PY 524: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Synonym:

70762 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

David Arbeitman

Credits:

1

Seats:

24

Semester:

Fall 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Sat 10/2 - 10/3 (9:00AM-4:59PM)

Description:

Competency Area: Elective

This is an introductory level course in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment that balances both change and acceptance strategies by blending standard cognitive-behavioral strategies with mindfulness and other acceptance strategies. The focus of this weekend workshop will be on the treatment strategies that comprise the core of DBT: dialectical, validation, problem-solving, change (including managing contingencies, observing limits, skills training, exposure, and cognitive modification), stylistic, case management, structural, crisis and suicidal behavior treatment strategies. As these strategies need to be informed by the dialectical principles essential to DBT, these principles will be explicated within the context of clinical practice. The application of DBT to suicidal adolescents and substance use disorders will also be covered. Lecture, discussion, role-plays, a DBT training tape featuring Dr. Linehan, mindfulness exercises, and small group tasks will be utilized to facilitate the learning of DBT. NOTE: Students are expected to have read Parts I & II of Marsha Linehan’s Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder prior to the first class meeting.