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Digital Seminar

The DBT Advantage: An Integrative Skill-Building Approach

Britt H. Rathbone, LCSW-C
2 Hours 05 Minutes
Jan 27, 2022
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Why do so many clients get stuck—unwilling or unable to move forward with their lives? Often it’s because therapists haven’t learned the necessary skills to help them function and behave more effectively. Dialectical behaviour therapy offers a solution, with hundreds of skills that can enhance awareness, improve relationships, regulate emotions, and tolerate distress effectively. These skills help clients get better while enhancing therapist effectiveness and well-being. In this session, you’ll learn some of the most powerful DBT skills for change that you can start using immediately—and seamlessly integrating into your current approach. You’ll discover how to:

  • Bring clients back to the present moment when they dissociate or become flooded with emotion or fused with thoughts
  • Help clients tolerate painful emotions so that they don’t make difficult situations worse
  • Teach clients to determine whether emotions fit the facts, and how to reduce emotions when they’re getting in the way
  • Provide clients with simple tools to communicate more effectively to get their needs met while also maintaining relationships
  • Effectively engage clients in the process of learning and strengthening psychological skills



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C, provides mental health services to adolescents and their families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has 30 30 years of experience working directly with adolescents and families, is a "top therapist" for adolescents, teaches graduate students, trains therapists and leads a highly regarded and successful clinical practice. he lectures often on the value of DBT with young people. He is a dynamic and passionate speaker and his trainings consistently receive the highest ratings. He is the coauthor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents, What works With Teens: A Professional's Guide to Engaging Authentically with Adolescents to Achieve Lasting Change, and Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions (New Harbinger, 2016).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Britt Rathbone is the founder and director of Rathbone & Associates and has employment relationships with Washington Center for Mental Health Training and the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He receives royalties as a published author. Britt Rathbone receives a speaking honorarium, product, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Britt Rathbone is a volunteer for DBT- Linehan Board of Certification. He is a member of the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Registry of Group Psychotherapists.


  1. Apply the four subsets of DBT skills: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance.
  2. Demonstrate the “why” and “how” of teaching at least one skill from each DBT subset.
  3. Apply at least 3 techniques for engaging clients in DBT-based skills training.
  4. Practice how to assign and review DBT homework to enhance clients’ skill-building capabilities.


  • Orientation to skills training: What it is and why we do it
  • Mindfulness skills: What are they and why we do it
  • Distress tolerance skills: TIPP
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • Increasing client skills acquisition: role play, practice, and homework
  • Demonstrations

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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