Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT

For the past 25 years, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been a specialized treatment to help people who suffer from intolerable emotional pain that detrimentally impacts their quality of life. DBT, as an evidence-based treatment, has been proven its treatment efficacy to relieve the symptoms of emotional dysregulation, interpersonal dysregulation, chronic suicidal crisis, eating disorders, addiction disorders, and so on. It was originally developed to treat patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, who were suffering from relentless emotional distress and extreme emotional dysregulation. DBT has been incorporated with extensive clinical research and evidence, and it is known as a primary psychotherapy treatment to treat adults, child/adolescent and their families in various clinical settings. DBT is comprised of individual DBT sessions and group DBT skills training classes. Several research data consistently support that more than 70% of DBT treatment participants experience significant reduction of their symptoms. The primary goal of DBT skills training is to increase resiliency and assist our clients to live a life worth living. DBT provides a variety of skills to accept this moment of life as is, to learn how to change unwanted behaviors, miserable feelings and thoughts, and to help change the distressful events. DBT group skills training is the class to acquire these essential skill sets.

DBT Workshop with Marsha Linehan in Seoul

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center of Korea/the Tree Group hosts DBT training workshops in Korea with the help of Marsha Linehan and Behavioral Tech, Inc. It is our commitment to disseminate DBT ethically and professionally in Korea.

In this special workshop, Dr. Marsha Linehan will provide intensive instruction in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for treating borderline personality disorder and chronic suicidal clients.

Day 1 of the workshop is designed to be a comprehensive overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). It is intended for professional s who wish to familiarize themselves with treatment or who are considering further training in DBT. DBT balances change-based technology (behavior therapy) with acceptance-based principals (validation). Both of these strategies will be introduced along with dialectical strategies (those that provide the balance of acceptance and change). The frame of DBT will be highlighted and the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT will be defined. Methods of instruction include lectures, videotapes of treatment and practice exercises to teach the principles and strategies of DBT. The following topics are covered: 1) the diagnosis and biosocial theory of borderline personality disorder; 2) the ways in which DBT treatment is targeted and structured for multi-problem, high-risk clients including the modes and functions of comprehensive DBT programs; 3) basic strategies used in DBT including problem solving, validation and dialectical strategies; and 4) introduction to DBT psycho-educational group skills training.

Day 2 and 3 training covers the fundamentals of DBT Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn how to set up a group, goals and guidelines; begin to teach skills; be a co-leader; identify and solve common problems in skills groups, make skills lectures come alive, give meaningful homework assignments and review homework assignments in a way that promotes active engagement with different client populations and settings.

Dr. Linehan will use lecture, practice assignments, role-play, homework review, and Q&A sessions to provide participants with a practical and experiential learning environment. This course is designed for professionals who want to learn to teach, or improve their teaching of, DBT skills to clients. Participants should have read Linehan’s (1993) Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder prior to attending the training.