Oct 17, Monday, 12-2pm, DBT for Adolescents: Working with Suicidal, Self-Harming, and Emotionally Sensitive Youth, with Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D.
Where: UNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC Directions and parking
Continuing Education: 2 hours
Fees: Workshop fee is $35
Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office).
Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)
Registration: Online pre-registration – You may pre-register up until the day before the program.
Description: Suicide and self-injury are significant public health problems and are all too common in emotionally dysregulated youth. Research supports the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a treatment for multi-diagnostic youth who engage in suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. DBT uses a blend of acceptance and change strategies along with a particular session structure to engage adolescents in treatment and to target these problematic behaviors. In this workshop, clinicians will learn about the treatment framework, session structure, and core strategies from DBT that support work with emotionally sensitive youth. Participants will learn how to differentiate between suicidal and self-harming behaviors, how to assess the function of these behaviors, and how to balance change and acceptance strategies to promote growth and change in dysregulated adolescents. In addition, some general principles and considerations of working with emotionally sensitive youth (e.g., confidentiality issues, using creative reinforcers in therapy, stylistic considerations for the therapist) will be discussed.