A four-hour virtual live (online) training
This 4-hour virtual live workshop is designed to provide an introduction to the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure Protocol (DBT PE) for PTSD, one of the newest developments in DBT research and practice. DBT was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal and self-injuring individuals with multiple mental disorders and pervasive emotion dysregulation. From its inception, DBT has highlighted the role of trauma as a common etiological factor and PTSD as an important treatment target for many clients who receive this treatment. The first two decades of DBT treatment development and research primarily focused on Stage 1 DBT to target behavioral dyscontrol, and DBT’s Stage 2 in which PTSD is targeted was left largely undeveloped. As a result, formal treatment of PTSD during DBT has historically been the exception rather than the norm. The DBT PE protocol, an adapted version of Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, was developed specifically to provide a structured method of treating PTSD within DBT. In this workshop, the rationale and empirical support for integrating DBT PE into DBT will be described. The use of Stage 1 DBT to help clients achieve safety and stability, as well as the criteria for determining readiness to begin Stage 2 DBT PE, will be reviewed. Key tasks of the initial sessions of DBT PE will be explained, including orienting to the treatment rationale, selecting target traumas, and providing psychoeducation. Finally, the core procedures of DBT PE will be described, including how in vivo exposure, imaginal exposure, and processing are used to treat PTSD.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who are familiar with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Harned, M. S. (2022). Treating Trauma in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: The DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol (DBT PE). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
We are offering a 30% discount for a limited number of students enrolled in a mental health related qualification with an Australian University or similar tertiary healthcare program in Australia. If you are eligible, please contact us with a copy of your student ID and we’ll provide a student discount code for your registration.
Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP is a Psychologist and Coordinator of the DBT Program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Dr. Harned has previously worked as the Research Director of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington (2006-2018), Director of Research and Development for Behavioral Tech, LLC (2014-2017), and Director of Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. (2013-2016). Dr. Harned’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol for PTSD as well as methods of disseminating and implementing this and other evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. She regularly provides training and consultation nationally and internationally in DBT and DBT PE and has published extensively on these treatments. She is a certified DBT therapist, a certified PE therapist and supervisor, is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive therapy, and is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.
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