Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: an introduction An evening webinar with Dr Alexander L. Chapman Online, 13 March 2018 (Tuesday) 5:00pm - 8:00pm, London, UK time
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, cognitive behavioural therapy, with demonstrated efficacy for complex presentations including borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT includes individual therapy, group skills training, telephone or other forms (e.g., milieu coaching) of behavioural skills coaching, and a therapist consultation team. Based on the biosocial theory that BPD develops from a transaction of an emotionally vulnerable temperament and an invalidating rearing environment, the central focus of DBT is dealing with the difficulty of emotion regulation. Originally developed to help highly suicidal clients, DBT has accumulated considerable evidence for the treatment of BPD and related presentations including self-injury, suicidal behaviour, substance use problems and anger management concerns. Both the Australian National Health and Medical Resource Council and the UK’s National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health have concluded that DBT has the most evidence among current treatments for BPD. This webinar will introduce attendees to the theory and practice of DBT. Dr. Chapman will discuss the biosocial and dialectical theories underlying DBT, the structure of therapy, and some of the core intervention strategies, including the balancing of acceptance and change and skills for enhancing emotion regulation. The webinar will be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who are interested in learning more about DBT and whether they would like to incorporate DBT strategies or theory into their practice. Specific topics will include: The biosocial theory of BPD Dialectical theory and the balancing of core interventions in DBT An overview of the structure and format of DBT Specific skills and strategies to improve emotion regulation About the speaker Alexander L. Chapman, Ph.D., R.Psych. is a professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), a registered psychologist, and president of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Chapman received his B.A. (1996) from U.B.C. and his M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003) in clinical psychology from Idaho State University, following an internship at Duke University Medical Center. After completing a two-year post-doc with Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, he joined the faculty at SFU. He studies emotion regulation, borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-injury, and related problems. He has produced over 95 publications, including 10 books and many book chapters and scientific publications. Dr. Chapman received the Young Investigator’s Award of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (2007), the Canadian Psychological Association’s Early Career Scientist Practitioner Award (2011), a Career Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence (at SFU), and is a Fellow of the ABCT and CACBT. He co-founded the DBT Centre of Vancouver, regularly trains clinicians and students in effective treatments for complex clinical problems, and has given over 80 clinical workshops for practitioners. He also is board certified in both CBT (CACBT) and DBT (Linehan Board). Webinar Schedule 4.45PM: Online Registration 5.00PM: Session 1: DBT theory and structure Biosocial theory Role of emotion vulnerability Role of invalidating environment Dialectics Theory How theory informs practice Balancing acceptance and change Structure of DBT 4 key components of DBT 6:30PM: Break 6:45PM: Session 2: Strategies to improve emotion regulation Understanding emotions Skills to reduce vulnerability to emotions Skills to change emotions 8:00pm: Close

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