Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)


This is a live in person interactive training


Denise R. Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC – 5 CEU’s

9:30 to 4:00

June 30, 2022


Onward Behavioral Health, 9815 Roosevelt Blvd, Suite B. Philadelphia, PA 19114

Price per person $139



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 frequency of hospitalizations, remain engaged in therapy, and decrease substance use. DBT blends cognitive and behavioral interventions with acceptance-based strategies derived from mindfulness.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of DBT treatment.
2. Understand the biosocial theory of emotional dysregulation.
3. Describe biosocial 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 your own practice.
6. Justify a client referral for DBT treatment.


9:00 – 9:30

Registration and continental breakfast


DBT overview: treatment effectiveness and the focus of DBT treatment


Understanding the biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation

Experiential: The Behavior Game

10:45 – 11


11:00 – 11:30

Overview of DBT Modules

11:30 – 12

School Based Application: rationale and overview of 8 session curriculum

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch- on your own

1:00 – 2:15

Skills Group Experiential:  States of Mind, Validation of Self and Others, Dialectics, The Function of Emotions

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 3:30

DEAR MAN, STOP Skill, TIPP Skill, Radical Acceptance

3:30 – 3:50

Small Group to Large Group Guided Discussion

3:50 – 4:00

Evaluations and Closing Activity



CEU Hours: 

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 5 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 Presenter:

Denise R. Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC is owner and practitioner therapist of Mangata Services as well as adjunct faculty at Drexel and Villanova Universities. Denise is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Art Therapist, as well as a Registered, Board Certified and an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor through the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Denise received her DBT training from the University of Washington and has opportunity to learn directly from DBT founder Marsha Linehan. For over 20 years, Denise has been practicing as a therapist treating people 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.


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. Thank you.

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  • June 30, 2022 9:30 am   -   4:00 pm
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