Behavior Therapy is a therapeutic approach developed by psychology
researcher Marsha Linehan, PhD. It was initially developed to treat
patients with borderline personality disorder and chronic suicidal
ideation. However, extensive research has shown its effectiveness
in the treatment of other disorders such as bulimia, depression, anxiety,
addiction and more. In DBT treatment, clients meet with a therapist
individually. In addition, they take part in DBT skills groups where
together a group of participants learn skills such as distress tolerance,
regulation of emotions, conflict resolution, and mindfulness.
many therapists running skills groups lack training in experiential
or action oriented therapies. They may provide clear instructions
and didactic information regarding the skills to be learned and offer
handouts, simple role plays, and homework sheets. This frequently
leads to clients experiencing the work as dry, non-engaging and difficult
to fully assimilate and use.
Different about DBT in Action?
by someone skilled in psychodrama, DBT skills take on a very different
feel and appearance. Material is no longer dry but instead comes alive
with actively engaged participants. By becoming active in the learning
process, DBT skills are learned more quickly and retained longer.
When learning and practicing these skills in action through psychodrama,
sociodrama, and role playing, clients often find the groups more enjoyable
and relate better to the information and
techniques being taught.
Psychodrama brings action
based learning and body-mind awareness to learning processes and stresses
identification of feelings. Feelings must be identified and experienced
before adaptive behaviors or skills such as those of DBT can be learned,
and those behaviors and skills must be practiced and experienced in
action within the group before they are applied in day to day life.
Psychodrama is a natural partner to DBT in its effectiveness as a
method of experiential learning, and its techniques for promoting
mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. Psychodrama
is also used to enhance communication skills and relationships between
individuals. One of the great strengths of psychodramatic method is
its emphasis on expanding the "roles" that an individual
feels comfort with in their life. This can promote an individual's
tolerance for being required to step into new roles in their life,
a transition that can be difficult for many people. DBT skills groups
that use action methods such as psychodrama are creative and engaging,
as well as being extremely practical. They enhance the teaching and
learning of core DBT skills.
You Will Learn in a DBT in Action Workshop:
During this training you
will learn how to apply psychodramatic and sociodramatic techniques
to teaching the core skills of...
b. Distress Tolerance
c. Emotional Regulation
d. Interpersonal communication
Are DBT in Action Trainings For?
This workshop is NOT an
introductory workshops to DBT. It assumes familiarity with DBT through
formal training or, at a minimum, through working in a DBT program.
It is also appropriate for those who lack DBT training but who have
advanced training in psychodrama. DBT in Action trainings are not
intended to replace training in either method. Our goal is to give
group leaders new and tested methods for teaching DBT skills and to
provide psychodramatists with some new possibilities for applying
the skills they already know.
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) Available for DBT in Action?
DBT in Action workshops
offer CEUs toward national credentialing by the National Board of
Certified Counselors (NBCC), the National Association of Alcoholism
and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and are accepted by NYS OASAS,
and towards recertification requirements for the National Registry
of Group Psychotherapists. They offer hours towards certification
by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and
Group Psychotherapy as well as towards Drama Therapy. NEW! National
Association of Social Workers (NASW) CEU's may be available for DBT
in Action trainings. Contact us
for more information.
registration and fee are postmarked four weeks prior to workshop,
to register...we limit this training seminar to 22 people.
Please send a check made out to HVPI to:
156 Bellevue Road
Include your name, phone number, email address and regular address
and the name and date of the workshop.
It is now
possible to pay with a major credit card. Do not send credit card
numbers to us.
Contact HVPI for more information.
4 weeks notice: 100% refund
2 weeks notice: 50% credit towards future HVPI trainings
THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OR CREDIT WITH LESS THAN TWO WEEKS NOTICE
Rebecca Walters, MS, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor),
LCAT (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist), and TEP, is the
co-director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute since 1989.
She was a psychodramatist at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital, Katonah,
NY for over twenty five years and recently retired as the Director
of Child and Adolescent Psychodrama Services where she ran six DBT
in Action skills groups a week with adolescents. She also supervised
the psychodrama internship program at Four Winds.
Rebecca is a sought after
international trainer and is known for her expertise in the use of
action methods with children and adolescents. She has brought her
well received training seminars on the use of action methods with
children and teenagers to conferences and training institutes throughout
the US and abroad. She has served on the faculty of Gerry Spence's
Trial Lawyer College and is currently consultant to MD Anderson Cancer
Center's I*CARE, a program for Interpersonal Communication and Relationship
Enhancement that is a program of the Department of Faculty Development
dedicated to improving the communication among cancer patients, their
families and their providers.
Rebecca is an elected member
of the Executive Council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy
and Psychodrama, an organization in which she is a Fellow. She is
the 2010 recipient of their Hannah Weiner Awarded which honors her
years of service to the ASGPP. She is the current president of the
Hudson Valley Chapter of the ASGPP.
Rebecca is certified as
a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners
in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.
by DBT in Action Participants
"Dear Rebecca, your
workshop is one of the best workshops that I have ever attended. Not
only did it provide me with practical and applicable techniques, but
I walked away feeling a renewed excitement about treating children
with DBT. I immediately began implementing some of the skills and
more importantly, you helped to open up my therapeutic repertoire
and I have continued to fuse together DBT theory with the techniques
from your workshop. By helping my clients to physically interact with
the material and involve their whole body and mind in the treatment
I have noticed that they both enjoy the treatment more and more easily
grasp and utilize the skills. Thank you for changing the way that
-Erica Lander, PsyD
Private Practice, NJ
"I have been using
some of the experiential skills I learned at the DBT in Action workshop
with clients who participate in both Trauma Recovery and Dual Recovery
groups with me. Keeping in mind some of the concepts of DNT, but being
able to use them experientially, has worked so well to both keep people
involved, and to teach at a very deep level. As always, thank you,
-Pamela Faith Lerman, M.Ed.,
Creative Arts Therapist
Ellis Medicine Department of Psychiatry
"DBT skills can be
difficult for many people to grasp because they are so different from
the general ways of functioning of most of us. I appreciated the opportunity
to experience active and creative ways to teach and learn the skills
because this will allow me to more clearly understand and remember
-Joan Chandler, PhD
Unity Health System
"I initially used
the skills learned in the “DBT in Action” workshop to
create a 3-session victim awareness protocol for a patient on our
DBT unit who had received alternative sentencing as part of a court
order following assault charges. All patients and staff on the unit
participated as group members.
Feedback from both staff
and patients was overwhelmingly positive. Staff expressed surprise
that patients, normally unwilling to participate in group activities,
were on their feet, moving around the room, expressing themselves,
and laughing. The unit psychologist reported that, through the action
methods, she was more clearly able to see the limits of patients’
cognition (and that this helped her understand why they were not doing
or “getting” some of the DBT lessons). She was amazed
that the patients were able to do and “get” the skill
when presented in this way. Patients' feedback concentrated on the
fun they were having. When I walk on the unit now, patients will call
to me – “When are you coming back to do a group?”
And, one Therapy Aide always greets me with, “There you are!
Whenever I see you I know that something fun is about to happen.”
I have now created a 12-week
protocol and expanded the use of the protocol to include patients
from all units who are having trouble with interpersonal conflicts
and aggressive and assaultive behaviors. The goal is to increase empathy
and prosocial skills."
-Linda Richmond, PhD
Rockland Psychiatric Center
believe that clinicians providing DBT skills groups need fresh ideas,
ways to engage clients, and creative approaches to teaching solid
psycho-educational material. This training did exactly that. Sometimes
re-connecting to what is already "known" from different
angles helps clinicians to think things through differently, solidifies
learning, and makes them more attentive to the needs of their group
members. I highly recommend this training to anyone who feels stilted,
bored, or stuck on repetitive content and needs novel ways of shifting
gears without neglecting the integrity of what DBT skills groups can
-Renee Hoekstra, Psy.D.
"DBT is a highly effective
modality for developing coping skills. However, this treatment approach
is generally taught through the use of handouts and lectures in other
words: Boring! Rebecca Walters has found another way, breathing new
life into the teaching of these skills in her workshop “Psychodrama
and DBT.” Various exercises for distress tolerance, emotional
regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness are explored
through the use of action methods,
techniques that may be helpful for both individual and group sessions.
This is the first workshop to address DBT through action methods –
don’t miss this opportunity!"
-Kathy Lutz, LCSW, LCADC,
"Thank you for the
DBT in Action workshop. We have been using so much of what we learned
that day.The structures you taught have been really great. We have
also been using lots of the warm up/group starter exercises. I start
every DBT group (and now lots of other groups) with some sort of exercise
we learned from you and that’s been really helpful. All of us
from our agency who went that day have found everything really useful
in skills groups and in individual appointments in our DBT program."
-Krista Zanfardino, LMSW
PROSper Program Supervisor
Putnam Family & Community Services, Inc.