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Hillside offers a continuum of mental health care of children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. To fulfill our mission to help children and teens with mental health issues successfully transition to adulthood, Hillside not only treats clients in their mental health facilities in the Atlanta, we also use our expertise in behavioral health to train other mental health professionals in some of the treatment modalities we are successfully implementing in our continuum of care.
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2019 Clinicians Training Series

with Heidi Petracco, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Intro to Radically-Open
Dialectical Behavior
Therapy (RO-DBT):

One-Day Workshop

  • Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • Monday, October 21, 2019
Workshop Description

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a new evidence-based treatment for people who suffer from emotional and behavior over-control. While traditional DBT works well for clients who lack emotional control and need interventions to enhance emotional and behavioral control; others, for whom RO DBT was designed, require interventions designed to relax rigid or inflexible control.

A counterintuitive idea behind the therapy is that it’s possible to have too much self-control. Self-control refers to our ability to restrain acting on our urges, emotions, and wants in favor of longer term goals. Most of the time, self-control is good, but some people can suffer from ex-cessive self-control. For these people, inhibiting and controlling impuls-es and emotions has become so habitual and automatic that they have problems relaxing control when needed. This can result in overcon-trolled people being overly inhibited, perfectionistic, cautious, and feel-ing exhausted by social interactions.

RO DBT has been researched over the past 20 years for patients with chronic depression or anorexia nervosa. Research results suggest that it is effective in these, and other, treatment resistant groups such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

Educational Objectives
  • Explain a new biosocial theory for Over Control (OC)
  • Describe the RO-DBT treatment structure
  • Describe new RO-DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding
  • Describe the RO-DBT treatment hierarchy
  • Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  • List examples of strategies de-signed to improve pro-social cooperative signaling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social safety system

Who Should Attend:
Mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.) and students in training to be mental health professionals who are interested in learning how to help their overcontrolled clients. No prior training in DBT or RO-DBT is necessary. Instructional level will be similar to a graduate and post-graduate level lecture class.

Continuing Education Credits
  • 6.5 CE hours for counselors
    approved by NBCC
  • 6.5 Core hours applied for with GSCSW
  • 6.5 Related hours for LMFTs
Speaker

Heidi Petracco, MSW, LCSW, BCD 
Heidi Petracco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Radically Open DBT Senior Clinician and Trainer, intensively trained and supervised by RO-DBT treatment founder Dr. Thomas Lynch. Heidi has served in clinical and administrative positions in the community and collegiate mental health settings, she is the former Clinical Director of the University of South Flori-da’s Counseling Center. Heidi joined Tampa Bay DBT in 2017 to provide evidence-based services to clients with temperaments of over-control in-cluding Depression, Anxiety, Anorexia, Autism and Cluster A and C Per-sonality Disorders. She currently sits on an international Radically Open DBT committee working on treatment adaptations for an adolescent treat-ment and is co-authoring a family skills class manual.

One-Day Schedule

8:30 – 9:00: Registration
9:00 – 10:00: RO-DBT – an empirically based treatment
10:00 – 11:00: The problem of too much self control
11:00 – 12:30: The neuro-regulatory model and bio-social theory
12:30 – 13:30: Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30: Signaling matters and Radical Openness
14:30 – 15:30: Assessing overcontrol
15:30 – 16:30: Treatment Structure, overview of RO skills and an example of targeting OC maladaptive behavior

2019 Comprehensive DBT Training Series

with Dr. Kimberly Vay, LPC, CPCS, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician

2-Day DBT Fundamentals:

Theory, Structure, Targets & Treatment Strategies

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Workshop Description
This two-day training is designed specifically for clinicians who are looking for a greater understanding of Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT). It is designed to train newer DBT therapists in the standard content of DBT. This workshop will dive deeper into the treatment structure, modes of treatment and treatment strategies. We will explore the treatment hierarchy, therapy interfering behaviors and commitment strategies. Lecture, video, role-play and small group exercises will be used to teach DBT theory, strategies, and techniques in depth. Participants will learn the structure of DBT treatment (both in individual and group sessions).
Educational Objectives
  • Identify the modes, the functions, and the treatment agreements made in DBT
  • Implement the structure, goals, and stages of DBT
  • Explain the Biosocial Model of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Explain the dialectical nature of DBT
  • Demonstrate how dialectics are used in DBT
  • Identify the levels of validation
  • Demonstrate the use of validation to balance the change strategies in treatment
  • Implement telephone coaching
  • Demonstrate an understanding of important concepts in DBT
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply important concepts in DBT
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately apply DBT strategies
  • Demonstrate the use of DBT commitment strategies
  • Identify in-session Therapy Interfering Behaviors
  • Practice the techniques of DBT by role-playing, as coached by the instructors and be better able to
    describe and apply treatment strategies
  • Demonstrate the different communication strategies of DBT.
  • Implement the DBT case management strategies
Continuing Education Credits

This two-day training is approved for 12.5 Core CE  hours by:

  • NBCC: Hillside® has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6948. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. Hillside is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Counselors (LPCs & LAPCs) will receive 12.5 Core Continuing Education Hours.
  • GSCSW: Core continuing education hours have been approved through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. Approval # 050619.
  • MFTs: Related Hours
    This training meets the requirements for DBT-related didactic training hours that can be used toward DBT certification through the DBT Linehan Board of Certification.
Speaker
Kimberly Vay, Ed.D, LPC, 
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician ™
Dr. Vay has been working with children, adolescents, adults and families for over a decade. As the first DBT Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician ™ in the state of Georgia, Dr. Vay has extensive experience using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in her clinical work in residential treatment and outpatient settings.

Dr. Vay in proficient in the comprehensive protocol of DBT and has advanced formal training in Radically Open DBT(RODBT), Prolonged Exposure-DBT for trauma (DBT-PE), DBT protocol adapted for children (DBT-C) as well as Level One and Two of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®.

Dr. Vay is a skilled clinician and an experienced speaker who has presented at multiple professional conferences and facilitate training for clinicians, residential treatment staff, educators, and parents.

Schedule - Day 1
8:00 – 8:30: BREAKFAST & SIGN-IN
8:30 – 8:45: INTRODUCTION & MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
8:45 – 9:30: OVERVIEW AND RESEARCH SUPPORTING DBT
9:30 – 11:00: BIO-SOCIAL THEORY
11:00 – 11:15: BREAK
11:15 – 12:30: STRUCTURING THE TREATMENT – PART I (PRINCIPLES, MODES, AGREEMENTS, & ASSUMPTION)
12:30 – 1:30: LUNCH
1:30 – 1:45: MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
1:45 – 2:30: INTRO TO CONSULTATION TEAM & PHONE COACHING
2:30 – 3:30: STRUCTURING THE TREATMENT – PART II (GOALS, STAGES, TARGETS)
3:30 – 4:00: MINDFULNESS – HOMEWORK, Q&A, WRAP UP & EVALUATION
Schedule - Day 2
8:00 – 8:30: BREAKFAST & SIGN-IN
8:30 – 8:45: MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
8:45 – 9:30: HOMEWORK REVIEW
9:30 – 11:00: IDENTIFYING TREATMENT TARGETS: SUICIDALITY, SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR (SIB), THERAPY-INTERFERING BEHAVIOR (TIB), & SECONDARY TARGETS
11:00 – 11:15: BREAK
11:15 – 12:30: TARGETING BEHAVIORS WITH DIARY CARDS
12:30 – 1:30: LUNCH
1:30 – 1:45: MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
1:45 – 2:30: COMMITMENT STRATEGIES
2:30 – 3:30: VALIDATION – LEVELS OF VALIDATION
3:30 – 4:00: MINDFULNESS – HOMEWORK, Q&A, WRAP-UP & EVALUATION

2-Day DBT Skills:

Effective Instruction and Implementation

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Workshop Description
This 2-day workshop will review all of the skills modules in DBT, highlighting the changes in the 2nd edition of the manual, and skills training instruction. Review of skills both old and new within each skills training module including:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Walking the Middle Path

The terminology and basic concepts of DBT will be reviewed as well as ways to effectively apply the skills in the participant’s respective settings to achieve the desired treatment outcomes. Data collection, tracking of treatment success, and the recent studies regarding the effectiveness of DBT skills in reducing suicidal behaviors and improving treatment outcomes will also be discussed. Lecture, role-play, rapid rehearsal and small group exercises will be used to teach DBT strategies.

Educational Objectives
  • Review the basic foundation for DBT
  • Review and further explore the dialectic nature of DBT and overview of all DBT modules
  • Discuss how to adapt DBT skills for specific populations and settings
  • Describe levels of validation and how validation is used in DBT treatment
  • Describe the model of emotions
  • Define the skills taught in each module, new and old skills
  • Discuss outcome measures to track progress and review recent studies regarding the effectiveness of DBT skills in
    treatment
Continuing Education Credits

This two-day training is approved for 13.5 clock hours by:

  • NBCC: Hillside® has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6948. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. Hillside is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.Counselors (LPCs & LAPCs) will receive 13.5 Core Continuing Education Hours.
  • GSCSW: Core continuing education hours has been approved through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. Approval #050719
  • MFTs: Related Hours
    This training meets the requirements for DBT-related didactic training hours that can be used toward DBT certification through the DBT Linehan Board of Certification.
Speaker
Kimberly Vay, Ed.D, LPC, 
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician ™
Dr. Vay has been working with children, adolescents, adults and families for over a decade. As the first DBT Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician ™ in the state of Georgia, Dr. Vay has extensive experience using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in her clinical work in residential treatment and outpatient settings.

Dr. Vay in proficient in the comprehensive protocol of DBT and has advanced formal training in Radically Open DBT(RODBT), Prolonged Exposure-DBT for trauma (DBT-PE), DBT protocol adapted for children (DBT-C) as well as Level One and Two of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®.

Dr. Vay is a skilled clinician and an experienced speaker who has presented at multiple professional conferences and facilitate training for clinicians, residential treatment staff, educators, and parents.

Schedule - Day 1
8:00 – 8:30: BREAKFAST & SIGN-IN
8:30 – 8:45: INTRODUCTION & MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
8:45 – 9:30: OVERVIEW AND RESEARCH SUPPORTING DBT
9:30 – 10:30: BIOSOCIAL THEORY
10:30 – 10:45: BREAK
10:45 – 11:30: WALKING THE MIDDLE PATH: DIALECTICS/DIALECTICAL DILEMMAS
11:30 – 12:30: WALKING THE MIDDLE PATH: LEVELS OF VALIDATION
12:30 – 1:30: LUNCH
1:30 – 2:45: MINDFULNESS PRACTIVE; CORE MINDFULNESS PRINCIPLES & SKILLS
2:45 – 4:00: EMOTION REGULATION SKILLS – MODEL OF EMOTIONS
4:00 – 4:30: HOMEWORK, Q&A, WRAP UP & EVALUATION
Schedule - Day 2
8:00 – 8:30: BREAKFAST & SIGN-IN
8:30 – 8:45: MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
8:45 – 10:00: DISTRESS TOLERANCE PRINCIPLES & SKILLS
10:00 – 11:15: INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS SKILLS
11:15 – 12:00: MANAGING SKILLS TRAINING GROUP
12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH
1:00 – 1:45: MINDFULNESS PRACTICE & LEADING MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
1:45 – 2:15: RUNNING CONSULTATION TEAM
2:15 – 3:00: IMPLEMENTING DBT INTO YOUR PRACTICE
3:00 – 3:45: OUTCOME MEASURES TO TRACK PROGRESS
3:45 – 4:15: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
4:15 – 4:30: Q&A, WRAP-UP & EVALUATION

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3-Day DBT Strategies:

Understanding & Treating the Difficult to Treat Clients

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Workshop Description

This 3-day DBT workshop is designed to train mental health professionals to deliver the evidence-based model of DBT. This presentation will cover the analysis of life threatening treatment targets, including non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and symptoms in difficult to treat clients. Workshop content will focus on the use of DBT in addressing these target behaviors across the different continuum of care. The instructor will teach participants how to conceptualize a case from a DBT framework as well as how to apply the modes of DBT across settings. Participants will learn strategies to balance acceptance and change as well as treat therapy-interfering behaviors. The workshop will focus on the use of the Behavior Chain Analysis (BCA) to address and change problematic behaviors, identify the function of behaviors, and develop treatment solutions.

Clinical examples and experiential learning will be used to help participants develop effectively delivery of the treatment and prepare for DBT certification. Lecture, videos, clinical examples, role-play and experiential group activities will be used to demonstrate the delivery of the treatment model and apply DBT skills.

Prerequisite
If you have not attended 2-day DBT Fundamentals workshop, you should meet the following criteria to attend this workshop:

  • Attended another DBT training/workshop and/or learned DBT through self-guided study of the treatment manuals.
  • Understand the theory, structure, goals, and stages of DBT treatment
  • Familiar with the basic DBT skills modules
Educational Objectives
  • List the components of and conduct a complete Behavioral Chain Analyses (BCA)
  • Create a hypothesis from a Behavioral Chain Analysis
  • Determine different forms of solution analyses
  • Demonstrate the use of validation to balance the change strategies in treatment
  • Describe the different change procedures of DBT
  • Discuss the proper application for each DBT change strategy in clinical settings
  • Describe DBT commitment strategies
  • Identify and treat in-session Therapy Interfering Behaviors
Continuing Education Credits

This three-day training is approved for 17.75 clock hours by:

  • NBCC: Hillside® has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an
    Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6948. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. Hillside is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.Counselors (LPCs & LAPCs) will receive 17.75 Core Continuing Education Hours.
  • GSCSW: 17.75 Core continuing education hours for social workers (LMSWs & LCSWs) have been approved through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. Approval # 061819
  • MFTs: Related Hours
    This training meets the requirements for DBT-related didactic training hours that can be used toward DBT certification through the DBT Linehan Board of Certification
Speaker

Kimberly Vay, Ed.D, LPC, 
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician ™
Dr. Vay has been working with children, adolescents, adults and families for over a decade. As the first DBT Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician ™ in the state of Georgia, Dr. Vay has extensive experience using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in her clinical work in residential treatment and outpatient settings.

Dr. Vay in proficient in the comprehensive protocol of DBT and has advance formal training in Radically Open DBT(RODBT), Prolonged Exposure-DBT for trauma (DBT-PE) , DBT protocol adapted for children (DBT-C) as well as Level One and Two of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®.

Dr. Vay is skilled clinician and an experienced speaker who has presented at multiple professional conferences and facilitate training for clinicians, residential treatment staff, educators, and parents.

Schedule - Day 1
8:00 – 8:30: BREAKFAST & SIGN-IN
8:30 – 8:45: INTRODUCTION & MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
8:45 – 9:30: ACCEPTANCE STRATEGIES: VALIDATION
9:30 – 10:30: STRUCTURING THE SESSION
10:30 – 10:45: BREAK
10:45 – 12:00: CHANGE STRATEGIES: BEHAVIOR THERAPY
12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH
1:00 – 1:15: MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
1:15 – 2:30: INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOR CHAIN ANALYSIS
2:30 – 3:30: ROLE-PLAY
3:30 – 4:00: MINDFULNESS – HOMEWORK, Q&A, WRAP-UP, & EVALUATION
Schedule - Day 2
8:30 – 9:00: BREAKFAST & SIGN-IN
9:00 – 9:15: MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
9:15 – 11:00: CONDUCTING A BEHAVIOR CHAIN ANALYSIS
11:00 – 11:15: BREAK
11:15 – 12:00: GENERATING HYPOTHESIS FROM CHAIN ANALYSIS
12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00: SOLUTION ANALYSIS (PROBLEM SOLVING INFORMATION EXPOSURE)
2:00 – 2:45: SOLUTION ANALYSIS (SKILLS AND COACHING)
2:45 – 3:30: ROLE-PLAY
3:30 – 4:00: MINDFULNESS – HOMEWORK, Q&A, WRAP-UP & EVALUATION
Schedule - Day 3
8:30 – 9:00: BREAKFAST & SIGN-IN
9:00 – 9:15: MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
9:15 – 10:00: HOMEWORK REVIEW
10:00 – 11:00: SOLUTION ANALYSIS (CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT & COGNITIVE MODIFICATION)
11:00 – 11:15: BREAK
11:15 – 12:00: SOLUTION ANALYSIS (CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT & COGNITIVE MODIFICATION) CONTINUED
12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH
1:00 – 2:15: TREATING THERAPY INTERFERING AND DESTROYING BEHAVIORS/ TREATING IN-SESSION DYSFUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR
2:15 – 3:30: ROLE-PLAY
3:30 – 4:00: Q&A, WRAP-UP & EVALUATION

Please check back as we continue to develop and schedule training. If you have questions about the above courses or interest in courses not available above, please send us a message.

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