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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Effective Tools for Navigating Trauma and Attachment in Complex Clients Across the Lifespan

Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP

August 19-23, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person or Live-Online

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Course Description

Many of the clients we encounter in therapeutic settings present with complex issues stemming from extensive trauma and attachment disturbances. These early life experiences significantly shape their adult behavior, contributing to the development of mental illnesses and personality disorders. Echoing the insight of William Wordsworth in 'My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold' (1802) - 'the Child is father of the Man' - this course delves into the foundational understanding that both functional and dysfunctional behaviors in adulthood have their roots in childhood experiences.

In this comprehensive course, you will gain a profound understanding of the impact of trauma on the developing mind, how attachment is formed, maintained, or lost through traumatic events, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy’s (DBT) relevance in addressing these complex issues including attachment disturbances. We will discuss DBT terms such as 'Mindfulness,' 'Distress Tolerance,' 'Emotion Regulation,' and 'Interpersonal Effectiveness,' which are crucial in helping clients develop coping mechanisms and healthier ways of relating to themselves and others.

You will learn how DBT can be effective in addressing key DSM-V disorders through the lens of trauma. We will focus on how DBT's skills training and therapeutic strategies can help clients achieve greater emotional regulation, reduce self-harm behaviors, and improve relationship dynamics. The course will provide case studies and practical examples to illustrate how DBT can be integrated into therapeutic practices to address complex trauma and attachment-related disorders.

By the end of this course, you will have acquired advanced knowledge and skills to effectively utilize DBT strategies to support clients of any age in overcoming the challenges posed by trauma and attachment issues, leading them toward a path of healing and functional adulthood.

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Eboni Webb has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. She receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: Eboni Webb has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP, earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of  Professional Psychology (MSPP). She began her clinical work as assistant clinical director and program director at Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS), one of the largest providers of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the United States. At MHS, Dr. Webb developed two specialized DBT treatment programs for clients with developmental disabilities and borderline-intellectual functioning. She is comprehensively certified in DBT (PESI/Evergreen Institute and Michael Maslar of Northwestern University), MBSR, and is an advanced certified practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

Dr. Webb is a highly rated international trainer in DBT and is a certified trainer of DBT through the Evergreen Certification Institute and PESI. Dr. Webb trains clinicians for continuing education through various companies that include PESI, Jack Hirose and Associates, and Lane Pederson and Associates.

In 2010 Dr. Webb opened the private practice Kairos in Middle Tennessee. Kairos, now The Village of Kairos, offers diverse DBT specializations including DBT for trauma-based disorders and co-occurring disorders. The Village of Kairos has expanded therapy programs, better known as Restorative Services, to include individual and group therapy sessions for adolescents, parents, families, and adults including pre-and post-adoption services and in-the-moment coaching for clients. The vision of The Village of Kairos is to help clients build a life worth living alongside a village of practitioners with lives worth sharing. Dr. Webb adamantly believes that it takes a village to restore a single life.

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