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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Interventions for the Treatment of Substance & Behavioural Addictions

March 16 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Substance abuse, gambling, and other compulsive behaviors have become increasingly common. In fact, a recent study showed that 47% of the adult population suffers from maladaptive signs of an addictive disorder over a 12-month period. Problematic behaviors often occur as a way to cope with a bad situation or feeling, like using substances to deal with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. DBT can help those suffering from addiction develop effective ways to manage stress, regulate emotion, and be mindful about themselves and others.


DBT is beneficial in addiction treatment because it addresses harmful behaviors that act as barriers to improving people’s lives.


Originally developed for borderline personality disorder, DBT is uniquely helpful for people with powerful urges, impulse-control issues, and addictive behaviors. In this workshop, Dr. Pederson will teach practical skills and techniques that help clients regulate their emotions, manage distress and urges, and replace addictive behaviors with skillful ones.


DBT focuses on substance & behavioural addictions and how it affects quality of life, while also promoting target behaviors essential for overcoming addiction. DBT targets several behaviors that improve a person’s chance of recovery:


Reducing or alleviating withdrawal symptoms

Reducing cravings and temptations for relapse

Removing social and environmental triggers, such as people, places or events

Overcoming behaviors or thoughts that encourage the addictive behaviour

Reinforcing healthy relationships, behaviors and environments that support abstinence


In addition, this training features FREE handouts and worksheets from Dr. Pederson’s award-winning The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual and from DBT Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings.


Learning Objectives:

1. Describe how DBT theories and techniques compare with other treatments for addiction


2. Learn the keys to balancing validation and change strategies


3. Master self-monitoring with a specialized DBT Diary Card


4. Manage triggers and behaviors with Behavioral and Solution Analysis


5. List essential DBT skills to target addictive behaviours

The information above is directly from the organizers website and this event is NOT hosted by One Stop Therapy.


March 16
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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