Lucene Wisniewski, PhD
Patients for whom traditional treatments have not resulted in recovery/remission as well as those who suffer from multiple Axis I and II diagnoses tend to be a conceptual and practical treatment conundrum, often leading to therapist burnout and to patient drop out. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), originally designed to treat chronically suicidal patients suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, is a treatment that has been applied to multi-diagnostic, difficult-to-treat patients such as these. DBT offers strategies to address prioritizing multiple treatment targets, including those that can be life threatening in patient with eating disorders as well as prioritizing behaviors that can interfere with treatment and subsequently contribute to patient drop out and therapist burn out. Via didactic and case presentations, participants will be exposed to DBT skills and treatment strategies as they are applied to ED symptomology.
Following the training, participants will be able to:
– Identify multiple treatment targets within a DBT Framework
– Identify which ED behaviors may be considered therapy interfering
– Be aware of research on DBT and EDs
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