Avant Take: Difficulties and failures of emotion regulation are at the heart of almost everything we encounter in therapy – from the driver of every type of distress to the root of an unhealthy coping behavior to the crux of every theoretical orientation. Perhaps one of DBT’s greatest contributions is the overwhelming simplicity and effectiveness of the emotion regulation skills. It’s not unusual for clients to say, “why the hell didn’t anyone teach me this sooner in life!?” (To which we respond, “same, we feel you”). Get off the emotional rollercoaster (theirs or yours…no judgment) and walk out of this workshop with a solid set of emotion regulation skills to teach your clients.
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 Emotion Regulation Skills
Note: This is a LIVE virtual workshop that will take place via Zoom. Full attendance from 12pm-4:30pm ET is required for CE credit. Specific Zoom log-in details will be emailed to registrants the week before the workshop. For general Zoom help, please visit our Online Workshop Information Page.
Emotion Regulation (ER) is one of the four primary skill areas of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Difficulty regulating emotions is at the root of many clients’ experiences of distress and problematic patterns. DBT ER skills teach clients basic knowledge of how emotions can function in ways that are helpful, healthy, and understandable (a foreign concept to many clients who grew up with dysregulated family systems or other traumatic childhood experiences). Then using that emotional awareness, teach skills to help clients assess whether their emotion fits a situation, effectively change various emotions (increase or decrease), decrease emotional vulnerability/increase resilience, and utilize steps for letting go of “stuck” emotions.
This workshop will review the goals for the DBT emotion regulation module and then teach each of the ER 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 to regulate emotions in a variety of situations, common barriers to practicing skills, and tips for teaching each skill most effectively or troubleshooting difficulties.
- List the goals for the DBT Emotion Regulation skills module.
- Illustrate the DBT model of emotions and how it connects to the use of skills to regulate emotions.
- Demonstrate ways to teach clients to increase or decrease common emotions.
- Explain the factors that reduce emotional vulnerability and build emotional resilience.
- Demonstrate the DBT process of letting go of a painful emotion.
Continuing Education Credit – 4 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 series is approved for Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. Approval #032322
- LPC, LMFT- Related hours
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