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Core Competencies and Implementation of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

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6 CE Credits, $99.99

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral therapy that has amassed empirical support for a range of psychological problems in clinical and nonclinical populations. This course introduces the origins and theoretical underpinnings of DBT. You will learn about the structure and processes involved in conducting DBT as well as the evidence supporting this approach. You will also learn the strategies DBT facilitators use to engage people, and you will be guided through the key elements of the DBT skill-based treatment modules. This course is designed to help you avoid common pitfalls in dealing with individuals who have difficulties regulating emotions. Using a blend of theory and research-based information with detailed case studies, this course will help you utilize the basic principles and treatment components of DBT. In this course you will learn how to conceptualize cases within a DBT framework, how to optimize treatment through the DBT structure, and how to apply advanced techniques for common challenges. This course assumes the learner has foundational knowledge of DBT theory and concepts, and it presents advanced concepts related to the theory and treatment components of DBT as it is used with specific populations and in various settings.


Elan Javanfard is a Psychotherapist (LMFT # 87054) who specializes in reintegrating the whole self, by utilizing present focused methods of discovery and coping. He received his training in multiple highly sought after clinical rotations working along site a multi-disciplinary clinical team to treat chronic and severe mental illness in a low to no cost community based clinics. Mr. Javanfard has a broad range of clinical trainings that he has utilized in multiple settings such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Seeking Safety, Crisis Oriented Recovery Services (CORS), Narrative Family Therapy, and Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS). Furthermore, he has advanced specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk. Currently, he holds a seat on the Board of the Crisis Residential Association and is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.


Section 1: Introduction (30 minutes)

  1. About this Course 
  2. Learning Objectives 

Section 2: Balanced Treatment Strategies (80 minutes)

  1. A Dialectical Approach 
  2. DBT Assumptions 
  3. DBT Case Conceptualization 
  4. Behavioral Analysis 
  5. Finding Solutions/Solution Analysis 
  6. Building and Reviewing Diary Cards 
  7. Levels of Validation 

Section 3: Managing Common Challenges in the Application of DBT  (80 minutes)

  1. Crisis Strategies 
  2. Life-Threatening Behavior Strategies 
  3. Therapy-Interfering Behaviors 
  4. Common Therapy Interfering Behaviors 
  5. Quality-of-Life Interfering Behaviors 
  6. Breaks in Treatment Due to Inpatient Hospitalizations 
  7. Between-Session Phone Consultations 

Section 4: Application of DBT to Diverse Clinical Populations  (70 minutes)

  1. DBT for BPD with Comorbid Substance Use Disorder 
  2. Treatment Targets for DBT with Substance Use Disorder 
  3. DBT for Eating Disorders 
  4. Special Modifications of DBT for Eating Disorders 
  5. Adaptation of DBT Treatment Targets for Eating Disorders 
  6. Let’s Review 
  7. DBT for Families 
  8. Issues to Consider with Family DBT 
  9. DBT for Adolescents 
  10. Modifications for DBT with Adolescents 

Section 6: Putting Your DBT Knowledge into Practice (70 minutes)

  1. Creating Effective DBT Programs 
  2. Things to Consider 
  3. Evaluating Your DBT Program 
  4. Principles for Data Collection 

Section 7: Conclusion (30 minutes)

  1. Summary 
  2. Review

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) best practices in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Identify clients who are appropriate for DBT treatment by directly learning 3 interventions and how to apply them.
  • Demonstrate the benefits of applying DBT techniques in therapy with different clinical populations.
  • Implement boundaries, validation, and functional change strategies with clients through the use of role play.
  • Actionable adjust their clinical vocabulary, tone, and increase empathic response for symptomatic clients.
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 6 Hours

This Webinar Offers 6 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

Official information:

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Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
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