ISITDBT 2014 Workshops

Please review the following ISITDBT 2014 Morning Workshop Choices.  You will be asked to select one workshop choice during your registration for ISITDBT 2014 in Philadelphia, PA, being held on November 20, 2014.  These four workshops will run concurrently, so you will have the opportunity to attend one of these workshops.

DBT in Schools, The Dos and the Donts, presented by Alec Miller, Psy.D., Jim Mazza, Ph.D., Lizz Dexter-Mazza, Psy.D., Sara Steinberg, Ph.D., & Liz Courtney-Seidler, Ph.D.
Both school administrators and clinicians have acknowledged a growing need for DBT programs targeting K-12 students. These programs come in two forms: 1) comprehensive DBT for students already exhibiting emotional and behavioral dysregulation and 2) universal DBT skills training offered in classroom settings. In this workshop, participants will learn more about the particular challenges of providing DBT in school settings. Details of Mazza and colleagues’ DBT-based skills curriculum for in classrooms will be presented. Approaches to assessing the effectiveness of school-based DBT programs will also be discussed. Workshop leaders will share their experiences “from the trenches” of teaching DBT in schools and give participants the opportunity to ask questions.

Transitioning from Stage I to Stage II DBT for Clients with Co-occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, presented by Lauren Jackson, Psy.D., & Kristen Leishman, Psy.D.
Approximately 30% of individuals with BPD have comorbid PTSD and Linehan’s Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder states “the second stage of [DBT] treatment” is “oriented to reducing posttraumatic stress.” However, transitioning a DBT client from Stage I standard DBT to Stage II PTSD treatment requires careful assessment and planning to set the patient up for success. In this workshop, participants will learn the practical skills of how to prepare a patient for Stage II: identifying pretreatment goals for Stage II work; effectively introducing and providing evidence-based trauma treatment; assessing and treating obstacles that may arise, and identifying modifications to existing interventions that may be necessary in Stage II work for more effective outcomes.

Running a Successful Free Standing DBT Clinic: Learning from the Dialectical Dilemmas, presented by Andrew White, Ph.D., Jesse Homan, L.P.C., Kathryn Patrick, L.C.S.W., & Josh Smith, L.M.S.W.
Running a free-standing DBT clinic requires more than just knowing the model: it involves dialectically balancing the needs of clients, therapists, the community, and management staff. This workshop reflects the experiences of three major, free-standing, private DBT agencies across the United States in resolving these tensions. Owners, management staff, and direct service staff will present their strategies for success, including how to apply the DBT philosophy to the clinic’s management and supervision structure. In the experiential portion of this workshop, participants will use a checklist created by the presenters to identify a dialectical dilemma faced by their own clinic or agency and create a problem-solving proposal they can take home with them.

The Use of “Stinging Goals” in DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Work, presented by Jeremy E. Stone, Ph.D.
How do you teach Interpersonal Effectiveness when your client appears to have multiple competing goals? For example, her Objective Effectiveness goal may be to ask her boss for a raise, but she also wishes to punish him for not offering it to her spontaneously. This wish could be framed as simply the result of anger, a “factor reducing interpersonal effectiveness.” However, Dr. Stone’s experience with adolescents and parents indicates it is often more helpful to frame it as a “stinging goal”: a validatable goal in its own right, even if it does not contribute to the client’s effectiveness with other goals. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to role-play expressing versus omitting stinging goals to experience the changing effects on themselves and their partners. The workshop will also introduce techniques for reducing the negative impacts of stinging goals, such as “reverse empathy,” sharing one’s predicament with the other person, and “persuading with the relationship to leverage the objective.”