June 22 & 23 – 2-Day DBT Skills

2-Day Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training: Principles and Practices of DBT

Workshop Information


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Date:  Thursday and Friday, June 22 & 23, 2017
: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD
Presenter: Dr. Maria Mouratidis, Psy. D
CEU Credits: 12 Maryland & DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs  **See below for credit information**
Cost:                  $340 after May 31
                            Lunch Included in registration fee!

**$310 after May 31 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more – Workshop not eligible for other discounts**

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Presenter Bio

Mouratidis Bio Photo for WebsiteDr. Mouratidis is a licensed psychologist, associate professor and chair of Notre Dame’s department of psychology. She received her both her undergraduate and masters degrees in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She received her Psy.D. from Argosy University. Before coming to Notre Dame, she was a member of the faculty at Yale University and served the Department of Defense as a civilian psychologist providing psychological services to our wounded warriors and their families, training professionals, educating leaders, and helping to develop policy. Dr. Mouratidis is well published and considered an expert in the areas of trauma, traumatic brain injury, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).


She has won numerous professional awards, serves on the Board of Directors for the Howard County Mental Health Authority, serves on several national science boards. Dr. Mouratidis has developed and led DBT programs at multiple institutions, teaches DBT at the undergraduate and graduate level, and provides training and supervision in DBT for mental health professionals in a range of clinical settings. She has been teaching for over twenty years and had been committed to educating, mentoring, and treating women.


Workshop Overview

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized behavior therapy that treats patients who suffer from disorders related to emotional dysregulation. DBT is based on a dialectical worldview and balancing acceptance and change. As a treatment, DBT focuses on restructuring cognitions to be more in alignment with a dialectical worldview and treats motivational and skill deficits which interfere with patients’ effective living. This two-day workshop is designed to provide clinicians with the theoretical framework and clinical skill sets for incorporating dialectical therapy approaches into clinical practice. Participants will learn how to treat emotional dysregulation and associated challenging behaviors such as non-suicidal self-injury. Since DBT is an ancillary treatment, approaches for integrating DBT into a comprehensive treatment plan will be discussed.



1. What is DBT? 
The Lineham Institute defines Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and 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.
2. Who would benefit from attending this workshop? 
A wide variety of clinicians can benefit from attending this workshop.  In particular, those clinicians working with patients experiencing emotional dysregulation such as borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, treatment resistant depression, trauma disorders, and substance use disorders.
3. Why should I attend this workshop?
If you have challenging clients that are not responding to other therapeutic interventions you may find DBT skills to be a helpful resource in your therapeutic toolbox. The workshop provides a model for working with challenging patients. It will provide skill sets for clinicians to work on with patients in managing emotional dysregulations and problem behaviors.
4. What will skills/knowledge will I get out of attending this workshop? 
Participants will learn about the DBT model, theory, and skill sets. They will learn how to use the therapy and learn how to manage problem behaviors. Participants will learn how to integrate the principles and practices of DBT into their clinical practice.
5. How effective is DBT?
The Lineham Institute states that research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance use, anger, and depression and improving social and global functioning. For more information, review of the research on DBT.


1. Participants will articulate the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of DBT.

2. Participants will develop a case conceptualization through the lens of dialectical behavior theory.

3. Participants will identify the components of a comprehensive DBT treatment plan.

4. Participants will identify the components of a comprehensive DBT treatment program.

5. Participants will demonstrate the ability to apply the techniques of cognitive restructuring as it relates to a dialectical worldview.

6. Participants will be able to describe the DBT skill sets related to mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness and determine when it is most effective to use which DBT skill.

7. Participants will illustrate how to develop a treatment plan within the model of DBT.


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. **