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Description: Drawing from the principles of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Meggan Moorhead will treat us to a refresher on practicing mindfulness in such a way that is helpful to clients and ourselves. A core theme in DBT is for us as therapists to be aware of our experience, respect our own limits, and treat ourselves at least as well as we treat our clients. DBT originated as a therapy to treat people with suicidality and borderline personality disorder in a way that is respectful of client and therapist. Additionally it targets the morale of both. In this session, Dr. Moorhead talks about DBT from the unique perspective of its contribution to the theory, structure and practical tools for treating the therapist.

Meggan Moorhead_photoTrainer: Meggan Moorhead, Ed.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina and a Clinical Associate at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Moorhead, mentored by Marsha Linehan who developed DBT, is an experienced DBT therapist, consultant and supervisor as well as an expert skills trainer. She is co-director of Triangle Area Dialectical Behavior Therapy and co-founder of the North Carolina Center for Positive Psychology. She has developed and led DBT Programs in a long-term unit of a state mental hospital and in private practice. She also works as a trainer for Behavioral Tech in Seattle, Washington, a training company for evidence-based treatments. Born and raised in Japan in a Southern Baptist Missionary family, she has a life-long interest in spirituality and its relationship to healing.


UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work Clinical Lecture Series

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