Applying DBT in Your Clinical Practice

Applying DBT in Your Clinical Practice

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When:  Nov 15, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Registration begins at 8:30am and Workshop is from 9:30am-3:00pm
*registration includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch with mini-expo from 11:30-1:00pm

Earn 4 contact hours for this event.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence based treatment model that demonstrates treatment efficacy in a variety of populations including those who suffer from self-harm, suicide ideation/attempts, eating disorders, PTSD, substance use and addiction, borderline personality disorder and clients who present with failed prior treatments. Developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP, it is a cognitive behavioral treatment that comprises of individual psychotherapy, group skills training, phone consultation, and clinician consultation teams. DBT emphasizes four core skills which include mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Overall, DBT allows clients to develop skills and strategies to develop not only a life worth living but one that generates and supports effective and more meaningful life behaviors. DBT also balances the dialectic between strategies for acceptance and change which enables the client to move from static, rigid thought processes to a worldview that encapsulates the synthesis of opposing perspectives.

While DBT is comprehensive and requires an attentive and nonjudgmental approach to therapy, clinicians can implement DBT skills into their therapy and treatment for their clients. Dr. Linehan is known for saying “what counts are the skills” as skills training is the primary component of DBT that can yield positive results for your clients. In this presentation, you will be introduced to the theory and tenets to DBT as well as learn ways to integrate DBT skills into your practice.

During this presentation, the following learning objectives will be offered:

• Participants will gain knowledge of DBT and what populations it empirically supports

• Introduction to current research as it pertains to DBT

• Learn the 4 modes and stages of DBT, including core treatment strategies and contingency plans

• Participants will learn specific techniques for implementing DBT in both individual and group sessions

• Conceptualize a DBT session and skills group through examples and role plays

• Understand the role of the DBT therapist

• Recognize dialectical dilemmas and how they serve in treatment

• Introduction to suicide assessments and when to hospitalize a client

• Consideration of augmented treatment, including parent/caregiver participation and other services

About the Presenters:

Erika Carlson, LCSW, is a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) focused therapist that is passionate about using DBT with adolescent and adult clients. She is experienced with facilitating DBT skills groups and providing individualized skills training in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Erika is currently providing services at In Step, PC, a private practice in Fairfax, VA.

Rachel Cherian, LCSW, is a DBT focused therapist who works with both adolescents and adults at In Step, PC, a private therapy practice in Fairfax, VA. She is experienced in facilitating DBT skills groups and utilizing DBT in her individual therapy.

Registration Cost: (Early: On or Before 11/11/2019)

Members: Early Regular At the Door Non-Members: Early Regular At the Door

Clinical and General $125 $135 $145 All Categories: $135 $145 $155

Student/Resident/Retired $45 $55 $65

Membership information is available at

Amy Hull, Administrative Assistant, PO Box 2213 Merrifield, VA 22116 (703)400-0751

NVLPC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6130. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NVLPC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Fairfax Hilton Garden Inn
3950 Fair Ridge Dr
Fairfax, VA 22033


Amy Hull