Getting Started in DBT: Theory Overview and Skill Development – (Part 1 and 2)

Denise R. Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC – 3 CEU’s

October 28, 2020 9:30 to 12:30


November 6, 2020, 9:30 to 12:30

A live interactive training using the Zoom Pro platform in two parts

$89 each or $143 pp. for attendance at both sessions, a 20% discount


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an innovative, evidence-based treatment developed by Marsha Linehan Ph.D. specifically for chronically suicidal patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). More recently, DBT is being used to treat other populations including patients with eating disorders and addictions, and has been specifically adapted for the treatment of emotionally dysregulated adolescents. This empirically validated treatment has been shown to help patients reduce suicidal and self-harm behavior, reduce the frequency of hospitalizations, remain engaged in therapy, and decrease substance use. DBT blends cognitive and behavioral interventions with acceptance-based strategies derived from mindfulness.

Training Objectives:

Day 1: 10-28-20
1. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of DBT treatment.
2. Understand the biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation.
3. Describe bio-social theory, the transaction between emotional vulnerability and invalidation.
4. State the functions and modes of DBT treatment.
5. Distinguish how mindfulness is used in DBT and apply principles to their own practice.
6. Justify a client referral for DBT treatment.

Day 2: 11-6-20
1. Detect how humans interact with the world to get their needs met through a behavior shaping role-play
2. Define the four modules of DBT
3. Understand the differences between clinical full model and group only application of DBT skills
4. Apply specific DBT skills to skills-only groups
5. Identify potential barriers to clinical application of DBT skills groups
6. Role play teaching and learning of DBT skills from various modules


This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 of 6 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Speaker:

Denise R. Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC is the Assistant Director of Art Therapy at Cedar Crest College as well as owner and practitioner therapist of Mangata Services. Denise is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Registered, Board Certified and an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor through the Art Therapy Credentials Board. She received her graduate degree from Drexel University. Denise received her DBT training from the University of Washington and was able to learn directly from DBT founder Marsha Linehan. For over 20 years, Denise has been practicing as a therapist primarily treating adolescents with histories of complex interpersonal trauma. She works as a consultant for many local agencies and organizations including Mastery Charter Schools and The Philadelphia Art Museum providing clinical supervision and programming related to trauma-informed care.

Denise has presented at city, state, national and international conferences in the areas of DBT, trauma informed care, trauma and neurobiology, pedagogy, and clinical supervision. She has several articles published in peer reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to seminal texts on her clinical work with adolescents.


Day 1 Agenda 11-6-20

9:30 – 9:45 DBT review Facilitator Led, Experiential
9:45 – 10:15 Understanding the biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation
Experiential: The Behavior Game
Facilitator led; experiential
10:15 – 10:30 Review of DBT Modules Facilitator led
10:30 – 10:45 Skills group only application: rationale and overview of 8 session curriculum Facilitator led, experiential
10:45– 11:00 BREAK
11:00 – 11:30 Skills Group Experiential: States of Mind, Validation of Self and Others, Dialectics, The Function of Emotions Break out rooms
11:30-12:00 DEAR MAN, STOP Skill, TIPP Skill, Radical Acceptance Break out rooms
12:00 – 12:15 Small Group to Large Group Guided Discussion Facilitator led discussion
12:15 – 12:30 Evaluations and Closing Activity Participant led


Day 2 Agenda 10-28-20

9:30 – 9:45 Introductions, Orientation to online workshops. Facilitator Led, Experiential
9:45 – 10:15 DBT overview: treatment effectiveness and the focus of DBT treatment Facilitator Led
10:15 – 10:45 Understanding the biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation Facilitator led/large group discussion
10:45 – 11:15 Functions of DBT Facilitator led, experiential
11:15 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 12 Overview of DBT Modules Facilitator Led, clinical vignettes
12:00 -12:20 Treatment Targets, DBT in Action Group Discussion, question and answer
12:20 – 12:30 Conclusion and evaluations Participant led

Procedure: After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a packet containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email ( prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee.

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  • November 6, 2020 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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