Contact Hours: 10

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Based on: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay et. al.  2007 New Harbinger Publications.


  • Explore the types of distress experienced by people exposed to trauma
  • Learn the types of dysfunctional stress reactions which may increase distress in people with PTSD
  • Define distress tolerance skills including distraction and relaxation
  • Identify DBT skills that can aid patients in dealing with re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoidance of reminders of the trauma, and increased anxiety and emotional arousal.
  • Explore the concept of the emotional mind vs. the wise mind
  • Use psychoeducation and DBT to help patients identify how their prior symptoms were an attempt at survival, albeit a dysfunctional one
  • Learn how committed action can be helpful in assisting clients with PTSD and Trauma issues to regain a sense of purpose

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