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2014 DBT Conference: Practice-Based Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training
2014 DBT Conference: Practice-Based Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training


When:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Friday, March 14, 2014

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Course Description:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has evolved from the go-to treatment for borderline personality disorder to one of the most recognized and sought after therapies for a variety of difficult to treat client problems. The increasing pressure to adopt treatments that work makes DBT skills and strategies a must-have for all types of therapists.

This conference will teach you DBT from theory to application with up-to-date, accessible teaching and experiential exercises that emphasize evidence-based practice and therapeutic factors rather than rote adherence to a manual.

In four days, therapists of all levels will learn DBT essentials to integrate into their own practice, to confidently practice from a DBT orientation, and to continue their own personal development as a DBT therapist.

Grounding DBT into the contextual model of therapy, author and international speaker Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP, DBTC, will show you how to customize this empirically supported treatment across settings and populations to make it work for you and your clients.


Developing the Foundation
  1. Describe DBT from the contextual model of therapy.
  2. Evaluate DBT research in light of the contextual model and the Evidence-Based Practice of Psychology (EBPP).
  3. Match DBT philosophies and interventions to the therapeutic factors that most improve outcomes.
  4. Explain dialectic philosophies and their application in therapy.
  5. Demonstrate how the core assumptions of DBT are put into action.
  6. Explain how DBT theory drives interventions.
  7. Develop the fluid movement between validation and change strategies.
  8. Integrate mindfulness into therapy (and your own life).
  9. Implement an effective therapy structure that includes identifying clear treatment targets.

Skills Training
  1. Integrate skills training into therapy.
  2. Identify teaching strategies for skills training sessions.
  3. Demonstrate how to effectively teach the four standard DBT skills modules.
  4. Explain and teach supplemental DBT skills and modules.
  5. Practice skills training techniques in small groups.
  6. Describe how to seamlessly integrate skills into individual therapy.

DBT Therapy
  1. Summarize DBT from cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other approaches.
  2. Practice a multi-layered approach to validation.
  3. Maintain balance validation with the most effective (and practical) methods of behavior change.
  4. Practice reciprocal and irreverent communication styles.
  5. Demonstrate the key differences between traditional cognitive interventions and DBT-style cognitive interventions.
  6. Practice therapy techniques with effective pacing, balance, and flow.
  7. Determine when to use (and not to use) exposure techniques.

Managing Challenging Behaviors
  1. Demonstrate DBT diary cards and chain (change) analysis.
  2. Operate with consultative groups and treatment teams.
  3. Assess and manage self-injurious and suicidal behaviors with clear protocols and safety plans.
  4. Establish clear plans for hospitalizations.
  5. Establish a plan for your further developments as a DBT therapist.
  6. Describe how you will use DBT in your practice.


Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP, DBTC, has provided DBT training and consultation to over 8,000 professionals in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. A real-world practitioner, Dr. Pederson co-owns Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS), one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the United States with four clinic locations in Minnesota ( At MHS Dr. Pederson has developed DBT programs for adolescents, adults, people with dual disorders, and people with developmental disabilities. He has served as clinical and training directors, has directed practice-based clinical outcome studies, and has overseen the care of thousands of clients in need of intensive outpatient services.

Dr. Pederson also founded Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA), the first active organization to certify DBT providers and accredit DBT programs (

Dr. Pederson’s DBT publications include: The Expanded Dialectical Behavior therapy Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition (PPM, 2017); Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Contemporary Guide for Practitioners (Wiley, 2015); and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings (PPM, 2013).

Notable organizations he has trained for include Walter Reed National Military Hospital, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Ontario Psychological Association, and Psychotherapy Networker. Dr. Pederson currently serves on the advisory board for the doctorial counseling program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is a peer reviewer for Forensic Scholars Today.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lane Pederson maintains a private practice. He is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Dr. Pederson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lane Pederson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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