitive
Joel Sherrill, PhD, Michelle Berk, PhD, Tina Goldstein, PhD, Marianne Goodman, MD, Melanie Harned, PhD, Jacqueline Pistorello, Ph.D.
In recent years it has become increasingly more difficult to find funding to support
advancements in DBT research, especially in the US. This difficulty is discrepant with the increased interest from the clinical community in DBT as well as with the need to improve this complex treatment targeting a difficult to treat population. In support of the DBT research community we have gathered a panel of experts that can talk about how to successfully find funding for DBT grants. Dr. Joel Sherrill, from the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research, will provide a brief presentation on NIMH mechanisms for funding that are most relevant to DBT researchers and discuss how investigators can shape applications to be consistent with current NIMH priorities. Drs. Berk, Goldstein, Goodman, Harned, and Pistorello, will then talk about how they successfully secured funding for their lines of DBT research and will share lessons learned from the process. We will leave at the end time for questions for all panel members, including the possibility of small group discussion about how to make different grant ideas competitive.