DBT In Practice: Mastering the Essentials

Earn 5.25 CE/CME Credits - Online DBT Training for Therapists

Learn the foundations of DBT in this course led by Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D., a seasoned therapist, and trainer. This is an on-demand, self-paced online training covering the essentials of DBT.

Can you learn DBT and have fun at the same time? Absolutely! All our videos are easy to follow and fun to watch.

Get access to a comprehensive and unique learning experience, adapted to your busy schedule. All modules are divided into small digestible videos, each one of them gives you actionable take-home messages (scroll down to watch a sample).

This training offers up to 5.25 CE/CME credits.

Online Training You Can Immediately Apply to Your Practice

"DBT in Practice: Mastering the Essentials" uses microlearning principles: each module has several video sections, which are short and to the point.

You can easily choose which video section you are interested in watching (or listening, if you prefer audio).

Module 1 - DBT Fundamentals

Dr. Stephanie Vaughn, Psy.D., introduces the basic principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She discusses DBT's history, structure, stages and targets.


  1. History of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Very Brief Introduction
  2. What is the Meaning of Dialectics in DBT?
  3. Biosocial Model in DBT: How Symptoms Arise and Are Maintained
  4. Structure of Standard DBT: Pre-treatment and 4 Different Components
  5. The 4 Stages & Targets in DBT
  6. DBT Assumptions About Patients
  7. Targets & Goals of DBT

Module 1 duration: 00:48:25

Module 2 - Guide to DBT Skills Training Group

Dr. Vaughn focuses on how to create and run a DBT group. She takes a closer look at the most significant modules in DBT skills training, the most common problems in group work, and the importance of Mindfulness.


  1. Starting a DBT Skills Group
  2. How to Run a DBT Group
  3. Problems in DBT group
  4. Mindfulness & 3 States of Mind
  5. What and How Skills
  6. Interpersonal Effectiveness Module
  7. Emotion Regulation Module

Module 2 duration: 00:58:13

Module 3 - DBT Individual Therapy Overview

In this module, we dive into the roles of the individual therapist in DBT. Dr. Vaughn discusses commitment strategies, specific agreements, and the use of the diary card and behavioral chain analysis in session. She also highlights the significance of prioritizing targets.


  1. DBT Individual Therapist Roles
  2. DBT Agreements & Commitment Strategies
  3. Individual Session Overview
  4. Diary Card
  5. Prioritizing Targets: The DBT Hierarchy

Module 3 duration: 00:50:06

Module 4 - The Importance of Intersession Contact in DBT

DBT is the only psychotherapy model which formally incorporates the use of intersession contact. Therefore, it is important to understand the corresponding protocols, utility, and functions. Dr. Vaughn also explores common therapist beliefs regarding this type of contact.


  1. Introduction to Inter-session Contact
  2. Functions of Telephone Coaching
  3. Orienting the Patient to Inter-Session Contact
  4. The 24-Hour Rule
  5. Observing Limits & Inter-session Contact

Module 4 duration: 00:48:44

Module 5 - Identifying & Addressing Therapy-Interfering Behaviors

In this module, Dr. Vaughn explains how to identify and define therapy-interfering behaviors in order to properly address them. She also emphasizes the role of a dialectical stance when defining these behaviors.


  1. 3 Types of Patient “Therapy-Interfering Behaviors”
  2. Operational Definitions & Therapy-Interfering Behaviors
  3. Taking a Dialectical Stance in Defining What is Therapy-Interfering Behavior
  4. 4 Tips for Overcoming Fear of Addressing TIB’s
  5. Therapy-Interfering Behavior of the Therapist

Module 5 duration: 00:49:57

Module 6 - Dialectical Dilemmas & the Role of Validation

In this module, we look closely at behavioral patterns that are essential to resolve and balance in therapy. Dr. Vaughn also guides us on how to provide a validating environment in which the patient may change more easily.


  1. Dialectical Dilemmas Overview
  2. Emotional Vulnerability vs Self-Invalidation
  3. Unrelenting Crisis vs Inhibited Grieving
  4. Active Passivity vs Apparent Competence
  5. Basics of Validation
  6. Invalidation in Therapy
  7. Using Validation in Therapy
  8. Six Levels of Validation

Module 6 duration: 01:10:52

Sample Video: Targets and Goals of DBT

All our sections are concise and clinically relevant, none of them lasts more than 12 minutes. That's our rule.

Meet Your DBT Instructor

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 5.25 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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