Advanced Topics in DBT:
The Art of Moving from Conceptualization to Exposure for Emotional Avoidance©

An Advanced DBT Training
Shari Manning, Ph.D and
Annie McCall, MA, LMHC
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - Saturday, April 14, 2018



Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 8:15AM PDT
Saturday April 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM PDT

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Cathleen Cash
626-470-9834 ext. 502

Jackie Nason
626-585-8075 ext.150 


Pasadena Masonic Temple
200 S. Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

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Wednesday, April 11 - Saturday, April 14, 2018
8:15am-4:30pm daily
Pasadena, CA

Earn 23.5 Continuing Education Units

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Registration closes 4/1/2018 or when all spaces are filled.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed in the 1980’s and was published as a manualized evidence based treatment in 1993 (Linehan, Cognitive behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder).  Since it was originally tested at the University of Washington, 13 randomized trials and numerous non-randomized trials have demonstrated its efficacy at treating out-of-control behaviors, including suicide, self-harm, other behaviors requiring medical and/or psychiatric hospitalization, treatment drop-out, substance abuse, binge eating, binging and purging and significant isolation. Often, those behaviors are both a consequence of extreme emotion dysregulation and an attempt to avoid emotions.

Emotional exposure is a primary strategy in DBT to decrease emotional avoidance and increase emotional experiencing.  In past studies of effectiveness of the use of exposure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, subjects with suicide and self-harm behaviors were excluded from treatment. Harned, et al. (2012) developed the DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol for Stage 2 DBT with clients who often engage in suicide and self-harm behaviors.

When emotional exposure is used in DBT it is dictated by the DBT case formulation. Informal exposure is used to treat in-session avoidance in Stage 1. Informal exposure is also the behavioral intervention that specifically targets emotional avoidance when identified through behavioral chain analysis as a controlling variable for problem behavior. Formal Exposure is the primary treatment intervention for Stage 2 of DBT. This training will be helpful for therapists who are in the process of certification through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification ( as well as those preparing for the certification process. It meets partial requirements for training and will be a valuable tool for applicants as they enter the work sample demonstration requirements (formal case conceptualization and adherence through recorded sessions).


This training is designed for anyone with experience with individual psychotherapy in DBT.  It will assume a strong baseline knowledge of the structure and components of treatment.  Trainers will not take time to orient to basic content of DBT. Prior training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and substantial experience providing DBT individual psychotherapy is expected.

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This training will include one day of advanced training on DBT case conceptualization. Participants will be asked to complete a case conceptualization on an individual psychotherapy client prior to the training. Those case conceptualizations will be used as examples to identify stages and targets for their individual client. We will begin to formulate the exposure interventions as a part of Day 1 and will move into training on exposure in DBT Stage 1 and Stage 2 for days 2-4. In addition to the case conceptualization to be completed prior to the training, there will be daily homework and practices. Trainers will use PowerPoint, case examples, live demonstrations and practices to teach case conceptualization and exposure.

Daily breakfast, beverages, and afternoon snacks are included in the cost of your registration. Continuing education certificates for those who qualify are also included in the cost of registration

Student/Pre-Licensed Rate
 $1,250.00 per person for groups of 3 or more
$1,350.00 for individuals
Enter Discount Code: PRE2018 at registration

Early Bird Rates
Starts 1/8/2018 - Ends 2/16/2018 or when capacity is reached
$1250.00 per person for groups of 3 or more
$1350.00 for individuals

Standard Rate
Starts 2/17/2018 - Ends 4/1/2018 or when capactiy is reached 

$1,450.00 per person for groups of 3 or more

$1,550.00 for individuals

If you prefer to pay by check, please make checks payable to "DBT Training 2018" .

Please mail checks to:

DBT Training
c/o Institute for Girls' Development®
95 N. Marengo Ave., Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91101

Tax ID number: 20-1083449

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Certificates of Attendance will be provided to each attendee who completes all 23.5 training hours. Note: No partial continuing education credit can be given. It is required that attendees are present for the entire training in order to receive any continuing education credit.  Illuminated Education is our continuing education partner for this program. Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Illuminated Education maintains the responsibility for this program and its content.

In addition, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA approval for continuing education activities for its licensees.

If you are licensed outside of California: Because each state’s licensing regulations differ and are subject to change, it is the license holders responsibility to determine if your licensing board accepts APA approval for continuing education activities. For additional information, please go to the Illuminated Education web page at or contact:  Dr. Chris Cooper, proprietor of Illuminated Education at 626.744.9472 or  (Please reference "DBT TRAINING 2018" in subject line).

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