Advanced DBT: Treating Emptiness, Anhedonia, Relationship Chaos, and Other Sticky Problems

Approved by NASW, NH Chapter, for 6.0 Category 1 CE Credits, #3356

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Time8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Morning Coffee & Muffins, and Lunch is included)

LocationThe Derryfield Country Club

Cost$130 Please make checks payable to: The MHCGM

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Description:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been shown, in dozens of studies, to be very effective at reducing self-harm, suicide attempts, aggression, substance use problems, eating disorders, relationship chaos and distress, and other out-of-control behaviors. Training in DBT typically focuses on how to treat these “Stage 1” primary targets, in part by helping people learn skills to reduce these life-threatening or severely impairing behaviors.

However, more diffuse problems can be more difficult to identify, assess, and target for improvement. These may include common problems in BPD and related disorders such as feelings of profound emptiness, anhedonia, loneliness and relationship chaos and distress. In this workshop, we will focus on identification and assessment of these more diffuse targets, which are common not only in BPD, but in related disorders as well. We will focus on how to use mindfulness skills in particular to treat these sticky problems. The workshop will include lecture, demonstration, and practice opportunities for participants.

Course Objectives:

1. Describe “emptiness” in a practical, behavioral way, in the context of a client’s cultural experience.
2. Use mindfulness to increase the experience of a consistent (non-empty) self.
3. Use mindfulness skills in the treatment of anhedonia.
4.  Use relationship mindfulness skills to help clients improve and stabilize their relationships

About Our Presenter:

Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, is the Program Director of the 3East Boys Intensive Program and Director of Family Services for 3East Continuum at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.

Dr. Fruzzetti is on the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the International Society for DBT, and the Linehan Institute. He has authored more than 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters and has lectured and trained professionals in more than a dozen countries on BPD, DBT, and family interventions.

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