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Digital Seminar

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: 85 Core DBT Skills Training

Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D.
11 Hours 52 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 01, 2018
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  • Enhance your client’s capability to change
  • Innovative and creative ways to teach DBT skills
  • DBT skills training presented in a way you can understand them! - for all clincians!

By popular demand, you can now learn “just the skills”.

You don’t have to be a Dialectical Behavior (DBT) therapist for your clients to benefit from the DBT skills. Learn 85 DBT skills in this recording.

This recording is intended for any therapist, from expert to novice, practicing any model of treatment - from psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and more. You and your clients can benefit from learning 85 practical DBT skills. 

Designed to enhance the client’s capabilities to change, dialectical behavior therapy teaches clients four major sets of life skills:

  1. Core Mindfulness Skills (what do you do and how do you become mindful)
  2. Distress Tolerance Skills (crisis survival skills)
  3. Emotion Regulation Skills (increasing emotions to feel that life is worth living)
  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills (assertiveness training while maintaining relationships and self-respect)

DBT skills training is considered the easiest mode to implement in a variety of settings. These skills are now being taught to clients who suffer from self-harm, treatment-resistant depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction - in addition to borderline personality disorder.

Watch Dr. Vaughn and learn how to pick and choose which skills are the most appropriate for your client population and how to teach them. The research now informs us that DBT skills alone work.



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Owner/ Clinical Psychologist


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.  She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

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. Teach DBT skills in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
  3. Integrate DBT skills for individual and group therapy treatment.
  4. Utilize DBT skills for treating mental health symptoms, chemical dependency and complex co-morbidity.
  5. Demonstrate mindfulness techniques to make mindfulness more understandable and acceptable to clients.
  6. Articulate a variety of strategies for teaching DBT skills to clients.
  7. Recommend how to seamlessly integrate DBT skills into individual therapy.
  8. Discriminate the DBT model from cognitive behavioral, client-centered, and other treatment modalities.
  9. Practice a multi-layered approach to validation of clients’ thoughts and feelings.
  10. Demonstrate the distress tolerance skills that will help clients survive crisis situations and learn how to not act on urges.
  11. Communicate interpersonal effectiveness skills and the importance of increasing and maintaining positive relationships in clients’ lives.
  12. Demonstrate through discussion and exercises how to bring the DBT skills into a treatment plan to move the client toward behavior change(s).


  • Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    • Why Dialectics and what does that mean anyway?
    • Common “Dialectical Dilemmas”
    • Current research on using DBT skills portion of full DBT program
  • Core DBT Skills Training
    • Demographics and structure
    • Rules of DBT Skills Training Group
    • Targets of DBT Skills Training Group
    • Roles of facilitators
  • Mindfulness Skills
    • 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)
    • Skills: Observe, describe, participate
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
    • Tolerate and survive a crisis (without making it worse)
    • “Distract” themselves in their attempts to regulate their emotions
    • “Radically Accepting” the crisis as it is and letting go of the struggle
    • Self-soothing the five senses in times of a crisis
    • Skills: TIPP, STOP
    • Wise Mind ACCEPTS
  • 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
    • Skills acronyms: DEAR MAN, GIVE, FAST
    • 6 levels of validation in DBT
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
    • Regulate or even change intense emotions
    • Decrease emotional vulnerability
    • Skills: Check the Facts, Opposite Action, Cope Ahead
  • Special Population: Skills for ANY Addiction
    • Dialectical abstinence
    • Urge surfing
    • Pros and cons
    • Alternative rebellion
    • Avoiding cues & triggers

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

Target Audience

Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals

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