Avant Take: It’s hard to do much work in therapy unless your clients can tolerate distress…distress tolerance is typically a requirement for behavior change, emotional experiencing, maintaining safety, and working through past trauma (and more)! Clients might do the work without DT skills but it’s a pretty rough ride. Can you afford to be missing this solid skill set? We don’t really think so – come join us to learn how to teach DBT distress tolerance skills to your clients. These are well-researched, clear cut, easy to teach skills that can change your clients’ lives (oh, and you might find some personal use for them too)!
Lauren Edwards, PhD & Noelle Santorelli, PhD
Drs. Edwards and Santorelli are both licensed psychologists in Atlanta, Georgia with successful private practices. They have been leading DBT skills training groups for over a decade and are the co-founders of Daily DBT, a program offering DBT skills training groups to clients in addition to their individual therapy. They currently offer groups for adults, young adults, professionals, teens, and middle school students and teach a variety of parent workshops based on DBT skills. Drs. Edwards and Santorelli are both adjunct professors at Emory University School of Medicine and provide training and supervision on a variety of topics including suicide, DBT skills training, and trauma.
DBT in Detail: Teaching the Distress Tolerance Skills
Note: This live virtual workshop took place in July 2021. If you’re interested in seeing this topic presented again, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Distress tolerance (DT) is one of the four primary skill areas of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Most often described as the ability to withstand negative or uncomfortable emotional states, the primary aim of DT skills is to decrease maladaptive coping behaviors while increasing adaptive coping strategies. A lack of Distress Tolerance has emerged as a transdiagnostic risk factor for a variety of psychopathologies, and while the bulk of DT research has focused on preventing dangerous or risky behaviors (i.e., self-harm, suicidal ideation & gestures, alcohol use, etc.), DT skills have also been shown to be helpful in preventing more day-to-day difficulties (i.e., stress, depression, obsessive thinking).
This workshop will review the goals for the DBT distress tolerance module and then teach each of the crisis survival and radical acceptance DT skills. Drs. Edwards and Santorelli will use case examples from DBT groups as well as individual therapy cases to illustrate how skills are taught to clients, how clients utilize skills in a variety of distressing situations, common barriers to practicing skills, and strategies for troubleshooting the application of skills.
- List the goals for the DBT Distress Tolerance skills module.
- Demonstrate how to teach each of the DBT Distress Tolerance crisis survival skills to therapy clients.
- Explain DBT Distress Tolerance radical acceptance definition (including what DBT states acceptance IS and is NOT).
- Demonstrate how to teach each of the radical acceptance skills to therapy clients.
Continuing Education Credit – 3 Hours
- APA – Avant Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Avant Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- GSCSW – This workshop is approved for Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.
- LPC, LMFT- Related hours
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