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Using DBT Strategies When Working with Families

  • Courtyard Marriott 75 Felton Street Marlborough, MA, 01752 United States (map)

Presenters: Jennifer Eaton, M.S., LMHC, is the Director of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training and Consultation for The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc and she provides training and consultation to various agencies across the country in DBT.

Marie-Paule de Valdivia, MBA, LCSW worked in advertising and marketing for two decades before experiencing mental health challenges within her own family and after learning about BPD, she joined the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Clinical Expert Series by the Bridge Training Institute

Description: Why use DBT strategies when working with families?  The theory of DBT is based on a developmental model called the biosocial theory.  It was originally designed as an explanation of Borderline Personality Disorder and its development; however, it is a theory of individuals with emotional sensitivity and how the world responds to them beginning with the families.

Families can become divided by intense emotion and invalidation which are the two key aspects of the biosocial theory.  This can lead to relationships deteriorating, emotions intensifying, and behaviors escalating.  Although there are many family system theories and treatment models, DBT teaches and emphasizes building skills to apply to everyday lives – Skill that benefit Children and Parents. It is a practical approach and one with evidence of success.

Please note: This is a DBT specialty course.  It is strongly recommended that those who attend have previous DBT training which may include reading DBT literature or books. Although DBT concepts will be reviewed, they won’t be taught comprehensively.

Those who attend this training can expect to learn how to:

  1. Teach the biosocial theory to families which can increase understanding within the family system

  2. Validate families and teach validation techniques to families

  3. Conduct a family chain analysis and help families come up with practical and skillful solutions

  4. Use DEARMAN when communicating with families and teach families how to use this skill when communicating with each other

  5. Teach families how to observe and communicate one's limits

  6. Coach family members in DBT skills to manage distress

Registration fee: $159 per training (includes 6 CEUs)
Register for any combination of 3 trainings are receive $50 off the total cost.

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