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DBT for Substance Use Disorders
Live, Remote, Instructor-led
September 11 – 12, 203
Trainers: Nick L. Salsman, PhD, ABPP and Emily Cooney, PhD
Purpose: This training addresses adaptations to standard DBT designed to fill the gaps in practice between the treatment and service needs of people with co-occuring mental and substance use disorders.
Content: This course provides in-depth training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for individuals with substance use disorders (DBT-SUD). Orienting to what DBT-SUD is and how it differs from standard DBT will be addressed. The DBT-SUD treatment model, targets, and strategies are taught. The training will review how to teach skills specific to DBT-SUD.
Length & Schedule: This course consists of 8 modules for a total of 12 instructor-led hours. Each module includes reading and homework tasks. Total participant time required for each module is approximately 2.5-3 hours. For more information about the start and end time for this event, please refer to the schedule below.
For Whom: The course is intended for those who have prior knowledge of DBT, and who want to learn how to implement a DBT-SUD program. Participants should have either completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Foundational Training, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training, or an equivalent alternative training before participating in this training.
Core Training Description
Individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental disorders (i.e., co-occurring disorders or CODs) are in great need for effective treatment. SAMHSA (2020, p. ix) states, “People with SUDs are more likely than those without SUDs to have co-occurring mental disorders. Addiction counselors encounter clients with CODs as a rule, not an exception.” SAMHSA (2020, p. ix) goes on to state, “Serious gaps exist between the treatment and service needs of people with CODs and the actual care they receive. Many factors contribute to the gap, such as lack of awareness about and training in CODs by addiction counselors, as well as workforce factors like labor shortages and professional burnout.”
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for individuals with substance use disorders (DBT-SUD) has a growing evidence base as an efficacious treatment and can serve to fill the gaps in training in the treatment of individuals with CODs. It is a treatment that explicitly targets reducing provider burnout. DBT-SUD involves a set of strategies that can readily be learned by trained DBT providers. Further, DBT-SUD can be incorporated into existing SUD treatment structures and systems.
This course provides in-depth training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for individuals with substance use disorders (DBT-SUD). Orienting to what DBT-SUD is and how it differs from standard DBT will be addressed. The DBT-SUD treatment model, targets, and strategies are taught.
The training will review how to teach skills specific to DBT-SUD. Additionally, the course will review how to apply standard DBT strategies including skills training, chain analysis and stylistic strategies to substance use behaviors. Clinical examples are used to illustrate procedures.
Participants will learn key teaching points for the DBT-SUD skills. Video and demonstrations of interventions are incorporated.
As a result of this course participants will be able to implement adaptations of DBT for substance use disorders.
- Identify strategies that are used in both standard DBT and DBT-SUD
- Describe research evaluating DBT-SUD.
- Identify the necessary components for a DBT-SUD program that are unique from standard DBT.
- Apply decision-making tools on when to implement a DBT-SUD program.
- Assess how substance use behavior serves the function of solving a client’s problems.
- Identify some common physiological and behavioral responses of using a variety of substances.
- Identify effective strategies for assessing co-occurring substance use and other disorders of emotion regulation.
- Describe dialectical abstinence.
- Describe the abstinence violation effect.
- Identify key strategies in pretreatment in DBT-SUD.
- Target substance use behaviors during DBT-SUD.
- Describe the steps in the path to clear mind.
- List the attachment strategies utilized in DBT-SUD.
- Describe how ancillary treatments may be utilized in DBT-SUD
- Describe how drug screening may be utilized in DBT-SUD.
- Describe the DBT skills for when the crisis is addiction.
- Describe the special considerations for how to effectively teach the standard DBT skills to clients in DBT-SUD.
- Apply DBT chain analysis and solution analysis strategies to substance use behaviors.
- Describe the use of stylistic strategies in the context of DBT-SUD.
- Use stylistic strategies such as irreverence.
- Describe how to treat therapy interfering behaviors in the context of DBT-SUD.
- Treat therapy interfering behaviors, including lying, in the context of DBT-SUD.
September 11 – 12, 203
7:00am – 2:30pm Pacific Time/9:00am – 4:30pm Central Time/10:00am – 5:30pm Eastern Time
Sign-in from 6:30am – 7:00am Pacific Time/8:30am – 9:00am Central Time/9:30am – 10:00am Eastern Time
Nick L. Salsman, PhD, ABPP
Cincinnati, OH (United States) Nicholas L. Salsman, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology at Xavier University where he is the director of the Xavier University Psychological Services Center and runs the Xavier University Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. Dr. Salsman is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Psychology. Dr. Salsman received his BA from Transylvania University and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. He completed an internship at the adult and child psychiatry departments of Vanderbilt University. He also served as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate for Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington from 2005-2007. While at the BRTC, he served as a DBT therapist on two large randomized clinical trials of DBT and an adherence coder on two research trials. He has published on topics including DBT, Borderline Personality Disorder, and emotion regulation. He has regularly given local, national, and international workshops, presentations, and invited talks on DBT, has consulted with and trained clinicians at various facilities, and trains and supervises doctoral clinical psychology students. Dr. Salsman has received grant funding to develop adaptations of DBT for older adults with complicated grieving and older adults with chronic pain. He is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Ohio.
Emily Cooney, PhD
(New Zealand) Emily Cooney, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the US, the UK, and New Zealand with children and adults in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, with a particular focus on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is co-director of the DBT and DBT for Substance Use Disorder teams for Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital’s Adult Intensive Outpatient Program. Emily served as a research therapist on two trials of DBT under Dr Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, and was the principal investigator on two DBT feasibility trials in New Zealand. One compared DBT with treatment as usual for self-harming adolescents, and the other was a field trial of DBT skills training for men with anger-related problems. In addition to providing training in DBT via Behavioral Tech and DBTNZ, she also provides DBT adherence coding for the Linehan Board of Certification. Her research interests include treatment outcome evaluation, adaptations of dialectical behavior therapy, family processes in treatment, and factors affecting therapist burnout and resilience.
Participants are expected to have completed comprehensive DBT training, be currently engaged in the provision of DBT services, and want to learn how to implement a DBT-SUD program. As such, the training builds on an expectation that participants are well-versed in
the content of standard DBT. Specifically, participants should complete Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training, or an equivalent alternative training before participating in this training. before participating in this
Participants should also have read Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition.
Participants are also required to read the chapter, “Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Dependence”, in the book Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications Across Disorders and Settings (2019).
Preparation & Training Requirements
Participants should plan to complete the readings and homework assignments for each module of the course at the time that the module is presented.
Reading for DBT for Substance Use Disorders*
- McMain, S., Dimeff, L. A., Sayrs, J., Linehan, M. M., & Koerner, K. (2021). Dialectical behavior therapy for individuals with BPD and substance dependence. In L. A. Dimeff & S. Rizvi (Eds.), Dialectical behavior therapy in clinical practice: Applications across disorders
and settings (2nd ed.). The Guilford Press.
*Subject to change
- Standard Tuition: $375 per participant (U.S. dollars)
- Registration will close when all seats are sold, or on August 25, 2023 (final cut-off date).
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