INTENSIVE STAFF TRAINING IN DBT October 25, 2017 by admin We are excited to share a bit more about our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training program with you. Last month we told you about the introductory module training, led by Dr. Paul Grantham, which covered the foundations of DBT and the different modes of using DBT. In Module 2, OMID staff members that went through the introductory module participated in an interactive 4-day intensive DBT training led by Dr. Lane Pederson. Dr. Pederson is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) therapist, author, trainer, and consultant who understands the challenges and opportunities of implementing DBT in real-word settings. He has been an invited speaker for large national conferences and private events of all sizes and has trained over 10,000 professionals in the United States, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and Mexico. He has provided specialized DBT training and consultation to mental health centers, chemical dependency treatment centers, hospital settings, and forensic settings. In this intensive training, OMID therapists, social workers, educational coordinators and members of management team focused primarily on DBT Skills training within group settings as well as individual therapy settings. DBT skills training covered the four main modules of DBT, which are: Mindfulness Distress Tolerance Emotion Regulation Interpersonal Effectiveness The intensive training also covered the following topics: The foundations of DBT and the essential 5 functions of DBT: Improve clients motivation for change Enhance clients capabilities Help clients generalize skills/behaviors learned in DBT to their natural environments Enhance the motivation and skill of therapists and staff members Structure the treatment/program and environment The practical implications of DBT in real settings and the positive of DBT within organizations. Dialectical philosophy and dialectics in DBT Behavior analysis Clinical process of DBT: DBT and other approaches Common therapeutic factors in empirically supported treatments The biosocial model of DBT The intensive training included many opportunities to practice the skill through role-play and other interactive methods. The session also allowed time for OMID staff to work on various strategies of implementing and integrating the four modes of DBT to the OMID program. The four modes of DBT that will be going into effect for the young women at OMID are: Individual Therapy (1 hour weekly) Skills groups (2.5 hours weekly) Phone coaching (24/7) Watch this space for further updates on our training programs for our staff.