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Stephanie Mattei, PsyD - Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Beyond the Basics

  • 04/27/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Arcadia University - Murphy Hall (Stiteler Auditorium), 450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038
  • 38


  • Includes 4 CEs
  • Includes 4 CEs

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modification of standard Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that was designed to treat individuals who meet criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

In her modification of standard CBT, she conceptualized the development of the pathology in a package that both patients and clinicians alike could understand and lock onto as a foundation for treatment. Linehan added acceptance-based principles and her own Zen teaching to help individuals understand that much of their emotional experience in life was valid. She focused on behaviorism as a technology of change and most important, she introduced the concept of dialectics, which invites the clinician and the patient to begin observing the world and the pathology to conceptualize life as having multiple truths and perspectives to expand our understanding of reality as it is.

In this workshop, PowerPoint, lecture, video-clips, role-play as well as q/a will be used to teach about the critical migrations away from standard CBT. We will review the DSM-V criteria of BPD and discuss how the diagnostic profile of behavioral, emotional, self, interpersonal and cognitive dysregulation can be understood through the biosocial theory and how DBT was built to meet the skills deficits of these individuals. We will discuss why/how behaviorism makes its way into DBT treatment and how to use these principles to understand, intervene and promote change in these patients. As a counter balance to behaviorist principles and because this is a dialectical treatment, validation strategies must be reviewed and practiced so that the impact of the traumatic invalidation our patients experience can be attended to in the therapy relationship so they can eventually learn how to recover from the chronic invalidation in their lives.

  • 8:30-9:00 - Check in/Light morning refreshments
  • 9:00-1:00 - Workshop
CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the 9 DSM criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder and describe the Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder. Participants will be able to identify how the change from CBT to DBT was necessary in treating the various components of the pathology.
  2. Name various principles of Learning Theory and Behaviorism that are necessary in conducting a Behavioral Chain Analysis (BCA). Participants will select a behavior that they would like to target and will practice conducting BCA through partner role-plays.
  3. List various dialectic and validation strategies that are often used in DBT to maintain a client's commitment to treatment and increase motivation for change. Participants will be asked to practice employing these strategies in role play activities.
About Dr. Mattei

Stephanie Mattei, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from La Salle University in 2003 and has been instructing and supervising in various capacities in the program since graduation Dr. Mattei is Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Behavioral Tech) and is one of the few clinicians in the state of Pennsylvania to have earned DBT certification through the Dialectical Behavior Therapy-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC).

Dr. Mattei has also co-founded the Center for Acceptance and Change in Bala Cynwyd, PA. and has a particular interest in treating women who meet criteria for BPD, engage in Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI), have suicidal thoughts/experiences and who struggle with eating disorders, trauma and relationship distress. She and her colleagues co-founded the Center for Acceptance and Change in 2005 and have had a consistent consultation team to treat the almost 100 patients they currently treat. In addition to being a professor/supervisor, treating clinician, and DBT skills trainer, Dr. Mattei has also been a consultant to many area psychotherapy practices who are looking to adopt a DBT program or add DBT principles to their practice.

Lastly, Dr. Mattei also has a subset of patients that she treats who have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Having treated PCOS for over 20 years, she has authored chapters about the topic (Grassi: The Dietician’s Guide to PCOS) and has co-written a workbook to assist women with under-recognized medical disorder (Grassi & Mattei: PCOS Workbook: Your Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health).

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for mental health professionals and advanced students with some existing knowledge of psychopathology and CBT. Participants understanding and knowledge of basic psychotherapy principles will be assumed.

Continuing Education

Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This program provides four (4) hours of CE credits. PBTA is also an authorized provider for CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

Full attendance is required to obtain CE credits for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.

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