DBT Secrets No More: Animated Role Plays

Earn 3.5 CE/CME Credits and Get Practical Skills

Learn the "how-to" of DBT by watching an expert clinician address real-world problems with clients.

Have you ever felt that learning the theory is not enough to implement DBT in your practice?

"DBT Secrets No More: Animated Role Plays" will teach you to apply DBT principles in one of the most effective ways: by showing a master therapist actually conduct DBT.

This course offers 3.5 CE/CME credits.

An Engaging Format: Case-Based Learning

In this self-paced course, you'll be able to watch an expert clinician interview two clients. Both clients represent real-world situations that you may find in your everyday practice.

DBT Role Play - Dr. Vaughn and Julie

Dr. Vaughn and Julie

DBT Role Play - Dr. Vaughn and Emily

Emily and Dr. Vaughn

Integrate DBT Theory With Practice in an Entertaining Way

Each role play is divided into small, digestible nuggets, so you can learn at your own pace.

Don't just watch DBT. Learn from the reflections of a therapist before and after the clip.

You will be able to connect theory with practice by getting context on the interventions before the clips.

Each section has the following structure:

1. Preliminary

1. Initial commentaries

Dr. Vaughn gives you context on the clinical vignette you'll be watching next so you can focus on the important things.

2. Role play

2. Clinical vignette

A clip of the clinical interaction between therapist and client.

3. Post

3. Therapist's conclusions

Reflections of the DBT principles applied to the clinical session.

Sample Video: The Ultimate Goal in DBT

All our sections are concise and clinically relevant. That's our rule.

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction to Role Plays

This module includes refresher clips on DBT concepts that will be useful in the following modules.

Length: 00:45:20

Audio clips in this module:

  • Intro to DBT Secrets No More: Animated Role Plays
  • Intersession Contact: Phone Coaching  
  • Therapy-Interfering Behaviors of the Patient
  • Invalidation in Therapy
  • Six Levels of Validation

Module 2: Implementing DBT

Dr. Vaughn and Emily. Dr. Vaughn establishes agreements, addresses skills, and explores the patient’s goals.

Length: 1:39:35

Videos in this module:

  • DBT First Sessions: Assessment, Agreement, and Therapy-Interfering Behavior
  • Commitment Strategies and Engagement in DBT
  • Therapy-Interfering Behaviors Assessment in DBT
  • The Dialectical Dilemma in DBT: Validation and Radical Genuineness
  • The 24-Hour Rule in DBT: Validation and Commitment
  • Self-Harm in DBT: Assessment and Behavioral Analysis
  • The Ultimate Goal in DBT: A Life Worth Living
  • DBT First Sessions: Wrap Up

Module 3: DBT Role Play: Advanced Session

Dr. Vaughn and Julie. Dr. Vaughn emphasizes the use of behavioral chain analysis, the assessment of the agenda, and the importance of uncovering patterns and identifying significant variables.

Length: 1:05:05

Videos in this module:

  • DBT Behavioral Chain Analysis: A Self-Harm Incident
  • DBT Chain Analysis for Self-Harm: Vulnerabilities and Uncovered Patterns
  • Balancing Validation and Radical Genuineness in DBT
  • DBT Phone Coaching: Validation, Vulnerabilities, and Self-Disclosure
  • Validating and Assessing the Consequences of Behavior in DBT
  • Assessing the Consequences of Self-Harm in DBT: Vulnerability and Precipitating Events
  • Vulnerability Factors and Solution Analysis in DBT

Meet Your DBT Instructor: Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD

Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D.
Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D.

Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist-HSP is the owner of Psychē, PLLC, a boutique outpatient therapy practice located in the Gulch area of Nashville specializing in treating adults and adolescents utilizing Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She is an associate faculty member at Vanderbilt University for both the Psychology and Psychiatry Departments and is active in the teaching and supervision of Psychology students, Counseling students, and Psychiatry residents.

She founded and currently leads Vanderbilt’s DBT Peer Consultation Group and has served as a trainer and consultant for a variety of institutions including the Department of Defense, Kennedy Krieger Hospital in Baltimore, Jacksonville Naval Hospital, Kentucky State Hospital, and Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

Dr. Vaughn is one of only two DBT-Linehan board-certified clinicians in Tennessee and is considered to be an expert within the field of DBT in treating therapy-interfering behaviors and managing high-risk and oppositional adolescent behavior. In addition to private practice, she has served as the interim Director of a women’s residential treatment center for Substance Use Disorders. She worked for 2 years in the intensive PTSD program at the Nashville Department of Veteran Affairs with soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and female soldiers who experienced military sexual trauma. She is a national speaker and educator on DBT and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

Accreditation Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Academy LLC and Psychotherapy Academy. Medical Academy LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation
Medical Academy LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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