DBT Consultation Team Training
“Enhancing the skill and motivation of the therapist”

December 18, 2019
8:30am to 4:00pm
Trainer: Josh Smith

DBT assumes that effective treatment of people who are suicidal with BPD and other high risk impulse problems must pay as much attention to the therapist's and treatment provider's behavior as it does to the individuals they treat. Treating individuals with high risk behaviors (including suicidal and serious self-harm) can often be extremely stressful and staying within the DBT therapeutic frame can be tremendously difficult.  These stressful times can lead the therapist to begin to control their client and engage in anti-DBT behavior.  Some client behaviors reinforce treatment providers for engaging in ineffective treatment and punish them for effective treatment. The treatment is slow, while risky behaviors demand immediacy. Thus the therapist make mistakes, become polarized in their views and demands, become vulnerable to criticism from their client (and sometimes their team), and, in general, burn out and sometimes drops off the team. The consultation team seeks to support treatment providers and hopefully minimize potential problems in working with individuals with high risk behaviors.

If you're experiencing burnout, the role of a DBT consultation team and team members is to help you evaluate what is contributing to the problem.   The team applies the same principals and procedures on each other the same way they do on their clients.  Essentially, you’re not just a therapist in consultation team meetings, but you are a client as well.  The team is to encourage open and full discussion (while maintain a strong balance of acceptance and change procedures). It could be anything from specific client behaviors to stresses in your personal life to policies and procedures that are not supporting your work.

Due to the fact treatment drift is common in DBT, consultation teams are designed to provide ongoing training to improve the skill level of treatment providers, to hold them within the therapeutic frame and to address problems that arise in the course of treatment delivery (Linehan, 1993).

This one day training is designed to help teams learn effective ways to conduct DBT Consultation Team meetings as well as review how team members can behave in ways that can promote motivation and skill in each other.  The following content will be discussed:
  • The function of DBT Consultation Team Meetings
  • DBT Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities
  • DBT Consultation Team Agreements
  • What commitments each DBT Team Member will need to make to be part of a DBT Team?
  • Ways to increase skill and motivation in DBT Team Members
  • Maintaining the dialectic of “acceptance” and “change” while in DBT Consultation Team Meetings
  • Common pitfalls DBT Teams get into and ways to avoid them

As a result of completing this training, participants can expect to:
  • Explain the function of DBT Consultation Team  meetings
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the DBT Team Leader
  • Identify at least 3 ways to increase skill and motivation in team members
  • Explain the 2 commitments each team member must make to be part of a DBT team
Early Bird (30 days before)         $150
Standard                                        $200
Student                                          $150
8:30am – 9:00am – Registration and Coffee
9:00am – 12:00pm – Morning Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break (provided)
1:00pm – 4:00pm – Afternoon Session
4:00pm – Adjourn

Target Audience and Practice Level
This training is specifically targeted to Beginner (new graduates or individuals who have recently changed fields of practice) and Intermediate (individuals with a year or more experience in mental health treatment) level social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, case managers and nurses. 
This training has been approved for continuing education credits by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), 400 South Ridge Parkway, Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701. www.aswb.org.  Social Workers will earn 6 CEUs for the successful completion of this course.  No partial credits will be awarded.  To earn the allotted CEUs, Social Workers will need to be in full attendance.  For all other professions, please check with your individual board to seek approval for CEUs regarding this event.