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2-Day Conference: Dialectical Behavior Therapy AND Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Friday, March 21, 2014

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Course Description:

Day 1:

Designed in the early 1990’s, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) gives hope and confidence to clinicians and clients alike. Developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., DBT was originally used to treat chronic suicidal individuals. However, clinicians across the country are using DBT to help treat individuals with a wide range of mental illnesses including, but not limited to, Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, and addictions.

This seminar is designed to help you understand why DBT is so effective with your clients and how it works with borderline personality disorder and other mental health disorders. You will also have a solid foundation in DBT through training. Speaker Dr. Stephanie Vaughn will help you demystify topics related to DBT and borderline personality disorder.

Known as a third-wave therapy, DBT moves away from the strict change strategies found in traditional treatments. In DBT, the therapist and the client balance these traditional change strategies with acceptance and mindfulness. It’s the constant back and forth movement between acceptance and change that makes DBT unique.

Day 2:

Take your current knowledge of DBT to the next level. This training will help you focus on individual DBT techniques, specifically the behavioral chain analysis. Many DBT clinicians agree that the individual mode of DBT is the most difficult mode to implement. This training will help you add another tool to your DBT tool belt and increase your confidence while delivering this comprehensive model.

Come ready to engage in this highly interactive seminar. National expert and speaker Dr. Stephanie Vaughn will use case examples, recordings of actual sessions, role-plays and an up-beat, high energy and down-to-earth presentation to teach these advanced topics. Stephanie has the unique ability to translate the most challenging concepts from DBT to simple practical terms, so you are ready to use these skills the next day with your clients.

Register for one or both seminars:

Day 1: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Day 2: Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Day 1:
  1. Explain the Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder.
  2. Identify the 5 Modes and Functions of DBT Treatment.
  3. Utilize the Stages of Treatment in DBT.
  4. Review a diary card in both individual and group sessions.
  5. Format and structure a DBT Skills Group.
  6. Identify the 4 Modules of DBT Skills Training: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation.

Day 2:
  1. Implement the dialectical strategies used in DBT.
  2. Identify communication strategies used in DBT.
  3. Implement a behavioral chain analysis on specific target behaviors.
  4. Implement six levels of validation.
  5. Structure an individual session based on stage 1 target behavior.
  6. Examine the use of diary cards to reinforce use of skills.


Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist-HSP is the founder of Psyche, PLLC, a boutique outpatient therapy practice located in Nashville, TN and Boston, MA. She is an associate faculty member at Vanderbilt University in both the psychology and psychiatry departments. She conducts Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with both adolescents and adults as a Board Certified DBT Clinician™ . She is an expert on therapy-interfering behaviors and contingency management for oppositional behaviors in adolescents.

Dr. Vaughn has worked in the intensive PTSD program at the Department of Veteran Affairs with soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and female soldiers suffering from Military Sexual Trauma where she implemented formal Prolonged Exposure (PE). She is active in the teaching and supervision of DBT for Vanderbilt’s psychology & counseling students and doctoral interns, as well as psychiatry residents. Dr. Vaughn has presented DBT workshops around the country for the last seven years and is a highly rated speaker. She founded and currently runs Vanderbilt’s DBT Peer Consultation Group. She has served as an expert consultant for a variety of hospitals, schools, and clinics around the country.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Stephanie Vaughn maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Stephanie Vaughn is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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