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Charles Jacob, Ph.D.
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Aug 18, 2021
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Charles Jacob, Ph.D., is a psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience conducting and overseeing the delivery of mental health services to individuals with severe mood and personality disorders as well as their families. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania branch of the American Counseling Association and maintains a robust private practice in the suburbs of Philadelphia as a licensed psychologist, professional counselor and marriage and family therapist.
In addition to training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, Dr. Jacob is an expert in Cognitive Therapy and a highly regarded clinician and scholar. He is a recipient of PCA's David W. Hall Advocacy Award and has been a featured interview in Counseling Today as well as NPR's The Pulse.
Dr. Jacob is a full-time faculty member in the Human Development Quantitative Methods Division at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. He received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University and completed a year of additional training at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Financial: Charles Jacob is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Charles Jacob is a member of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association; American Counseling Association; and the American Mental Health Counseling Association.
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- Analyze the origins of Biosocial Theory and communicate the clinical implications of the theory.
- Determine how DBT skills can help clients identify unhealthy interaction styles.
- Determine how mindfulness skills can empower clients to interpret situations in new ways and react in healthier ways.
- Demonstrate how clinicians can effectively teach DBT skills and encourage support and constructive feedback in a group setting.
- Develop ways in which clinicians can maximize client buy-in for DBT homework assignments.
- Determine how interpersonal skills training can be used with clients to improve relationships.
- Determine how DBT skills can be used to decrease the likelihood of compassion fatigue in clinicians.
- Demonstrate how DBT skills can be utilized to identify and overcome obstacles to changing emotions and reactive behaviours.
- Devise ways in which DBT can be adapted for working with children and adolescents.
- Appraise how DBT can be used in working with trauma survivors.
- Demonstrate how diary cards can be used by clients to monitor their emotions and track how they are using DBT skills to deal with challenges.
- Effectively utilize a chain analysis with clients to help them gain insight into how they can change problem behaviours.
- Determine how opposite action strategies can be used by clients to reduce self-destructive urges.
- Support how interpersonal effectiveness exercises can be employed in therapy to help clients keep relationship without sacrificing their self-respect.
- Utilize a pros and cons list that can help clients see the consequences of their actions and make better choices when they are faced with a difficult decision.
- Apply strategies to confront therapy interfering behaviours and help clients overcome avoidance.
- Determine how Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions can help clients foster radical acceptance of traumatic events and reduce feelings of shame, guilt and fear.
- Demonstrate how the STOP skills can help clients to manage crisis situations and prevent them from doing something impulsive they might regret later.
- Determine how clinicians can use the levels of validation to enhance the therapeutic alliance and teach clients to validate themselves.
- Employ DBT skills that can be used with clients to reduce self-harm and suicidal behaviours.
- Develop a client’s Wise Mind state so they can be more aware and less impulsive in their actions.
Foundations of DBT
- Biosocial Theory
- Characteristics of DBT
- DBT as an evidence-based practice
- Dialectics: the balance of acceptance and change
DBT in the Clinical Setting
- Application of DBT in the individual and group therapy setting
- Skills training methods
- Validation strategies
- Research and limitations
DBT Skills Training
Mindfulness: Cultivate the Skills at the Core of Successful DBT Therapy
- Acceptance vs. judgement
- Wise mind – achieve harmony between emotion and reason
- Accessible exercises for building mindfulness skills
- Observation – keep clients calm, centred and aware
- Describe – overcome assumptions
- Participation – release judgement and fear
- Strategies for teaching mindfully and exercises for therapy
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Skills to Build Better Relationships and Lives
- Tools to identify strengths
- Balancing relationships with self-respect
- Exercises and role play guidance on how to:
- Develop healthy assertiveness skills
- Enhance conflict resolution skills
- Build empathy
- Keep problems from building up
- Resist pressure
- Top strategies for changing behaviour
Emotion Regulation: Practical Skills for Healthier Emotions and Greater Resilience
- Strong emotions and poor coping skills
- How to change unwanted emotions
- Reduce emotional vulnerability while practising self-care
- Opposite action skills to reduce maladaptive behaviour
- Emotion Regulation exercises
- Self-soothing strategies that work
- Learn the sleep hygiene protocol
Distress Tolerance: Skills to Cope with Painful Moments and Survive Crisis
- Developing crisis survival and reality acceptance skills
- 4 options to solving problems
- Problem-solving case studies
- Using pros and cons to make decisions
- STOP skills to manage crisis situations
- The steps to practising radical acceptance
- Tools to accept change
DBT in Clinical Practice
- Analyzing behaviours; chain analysis & missing links analysis
- Diary cards and homework with clients
- Identify therapy interfering behaviours
- Develop skills to identify and manage self-harming & suicidal behaviours
Self-Harm and Suicidal Crises: A Roadmap for Assessment and Intervention
- Screening and assessment tools for self-harming behaviours
- Interventions and treatment considerations for the self-harming population
- Suicide risk as a skills deficit problem
- Tools and techniques to assess for level of risk
- Firearms, medications, and lethal-means restriction plans that work
- Safety plans and crisis intervention
Adapt DBT with Different Populations
- Children and adolescents
- Trauma survivors
- Substance abusers
DBT: The Therapist and Consultation Group
- 3 ways to decrease therapist burnout
- The characteristics of an effective DBT team
- Integrating DBT into your practice
- Social Workers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Addiction Counselors
- Case Managers
- Mental Health Professionals
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