Seminar Detail

Real-World DBT: Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Fit Your Practice

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

DBT has been the standard of care for borderline personality disorder, but research and practice have shown it to be applicable across settings and populations. Guided by evidence-based practice and moving beyond robotic adherence to a manual, this seminar focuses on applying the methodologies of DBT in customized and effective ways in your clinical practice.

Join Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D. clinical psychologist in Nashville, Tennessee, a clinical faculty member at Vanderbilt University and founder of Psyche, PLLC, and take home practical DBT skills to use with your most difficult-to-treat clients. Learn how to:
  • Use validation to open the doors for change
  • Apply dialectics to balance acceptance with change
  • Respect weaknesses while encouraging strengths
  • Use effective communication styles in therapy
  • Generalize therapeutic gains by keeping behaviorally focused
  • Prevent “therapeutic drift” by focusing on the factors that most improve outcomes

This evidence-based therapy has advanced to the treatment of:
  • Anxiety
  • Impulse-control
  • Addictions
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Complex co-morbid conditions
  • Mood disorders

  1. Validate patient emotional wounds without reinforcing symptoms.
  2. Adapt DBT for the clinical need of the client.
  3. Utilize DBT in individual psychotherapy.
  4. Practice DBT with most major mental health disorders.
  5. Develop strategies to reduce therapy-interfering behaviors and willingness.
  6. Conduct evidence-based DBT adapted to your client’s needs.


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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