DBT

Roleplay: Assessing Life Worth Living

In this roleplay, Dr. Stephanie Vaughn, a DBT expert, interviews Emily and focuses on the assessment of life worth living. You will learn about: The assessment of life worth living and why it is important How to use redirection and contingency management How to inject a little irreverence to the interview Dr. Stephanie Vaughn is…

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Six Levels of Validation

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights There are six levels of validation in DBT, the highest of which is referred to as radical genuineness. Radical genuineness involves the therapist as human and an equal. It involves engaging in an authentic manner,…

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Using Validation in Therapy

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights The three types of validation are emotional, behavioral, and cognitive. Do not use validation immediately following problem behaviors which are maintained by validation. Transcript   There are many things that are important to consider when using validation in therapy…

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Therapy-Interfering Behavior of the Therapist

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights All therapists engage in some therapy-interfering behavior at some point. Some examples of TIBs of the therapist include: being late, frequent rescheduling and failure to return messages. Therapy-interfering behavior of the therapist is addressed by…

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4 Tips for Overcoming Fear of Addressing Therapy-Interfering Behaviors

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights Therapist barriers to addressing TIB may be fears of making the patient worse, a desire to maintain a certain image, training in different psychotherapy models, a high tolerance for discomfort and ignoring or invalidating their feelings. If…

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Functions of telephone coaching

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights The DBT therapist provides inter-session contact to: Help the patient apply the skills in the moment they are in. For contingency management purposes. Strengthen the relationship with the therapist. A main goal of inter-session contact is to shape the patient…

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Introduction to Inter-Session Contact

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights Inter-session contact includes any communication between therapists and patients other than that which occurs during designated therapy sessions. Inter-session contact is not therapy. In DBT, a patient does not have to be in crisis in…

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Prioritizing Targets: The DBT Hierarchy

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights In DBT, there are 3 categories of targets: life-threatening behavior, therapy-interfering behavior, and quality-of-life-interfering behavior. Imminent and upcoming risk takes precedence for discussion over past patient behavior and urges.     Prioritizing targets. Before beginning…

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The Roles of the DBT Individual Therapist

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights A primary goal for DBT individual therapists is to help motivate clients In addition to individual therapy sessions, DBT individual therapists provide intersession contact and attend peer consultation team weekly The relationship between therapists and…

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Distress Tolerance Skills

By Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD This presentation is an excerpt from the online course “DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials”. Highlights   Distress tolerance skills are used for crisis situations Distress tolerance skills assist in accepting reality when reality is difficult to accept and/or strong urges to engage in unskillful behavior are present Popular Distress Tolerance…

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