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January 25, 2019 CEU Conference

  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Kenhill Center; 2614 Kenhill Dr, Bowie, MD 20715


  • for MFT students
  • for volunteer MFT students

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Families
Speaker: Jeffrey B. Jackson, Ph. D. 

January 25, 2019
9am - 4:30pm

This 6 CEU training event is presented by:

The University of Maryland, 

Center for Healthy Families
Metro Marriage and Family Therapists, Inc. 

Metro MFT is the new membership organization for marriage and family therapists in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Its first educational event features a leading expert in one of marriage and family therapy's most prominent systemic theories of change: DBT. Dr. Jeffrey Jackson's presentation will focus on using the model in family therapy. 

Register for the 6 CEU training to enhance your clinical practice and to learn about the new marriage and family therapy membership organization, Metro MFT. 

Registration fee includes:

  • 6 Continuing Education Units
  • Lunch
  • On-site parking

Workshop Summary

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is recognized as an empirically-supported treatment for many populations including adolescents with depression, suicidal behaviors, and self-injurious behaviors. This workshop will outline how DBT can be adapted for working with family systems of adolescents who struggle with emotional dysregulation and impulsivity.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

1. Understand key elements of the origin, development, and foci of DBT

2. Learn the major DBT concepts and interventions.

3. Learn common reasons for engagement of self-injurious behaviors.

4. Learn how to adapt DBT for family therapy with adolescents who struggle with emotional dysregulation and impulsivity. 

Description of Content

This workshop will cover how to adapt Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to work with the family systems of adolescents who struggle with emotional dysregulation and impulsivity.  Research suggests DBT is effective in treating issues that stem from a combination of emotional dysregulation and impulsivity, such as suicidal ideation, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and conduct disorder.  This workshop will cover the following

·         The origin, development, and theoretical assumptions of DBT.

·         The DBT systemic etiology of impulsivity and emotional dysregulation.

·         Reasons why teenagers engage in suicidal and self-injurious behaviors.

·         Treatment research outcome on the clinical application of DBT.

·         DBT goals, concepts, and interventions.

·         Adaptation of key DBT skills like mindfulness, states of mind, validation, non-judgmental stance, distract, radical acceptance, and relationship effectiveness to family therapy with adolescent-related presenting problems.

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