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Dialectical Behavior Therapy: For Clients

Designed in the early 1990s, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) gives hope and confidence to clinicians and clients alike. DBT was originally used to treat chronic suicidal individuals. However, clinicians across the country are using DBT to help treat individuals with a wide range of mental illnesses including but not limited to Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, and addictions.
This seminar recording is designed to help you understand why DBT is so effective with your clients and how it works with borderline personality disorder and other mental health disorders. You will also have a solid foundation in DBT through training. Speaker Dr. Stephanie Vaughn will help you demystify topics related to DBT and borderline personality disorder.
Known as a third-wave therapy, DBT moves away from the strict change strategies found in traditional treatments. In DBT, the therapist and the client balance these traditional change strategies with acceptance and mindfulness. It’s the constant back and forth movement between acceptance and change that makes DBT unique.


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Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D.
6 Hours 16 Minutes
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Jan 26, 2017
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Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist-HSP is the founder of Psyche, PLLC, a boutique outpatient therapy practice located in the Nashville, TN and Boston, MA. She is an associate faculty member at Vanderbilt University in both the psychology and psychiatry departments. Dr. Vaughn conducts Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with both adolescents and adults as a Board Certified DBT Clinician™. She is an expert on therapy-interfering behaviors and contingency management for oppositional behaviors in adolescents.

Dr. Vaughn has worked in the intensive PTSD program at the Department of Veteran Affairs with soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and female soldiers suffering from Military Sexual Trauma where she implemented formal Prolonged Exposure (PE). She is active in the teaching and supervision of DBT for Vanderbilt’s psychology & counseling students and doctoral interns, as well as psychiatry residents. Dr. Vaughn has presented DBT workshops around the country for the last seven years and is a highly rated speaker. She founded and currently runs Vanderbilt’s DBT Peer Consultation Group. She has served as an expert consultant for a variety of hospitals, schools, and clinics around the country.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stephanie Vaughn maintains a private practice.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial:  Stephanie Vaughn is a member of the American Psychological Association.

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  1. Articulate the theories of DBT and their importance.
  2. Assess the 5 Modes and Functions of DBT Treatment.
  3. Utilize the Stages of Treatment in DBT in your practice.
  4. Utilize a variety of DBT skills for treating mental health symptoms, chemical dependency and complex co-morbidity.
  5. Teach DBT skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
  6. Articulate a variety of strategies for teaching DBT skills to clients.


Overview of DBT

  • Why Dialectics and what does that mean anyway?
  • Common “Dialectical Dilemmas” of clients with Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder Defined and Re-Defined
  • Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder… Etiology and why we need to know it
  • Engendering compassion and empathy for this “difficult-to-treat” population
  • Current research on DBT and why it is important to know it

Modes and Functions of DBT

  • Individual Therapy — enhancing motivation
  • Telephone Consultation — enhancing generalization
  • DBT Consultation Group — enhancing motivation & skill of the therapist
  • Skills Training — enhancing capabilities
  • Ancillary Treatments — structuring the environment

Stages and Targets of DBT — Structuring the Treatment

  • Pre-Treatment Stage: Orienting the client to treatment and getting commitment
  • Stage 1 Target Behaviors: Decrease life-threatening, therapy interfering and quality of life interfering behaviors and increase DBT skills
  • Stage 2 Target Behavior: Decrease posttraumatic stress responses
  • Stage 3 Target Behavior: Increase self-respect and achieve individual goals
  • Stage 4 Target Behavior: Increase joy, freedom and spiritual fulfillment
  • Targeting Strategies…What to treat and when

The Diary Card

  • How to teach a client to fill out a diary card
  • Review a diary card in an individual therapy session
  • Where to look and what to treat on a diary card

DBT Skills Training

  • Demographics and structure of the DBT Skills Training Group
  • Rules of DBT Skills Training Group
  • Targets of DBT Skills Training Group
  • Roles of facilitators

Core Mindfulness Skills

  • The “Core” Skills in DBT Skills Training
  • Become more mindful of thoughts, feelings and urges and acting with intuition
  • Decrease the amount of judgments clients make about themselves and others
  • Participating and “throwing yourself in” (with a Wise Mind of course)
Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Tolerate and survive a crisis (without making it worse)
  • “Distract” themselves in their attempts to regulate their emotions
  • Self-Soothing the five senses in times of a crisis
  • “Radically Accepting” the crisis as it is and letting go of the struggle

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

  • Skills to help clients make requests and say NO (and have it stick)
  • Teaching clients how to improve and attend to relationships
  • Self-Respect in the client and the respect others have for them

Emotion Regulation Skills

  • Regulate or even change intense emotions
  • Decrease emotional vulnerability in your client
  • Decrease negative emotions and increase the positive (and staying mindful of them)
  • “Building a Life Worth Living”

Please Note: PESI is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.

Target Audience

Counselors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Case Managers, Mental Health Professionals, Nurses



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 12


DeAnn N - DES MOINES, Iowa

"Great organized presentation. Very positive approach to teaching."

Brocha F - BROOKLYN, New York

"Great course."

sharon s - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado

"Excellent Course!"

Brian U - SAN LEANDRO, California

"Great Course! One of the best I've taken from PESI."

Lori L - SOUTH BEND, Indiana

"Stephanie Vaughn was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about DBT. Enjoyed her no nonsense presentation. I learned a lot. She increased my interest in pursuing more knowledge and skills regarding DBT."

Laura Z - WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana

"This was my first PESI online course--I have enjoyed it and have learned quite a bit."

Jesse H - Billings, Montana

"I would do courses with Dr. Vaughn all of the time. She is intelligent, well-spoken, funny, and relevant. She knows what she is doing, how to teach, and what people need to know. This shows in her presentation."

Kristina M - Flagler Beach, Florida

"Stephanie Vaughn is very knowledgeable about DBT and was able to keep my attention while presenting."

Faith K - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado

"Enjoyed it and it met my expectations!"

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