Full Course Description
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Children and Adolescents: Rescuing the Dysregulated Child
- List the critical “ingredients” for effective DBT therapy.
- Describe the biosocial model of pervasive emotional dysregulation disorders found in innately sensitive children.
- Utilize behavior modification strategies at the earliest stage of dysregulation.
- Describe the importance of structure in both skills training and home environments and how to teach parents or care providers to implement these strategies.
- Communicate how to modify each skills module to reflect the language of the child.
- Appraise the role of parents/therapists/care providers and how to reestablish a safe and loving structure that enables the child to learn and generalize skills.
Developmental Theory and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Adapt DBT to Key Childhood and Adolescent Disorders
Skills Training with Experiential Activities
Mindfulness (reducing vulnerability to self-medicating behaviors common in ADHD & Depression)
Emotion Regulation (attachment disorders, anxiety)
Distress Tolerance (ODD /AD HD/eating disorders)
Behavior Modification and DBT
DBT relationship and change strategies
Validation and change
Practicing dialectical thinking
Creating opportunities to practice skills to avoid ineffective coping behaviors
Group Skills Format
Concurrent skills training
Multifamily skills training
Tracking outcomes to ensure effectiveness of approach