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Fri, Jan 12


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Understanding How Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Techniques can Support Improved Outcomes for System-Involved Youth

Brooke Hailey

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Understanding How Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Techniques can Support Improved Outcomes for System-Involved Youth
Understanding How Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Techniques can Support Improved Outcomes for System-Involved Youth

Time & Location

Jan 12, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Online Event

About the Event

Brooke Hailey, PhD

Training Description

This training will help participants understand the basics of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and its applicability within efforts to support system-involved youth (SIY). The four modules of DBT will be explored and explained in detail including: Mindfulness, Interpersonal effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. Participants will be given skills training worksheets for each module that can be used with system-involved youth and their families.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

· Identify all four modules of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and one skills training exercise that can be used for each module within efforts to support system involved youth.

· Identify 3 key mental health/behavioral health issues for which DBT would be an effective strategy.

· Identify at least 1 crisis survival skill for short-term distress & 1 reality acceptance skill for long-term distress.


10:00-10:30am  Introduction: My experience using DBT as a therapist.

10:30-11:00am  Who benefits from DBT and Why

· Development of DBT by Marsha Linehan for Borderline Personality Disorder

· Other Mental Health areas where DBT has been shown to be effective

11:00am-12:00pm  Mindfulness Skills Training

  • Presenting the role of mindfulness in DBT
  • Understanding what mindfulness practice consists of, and how it is practiced
  • WISE Mind Skills
  • Video: Mindfulness exercises

12:00pm-12:30pm  Lunch (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

12:30-1:30pm  Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Training

  • DEAR MAN communication exercise (Describe, Express, Assert, Reinforce, be Mindful, Appear confident and Negotiate
  • Boundary Setting Exercises
  • GIVE skills (Be Gentle,  act Interested, Validate, use an Easy manner)
  • FAST skills (be Fair, no Apologies, stick to Values, be Truthful 
  • Interactive exercise: Vignettes to practice assertiveness skills and setting boundaries

1:30-2:30pm  Emotion Regulation Skills Training

  • Regulating emotions and building the ability to change or reduce the intensity of emotional responses
  • Learning the function  of emotions
  • Checking the facts: checking the interpretations that can prompt negative emotions
  • Strengthening skills to change emotional responses
  • Reducing unwanted emotions with Opposite Action and Problem Solving
  • Addressing vulnerability to intense emotions 
  • Interactive exercise: Each participant will learn and try to then teach a skills training exercise

2:30-2:45pm  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

2:45-3:30pm  Distress Tolerance Skills Training

  • Developing Crisis Survival Skills for short-term distress
  • Reality Acceptance skills for long-term distress.
  • Learning how to not make a painful situation worse than it needs to be.

3:30-4:00pm  Questions & Answers, Wrap-up

Meet Our Trainer

Brooke Hailey, PhD is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She completed her undergraduate work at New York University and then received her masters from Antioch University and her PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has been in private practice in Los Angeles for more than twenty years. She is also the owner and clinical director of New Directions, an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders. Brooke works with adults, adolescents, couples and families. Though she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, Brooke works with clients who have a variety of issues from depression, anxiety and addiction to relationship issues.

This course meets the qualifications for (5.25) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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