People who struggle to regulate their intense emotional experiences often feel like they are at the mercy of reactive coping patterns. It can seem like these emotional storms hijack their behavior, take control of their thinking, and hurt their relationships with other people and themselves. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provides concepts and skills to help people have more choices, become more emotionally calm, and be more present in their lives. This workshop explores key concepts and useful skills such as tolerating distress, managing emotions, and enhancing interpersonal communication. Participants will discover which populations can benefit the most from DBT, and gain an understanding of concepts, strategies, and tools that can be applied to their work.
Credit Hours (CEU)
Some of the Topics Reviewed
- The Components and Structure of DBT
- Who Tends to Respond Well to DBT
- Balancing Acceptance and Change in DBT
- How Change Occurs in DBT
- The Importance of Validation in DBT
- Strategies and Tools for Mindfulness
- Strategies and Tools for Managing Emotions
- Strategies and Tools for Improving Interpersonal Relationships
- Strategies and Tools for Tolerating Distress
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Identify what dialectical behavior therapy is, who it benefits, and how it is implemented
- Describe the dialectical approach
- Explain the importance of validation and practice using validation skills
- List change strategies in DBT
- Explain and implement skills from the four modules of DBT
About this Workshop
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Kimberly Enns, MSW, RSW
Kimberly is a Registered Social Worker, holding a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her professional experience includes clinical case management, counselling and group facilitation in the child welfare system for high-needs children and youth, as well as in community-based programs for those who struggle with eating disorders and for individuals with intellectual disabilities in conflict with the law. In addition to her work with CTRI, Kimberly maintains a private counseling practice for individuals, couples and families, specializing in the areas of trauma recovery, anxiety, depression, self-injury behavior and disordered eating and body image. Her therapeutic approach is one of warmth and collaboration, recognizing that people are resilient, have inherent wisdom about their lives and are hard-wired for connection with others. Constantly pursuing her own growth as a therapist, Kimberly believes that helpers are energized by fresh ideas and approaches. She draws on her experience in the field and passion for these issues to provide energetic, enlightening and interactive presentations.
This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, and anyone wanting to gain an increased capacity in
their counseling skills.