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009 | Creating Stability in the Chaos: D.B.T. for Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma

Preconference Workshops


Shannae Anderson, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Emotional and behavioral instability and chaos are hallmarks of borderline personality disorder. These difficulties may also be seen in those who struggle with complex trauma, especially early attachment trauma. As a result, deep characterological and trauma work is often disrupted by “therapy interfering” behaviors that can overwhelm both the patient and the therapist alike. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the treatment of choice to address and stabilize those who struggle with these issues. This workshop will explore the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, the four skills-based treatment components of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance, and how to establish and incorporate the DBT skills model into a group or personal practice. A specific focus on the use of distress tolerance skills to manage at-risk behaviors will be included. 

Learning Objectives

Describe the theoretical basis of DBT and its use in the therapy process
Identify the four skill modules of DBT and identify specific skills within each module  
Articulate how they would manage a high-risk “therapy interfering” behavior using DBT within their clinical work with psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and medical professionals