Course Instructor: Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD
Helping Dysregulated Partners, Parents and Families Move Toward Safe and Skillful Outcomes
Severe individual and family distress typically includes a lot of dysregulated emotion, including anger, hurt feelings, sadness, embarrassment, and worry, and can include out-of-control behaviors (such as suicide attempts, drug and alcohol misuse, aggression, etc.). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been shown in dozens of studies to be effective in treating the many problems associated with emotion dysregulation. DBT has been adapted for use with couples, parents, and families, with several studies demonstrating successful outcomes. In this workshop, Dr. Fruzzetti will teach and demonstrate: 1) family interventions to reduce severe dysfunctional individual behavior of the type noted above, 2) individual DBT skills adapted for families; 3) specific family skills, and 4) additional interventions to improve family relationships in general, and thus to help families become less destructive, and more peaceful and loving.
After a brief orientation to the treatment model, lectures, role plays, and experiential exercises will be used to demonstrate how to: 1) build a treatment target hierarchy with families (including self-harm, aggression, substance use, angry outbursts, withdrawal, relationship problems, etc.); 2) manage dysregulated and chaotic family members in order to conduct an effective session; 3) utilize traditional DBT skills and new DBT family skills with families; 4) apply chain analyses with two or more family members simultaneously (“double chains”), to expose dysfunctional steps when emotions and/or actions escalate out of control; 5) use principles and intervention strategies of DBT with families to make communication possible, to reduce dysfunction and help rebuild relationships; and 6) integrate both acceptance and change strategies (and skills) into solutions.
Examples with teens and adults, couples, and parent-child relationships will be used throughout the workshop. No prior training in DBT is needed for this workshop.
- Understand how emotion vulnerability and invalidation transact to create emotion dysregulation in families.
- Balance the use of blocking, validation, coaching, and skill teaching with family members.
- Learn specific skills that can be used to manage the session effectively when family members are chaotic or dysregulated in the session.
12pm-1pm: Lunch on your own
12 Continuing Education Credit Hours will be offered for this training to NY Social Workers and all Psychologists.
Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants (CBC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CBC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants, SW CPE, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0219.
Workshop Registration Fee and Deadline:
Registration by 4/19/18
Standard Rate – $550
Student Rate – $450
Registration after 4/19/18
Standard Rate – $600
Student Rate – $500