June 13 & 14 – 2-Day DBT Skills


 2-Day Intensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Conference:

Effective Core Skills for Clinicians


Workshop Information

Thursday and Friday, June 13 & 14, 2019

Sign In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-5:00pm

MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Grace Nyblade, MSW, LCSW-C, DBT-C

14 Maryland & DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs  **See below for credit information**

$320 early registration through May 15
$345 after May 15
$300 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more – Workshop not eligible for other discounts

Lunch Included in registration fee!


Workshop Description

Are you interested in learning more about DBT and how to use it with your clients? Would you like learn effective, concrete skills you can start using with your clients right away?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective form of therapy that is used to treat a wide range of clinical issues. Since its creation in the 1980s, the research supporting DBT and the core skills that make up DBT has grown exponentially creating a growing interest among many mental health professionals to learn these core skills.

This two-day workshop will introduce attendees to the fundamentals of DBT and will provide an overview of how the individual and group skills taught in DBT differ from traditional CBT treatment. This must attend workshop is designed for any therapist or mental health professional who would like to learn why the skills taught in DBT work and how to apply these skills with their most challenging clients. Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of the four main skills taught in DBT and will have an opportunity to practice these skills within small groups throughout the two days.

This highly interactive workshop will prepare attendees to start using DBT skills with their most challenging clients right away.


What is DBT?

“Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.”  — https://behavioraltech.org/resources/faqs/dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt/


Presenter Bio

Grace Nyblade is the Owner/Clinical Director of A New Leaf Therapy.  They run both psychotherapy and a comprehensive DBT program for 6th grade through Young Adults in their mid 20s.  Her clinic is located in upper Montgomery County easily reachable from Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County.  She got her MSW from University of Maryland, Baltimore and took her first post-Master’s job at Child and Family Services Agency in DC.  Despite extensive training by the agency she did not feel prepared for the disclosures and pain that clients would share.  She sought further training in working with Trauma and received a post-master’s certificate in Trauma Symptom Management from UMD.  She also received training in Domestic Violence, TF-CBT, Trichotilliomania, Sexual Addiction and Offender work and then extensive training and eventual certification in Dialectic Behavior Therapy.  Grace is currently attending training in Radical Openness – Dialectic Behavior Therapy at the time of this presentation.


Workshop Objectives

1.Describe DBT and the differences between other therapies

2. Explain what kind of behaviors are well treated by the current DBT

3. Describe the bio-psycho-social theory behind DBT

4. Have a working knowledge of Emotional Regulation Skills

5. Have a working knowledge of Mindfulness and Middle Path Skills

6. Have a working knowledge of Distress Tolerance Skills

7. Have a working knowledge of Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

8. Demonstratable skills in the individual sessions if DBT fits for client

9. Where to find more information and training if needed


Workshop Agendas

Day 1 Agenda
Day 2 Agenda

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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **