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Description: The DBT tool of behavioral chain analysis can provide insight into the many factors that contribute to an experience (whether self-harm behavior, urges, a depressed mood, or distressing thoughts) and how to bring about change. Chain analyses can be applied to any “target,” thus helping clients understand how their vulnerabilities, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors influence and reinforce each other, as well ways to intervene and change their experience. Participants will learn the essential components of effective behavioral chains, how to use their analysis to deepen client self-understanding and identify solutions, and how to weave validation throughout the process. Using examples and role play, Dr. Gadol will demonstrate how to engage clients in behavioral chain analysis. Behavior chains are a critical part of dialectical behavioral therapy, and can offer an equally powerful addition to interventions.

EGadolTrainer:  Eric Gadol received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 and received Intensive Training in DBT in 2011. He is the Director of Consultation Teams and Skills Groups for Triangle Area DBT (TADBiT), and he has taught multiple two-day workshops on DBT. Dr. Gadol is in solo private practice in Durham.




Presentation Slides

Printable handouts with notes

Chain Analysis Worksheet

UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work Clinical Lecture Series

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