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Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Take your current knowledge of DBT to the next level. This training will help you focus on individual DBT techniques, specifically the behavioral chain analysis. Many DBT clinicians agree that the individual mode of DBT is the most difficult mode to implement. This training will help you add another tool to your DBT tool belt and increase your confidence while delivering this comprehensive model.
National expert and speaker Dr. Stephanie Vaughn will use case examples, recordings of actual sessions, role-plays and an up-beat, high energy and down-to-earth presentation to teach these advanced topics. Stephanie has the unique ability to translate the most challenging concepts from DBT to simple practical terms, so you are ready to use these skills the next day with your clients.

  • Take your knowledge in DBT to the next level
  • Major emphasis on specific individual DBT techniques
  • Hands-on practice using specific DBT strategies
  • Become proficient in behavioral chain analysis


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Stephanie Vaughn
6 Hours 13 Minutes
Audio and Video
27 Jan, 2017
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Digital Seminar
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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards



Stephanie Vaughn's Profile

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Psy.D., Owner/ Clinical Pshychologist


Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist-HSP is the founder of Psyche, PLLC, a boutique outpatient therapy practice with two locations: Boston, MA & Nashville, TN.  She is an associate faculty member at Vanderbilt University in both the psychology and psychiatry departments. She conducts Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with both adolescents and adults as a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™.  She is considered 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. She founded and currently runs Vanderbilt's DBT Peer Consultation Group. She has served as a consultant for a variety of government institutions, the military, 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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Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


  1. Integrate the theory and techniques of DBT into your clinical practice.
  2. Evaluate the communication/stylistic strategies used in DBT.
  3. Incorporate the behavioral chain analysis for specific target behaviors with clients.
  4. Utilize the six levels of validation in therapy sessions.
  5. Structure an individual session based on stage 1 target behavior.
  6. Teach the use of diary cards to reinforce use of DBT skills.


Movement, Speed, Flow and Dialectics

  • Developing goals with clients
  • DBT client and therapist agreements
  • Decreasing and assessing suicidal and self-harming behaviors
  • Increasing Skill Acquisition and Strength
  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Schema Change Methods – The CBT of DBT
  • Improving the Moment and Dialectical Synthesis

Communication/Stylistic Strategies

  • Reciprocal communication — Being responsive, genuine and engaging
  • Irreverent communication — “Plunging in where angels fear to tread”

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
  • How to review a diary card in an individual therapy session
  • Where to look for and what to treat on a diary card
  • Handling diary card non-compliance

The Behavioral Chain Analysis — The ingenuity of DBT

  • Learning the steps to conduct the chain
  • Identifying function in behavior
  • Using behavioral principles in order to “break the chain”
  • Applied case studies

Core DBT Strategies: Validation

  • Levels of Validation — Staying awake to radical genuineness
  • Emotional Validation Strategies
  • Behavioral Validation Strategies
  • Cognitive Validation Strategies


Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals.



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 272


Jamie T - GREENVILLE, Rhode Island

"Presentation was thorough and I loved the handouts, video clips, and examples - all very helpful. Thank you!!"

Ginger C - Nashville, Tennessee

"She did a great job explaining concepts in several different example ensuring the knowledge resonated with a variety of learning styles. "

David L - ORLANDO, Florida

"Very nice program!"

Jesse H - BILLINGS, Montana

"Loved it! I would do 100 of these with Dr. Vaughn."

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