Clinicians frequently struggle with clients who are “stuck”—miserable yet unwilling or unable to move forward. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) offers highly effective strategies for breaking logjams in therapy and increasing positive outcomes for tough challenges, such as threatening suicide, power struggles in therapy, nonadherence, and constantly shifting symptoms and problems. In this workshop, learn to focus clients on creating a “life worth living” and discover how to:
- Create movement and flow in therapy using both acceptance- and change-based strategies
- Use specific evidence-based tools to quickly engage clients in therapy and determine how best to target symptoms
- Harness the power of dialectics and experience the benefits of mindfulness-based interventions
- Use behavior chain analysis to understand the function of behavior and apply it to therapy to improve outcomes
Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C, was one of the first clinicians in the country to be certified by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification and leads a DBT team in Maryland. He’s the coauthor of What Works with Teens, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents, and Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions.