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In this experiential institute, participants will learn and practice skills from the four skill modules of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT): Core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. The specific goals of the DBT skills are to develop coping skills to identify and manage strong emotions and urges, reduce impulsivity, enhance assertiveness and effective communication, decrease interpersonal chaos, confusion about self, and cognitive dysregulation, and enhance quality-of-life. Dr. Webb will teach the skills as well as describe the guidelines, structure, and approach used in co-facilitating skills groups work as part of treatment.

Learning Objectives. By the end of day two, participants will be able to….

  1. Explain the goal of the Core Mindfulness module and teach one of its skills
  2. Explain the goal of the Interpersonal Effectiveness module and teach one of its skills
  3. Explain the goal of the Emotion Regulation module and teach one of its skills
  4. Explain the goal of the Distress Tolerance module and teach one of its skills
  5. Understand the role of the individual therapist vis a vis the skills group
  6. Identify patient populations that are most appropriate for DBT treatment


Kristi Webb, PsyD., is a licensed psychologist in private practice who specializes in depression, anxiety, and trauma and its sequelae, including substance abuse, dissociation, and self-harming behaviors. She has had advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and has been working as a DBT therapist with individual clients and co-leading weekly skills groups for 15 years.  She is also an Archetypal Pattern Analyst. Prior to working in private practice, Dr. Webb worked in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient psychiatry, psychiatric emergency services, community mental health, substance abuse treatment, eating disorders day treatment, and a Veterans’ Administration Hospital. She taught psychology for several years in Vermont, New Hampshire, and North Carolina, and is a frequent presenter in on mental health topics. She is recognized by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is a member of the North Carolina Psychology Association and active on its Colleague Assistance Committee.




Slides|| printable Handouts|| diary card || behavior chain analysis || states of mind tracking sheet  || resource list


Clinical Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work

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