Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Overview

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Overview


Monday, May 11th at 1:30 pm CDT

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Program Description:

The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Approach to treatment applies research about emotions and their management to treatment. This approach is heavily based upon principles of behavior and cognitive therapy. DBT works by helping clients find balance in emotion, thoughts, behavior and/or choices. Clients are taught, as well as shown how to live in balance. Following a year of comprehensive DBT treatment, many clients no longer meet criteria for the diagnosis, and these results are shown to last beyond five years in the follow up studies done to date.

Clients are moved beyond their symptoms through the artful balance of “validation” (relentless compassion and acceptance of the client) and effective technologies of change (primarily cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness strategies).

Program Presenter:

Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD, earned her PhD from the University of Kansas in psychology. She currently works for the Missouri Department of Mental Health developing DBT programming. She provides consultation and supervision to staff in both public and private mental health settings in the U.S. She was the previous DBT Program Coordinator for Fulton State Hospital.

Continuing Professional Education:

We offer the following accreditation which is available during the Web Conference, via a link below the video window: The University of Missouri-Columbia Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this activity.MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.

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