Professionals working with suicidal adolescents with multiple problems are often challenged by complex clinical presentations and the many dilemmas that arise during treatment. Learn how to apply comprehensive DBT to an adolescent population to engage and retain clients. This two-day training covers how to convey the biosocial theory of DBT to adolescents and families, how to describe dialectical dilemmas relevant to adolescents and families, targets for adolescents in DBT, phone coaching with adolescents and families, principles of including families in treatment, and how to structure and run multi-family skills training groups.
This workshop is appropriate for experienced individual psychotherapists with a reasonable familiarity with DBT. Participants will advance their ability in specific principles and strategies relevant to skills training and coaching with adolescents and families, individual therapy, family sessions, and managing communication and coaching outside of session (e.g. phone calls, emails, texts, etc.). Specific attention will be paid to teaching adolescents and families the skills of dialectics, validation, and behaviour change (the "Middle Path").
The training will be pitched at an intermediate level
Dr Emily Cooney received her doctoral degree and diploma in clinical psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has worked in the US, the UK, and New Zealand in a range of clinical roles, with children, young people, and adults, and in inpatient, intensive outpatient, and community outpatient settings. Emily is currently working as a clinical psychologist at the Kari Centre (the central Auckland child & adolescent mental health service) and as a clinical advisor on a programme that provides advice to CYF practitioners about management of suicidal young people under CYF. She has served as a research therapist on two trials of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) under Dr Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, and is the principal investigator on a feasibility study comparing DBT with treatment as usual for self-harming adolescents. She has also overseen a DBT programme and supervised students within that programme at Yale University.
Dr Kirsten Davis is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. Kirsten has been involved in development, implementation and coordination of a DBT Programme for young people and their families at the Kari Centre (an outpatient child and adolescent community mental health service in Auckland). Kirsten was a co-investigator in a randomized feasibility trial of DBT for adolescents and their families in New Zealand and has provided DBT training both within mental health services and has been a co-trainer for several Behavioural Tech licensed events. Kirsten provides DBT supervision and consultation to both individuals and DBT consultation teams within both adult and adolescent community mental health services.
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