DBT-PE is an evidence based protocol for treating ‘stage 2’ and PTSD problems for BPD and related DBT clients. It targets stage 1 and stage 2 problems within the first year of treatment and has demonstrated substantial further reductions in suicidal behaviour. We are delighted to be able to offer this training in New Zealand, provided by the developer of the DBT-PE protocol. We believe that this is an unparalleled opportunity to spend an extended period of time with a master clinician and researcher learning a protocol that is highly compassionate and data-driven, focussing on a very humane cause; supporting emotionally dysregulated and traumatised people to become free from a life of trauma-related suffering. This training is packed full of case examples, practical guidance and session recordings. Many of those who have attended cite it as the best training they have ever experienced. Click here to read more about DBT-PE.
This 4-day workshop is designed to provide intensive training in how to integrate PTSD treatment into standard DBT. Participants will learn the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for treating PTSD, one of the newest developments in DBT research and practice. This protocol can be added to standard DBT to allow for integrated treatment of PTSD, suicidal and self-injurious behavior, and other co-occurring problems. Participants will learn how to use DBT strategies to prepare high-risk and multi-problem clients for the DBT PE protocol as well as how to determine when clients are ready to begin formal PTSD treatment. The structure and procedures of the DBT PE protocol will be taught in a session-by-session format with extensive opportunities to watch video examples and practice delivering each of the primary treatment components. Particular attention will be paid to discussing strategies for overcoming common problems that arise during PTSD treatment with high-risk and multi-problem clients as well as how to tailor the treatment to address the complex characteristics of this client population.
This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who:
You will need a firm understanding of DBT to get the most out of this training. Comprehenive DBT requires that you a part of a DBT consultation team so if you are not already a part of a DBT consultation team then we suggest you use this event as a prompt to develop this mode of your DBT practice. If you are unsure if your training and experience is sufficient then please contact us to discuss.
All participants should read these books prior to the training:
1. Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.
2. Linehan, M. M. (2014). DBT Skills Training Manual (Second Edition). New York: Guilford Press.
3. Foa, E. B., Hembree, E. A., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2007). Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD (Therapist Guide). New York: Oxford University Press.
Dr Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP
Melanie S. Harned, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington where she is the Research Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. She is the developer of the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol and has received several grants from NIMH to develop and evaluate this approach to treating PTSD in high-risk and multi-diagnostic individuals. She has also received multiple NIH-funded grants to develop and evaluate technology-based methods for disseminating and implementing evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. Since 2005, she has served as Co-Investigator on Dr. Marsha Linehan’s NIH-funded research to evaluate DBT in diverse client populations. She regularly provides training and consultation nationally and internationally in DBT and DBT PE. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.
Dr Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, PsyD
Dr. Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza is a licensed psychologist, certified DBT therapist, and co-author of the DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training and Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A) social emotional learning curriculum for middle and high school students. She received her doctoral degree from the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in 2004. Dr. Dexter-Mazza completed her predoctoral internship with Dr. Alec Miller at the Montefiore Medical Center, and her postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington. While at the BRTC, she was the Clinical Director and a research therapist for Dr. Linehan’s research studies, which provided both individual DBT and DBT group skills training. Dr. Dexter-Mazza is the President and Co-founder of Mazza Consulting and Psychological Services, PLLC where she provides psychotherapy services to adolescents, adults and families. Additionally, Dr. Dexter-Mazza provides DBT consultation and training to schools and mental health providers both nationally and internationally.
You can contact us with any enquiries about this training.