Foundational Skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): 4-Part Series

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About this 4-Part Series:

As caring and competent providers, you realize the importance of having readily available tools to share with your clients whether you are meeting for the 1st or the 15th time. Few evidence based practices offer relevant and accessible skills for decreasing distress, or the vulnerability to distress, like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  Although not a comprehensive DBT course, this 4 module seminar provides a snapshot of some of the foundational skills of DBT. Learn how you can integrate DBT-informed skills into your work with clients from a trauma psychologist trained in DBT approaches. This interactive 4-part series held on Wednesdays in September (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET) will offer didactic instruction, small group discussions, and opportunities for skill-building practice. 

*Registration is now closed as training capacity has been reached. Please email [email protected] for more information about future training sessions in Spring 2024. 


In this 4 week course, you will learn:

Week 1: Learn how to assess clients' motivation for treatment and identify behavior in the first session

Wednesday, September 6 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)

 - Identify the three states of mind that govern behavior

 - Analyze unhelpful behaviors to decrease their likelihood of recurring in the future

 - Discover an overarching problem solving framework to use across situations

 - Explore ways to integrate mindfulness practice into your work 

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Week 2: Learn skills for helping clients validate their emotions 

Wednesday, September 13 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)

 - Discuss the importance of sensing, naming and managing emotions

 - Identify ways to engage clients in their own assessment of their emotions

 - Identify techniques to assist clients in developing practical strategies for addressing their emotions appropriately

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Week 3: Learn skills for increasing client capacity to manage distress

Wednesday, September 20 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)

 - Discuss techniques to help clients identify a crisis

 - Identify strategies for decreasing vulnerability to distressing situations

 - Build on self-care practices to include specific strategies for managing distress, including somatic interventions

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Week 4: Learn skills for setting boundaries, practicing assertiveness and advocating for clients' needs 

Wednesday, September 27 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)

 - Differentiate characteristics of healthy vs unhealthy relationships

 - Identify strategies to help clients clarify goals and objectives in interpersonal situations

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About the Series Facilitator: 

Dr. B. Nilaja Green. PhD BioDr. B. Nilaja Green, PhD writes, speaks and engages at the intersections of individual psychological distress and collective sociocultural oppression. As an Atlanta based Licensed Clinical & Community Psychologist, Dr. Green is certified in trauma informed care and delivering specialized culturally responsive trauma treatments to vulnerable populations such as military veterans, Black women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community through her private practice, Atlanta Trauma Therapy & Consulting. She has engaged in several community level initiatives, including collaborating with the mayor of East Point, in Atlanta to create community level conversations addressing, issues of race, class, history and equity. Having made appearances on several podcasts and in print media, Dr. Green strives to share her message of culturally relevant, holistic mental health practice on various platforms. In service to her profession, she supervises, writes, leads workshops and trainings asking clinicians to cultivate their own radical introspective practice and to approach care of clients with greater cultural humility. In addition to her formal training and years of clinical experience, Dr. Green has also incorporated her love of creative writing and journaling into her clinical work. In service to the community, she created an award winning, community writing group for healers that ran for four years in the Atlanta area, out of which she has developed The Radical Introspection Method for Therapists and trainees. As a foundation for her career, Dr. Green received a B.A. in English & Psychology from Georgetown University and her doctoral degree in clinical and community psychology from Georgia State University. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at Yale University, Department of Psychiatry in New Haven, CT. She currently lives in Atlanta with her spouse and their stubborn older dog, Bean and new puppy JB.