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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the Real World: Apply DBT for Various Clients

Delicia Mclean
5 Hours 43 Minutes
Sep 16, 2014
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Practical Approach to Application of DBT
People's learning and change styles are influenced by multiple factors including genetic makeup, early learning experiences, previous teaching, culture, and motivation. Clients with various mental health conditions have learned harmful coping strategies that keep them stuck. These behaviors interfere with their abilities to develop a life worth living.

Clients learn better and recover more quickly when therapeutic teaching methods match their preferred learning styles. However, a gap exists between therapists' knowledge and application that can often be the difference between lasting behavioral change and continued struggle for their clients. This recording teaches you how to use each of the DBT skill areas (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness) to effectively promote change in both a group and individual setting. Gain an understanding of how to apply these skills to clients with multiple and complex mental health conditions. At the end of the recording, you can confidentially apply the step-by-step process for conducting DBT, troubleshoot common problems in group therapy, and enhance motivation and commitment to treatment.


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DELICIA MCLEAN, PhD, MHA, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Texas and Nebraska with nearly 10 years of experience specializing in disaster psychology and trauma. Currently, she works in and coordinates the Women’s Trauma Recovery Center (WTRC) at the Central Texas Veterans Health Administration in Temple, TX. The WTRC is a 7-week intensive residential treatment program for female Veterans and Active Duty Service Personnel with histories of military sexual trauma. In addition to her work with WTRC, Dr. Mclean is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Her years working in numerous care facilities has honed her knowledge and application of a number of evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs)—one of which is Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Dr. Mclean obtained a Master’s degree and Doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota. In addition, she recently received a MHA from Baylor University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Delicia Mclean has an employment relationship with the Women’s Trauma Recover Center (WTRC) WTVHCS. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Delicia Mclean is a member of the American Psychological Association; and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).


  1. Describe how to apply dialectical behavior therapy to a wide range of your clients' situations and/or mental health disorders
  2. Apply dialectical behavior therapy in session with clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  3. Implement dialectical behavior therapy in a step-by-step method to enhance clinical outcomes in group and individual therapy sessions
  4. Examine the research behind the application of dialectical behavior therapy in clinical treatment
  5. Design clinical treatment plans that incorporate dialectical behavior therapy to increase positive emotions and decrease emotional suffering
  6. Describe how a clinician can manage client behaviors that interfere with dialectical behavior therapy treatment



  • Dialectics
  • Model of DBT
  • DBT effectiveness research
  • DBT skills training in a group format
  • DBT skills training in an individual format
  • Teaching dialectics
  • Homework assignments and noncompliance
  • Managing treatment interfering behaviors


  • States of mind
  • What skills
  • Activities for what skills
  • How skills
  • Activities for how skills
  • Hands-on training      


  • Crisis survival strategies
  • Wise mind ACCEPTS
  • Self-soothing skills
  • IMPROVE the moment
  • Pros and cons sheet
  • Radical acceptance
  • Half-smiling


  • Framework for understanding emotions
  • Biopsychosocial model of emotions
  • Increase positive emotions
  • Decrease emotional suffering
  • Opposite action


  • Prioritization for effective interpersonal strategy
  • Attending to relationships
  • Getting and keeping relationships
  • Self-respect
  • Factors interfering with interpersonal effectiveness
  • Make requests
  • Saying “no"

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

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Case Managers

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