Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 4-Day Conference featuring Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP

Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

King of Prussia, PA
Monday, January 22, 2018 – Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Denver, CO
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ellicott City, MD
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


  • Discriminate DBT from the contextual model of therapy.
  • Evaluate DBT research in light of the contextual model and the Evidence-Based Practice of Psychology (EBPP).
  • Correlate DBT philosophies and interventions to the therapeutic factors that most improve treatment outcomes.
  • Explore dialectic philosophies and their application in therapy
  • Determine how the core assumptions of DBT are put into action in therapy
  • Assess how DBT theory drives therapeutic interventions.
  • Communicate how to balance validation and change strategies in clinical situations
  • Integrate mindfulness techniques into therapy.
  • Implement an effective therapy structure that includes identifying clear treatment goals
  • Practice how to effectively teach the four standard DBT skills modules - mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Design teaching strategies for skills training sessions.
  • Plan and teach supplemental DBT skills and modules.
  • Practice DBT skills training techniques in small groups.
  • Recommend how to seamlessly integrate DBT skills into individual therapy.
  • Discriminate the DBT model from cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other treatment modalities.
  • Practice a multi-layered approach to validation of clients’ thoughts and feelings.
  • Establish balance validation with the most effective (and practical) methods of behavior change.
  • Practice reciprocal and irreverent communication styles, to be utilized within the therapy session.
  • Comment on the key differences between traditional cognitive interventions and DBT-style cognitive interventions.
  • Practice therapy techniques with effective pacing, balance, and flow.
  • Articulate when to use (and not to use) exposure techniques.
  • Employ DBT diary cards and chain (change) analysis.
  • Propose how to operate with consultative groups and treatment teams.
  • Assess and manage self-injurious and suicidal behaviors with clear protocols and safety plans.
  • Establish clear plans for crisis management, including psychiatric hospitalizations.