Thursday, December 5, 2019 through
Friday, December 6, 2019


UJA-Federation of New York 
130 E 59th Street New York, NY 10022


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.





DBT in a Nutshell: Treating Multi-Diagnostic, Complex Individuals Living with Substance Use Disorder

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly efficacious treatment developed by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD for multi-diagnostic, severely disordered individuals with pervasive emotion dysregulation. While originally developed for difficult-to-treat patients with borderline personality disorder, research has demonstrated that DBT is also effective for patients with a variety of complex problems, including eating disorders and substance abuse, where emotion dyscontrol are often at the core of the patient’s problems and/or interfere with long-term maintenance of therapeutic progress. DBT has been adapted for use in a variety of settings, including prisons, inpatient hospitals, schools, and juvenile justice facilities.

This course is designed for chemical dependency professionals with or without familiarity with DBT who are interested in learning strategies to treat individuals with severe emotion dysregulation, including those with borderline personality disorder, substance use disorder, and other mental health disorders.


  • Theoretical basis for DBT and biosocial theory.
  • Emerging research trends and implications for DBT and DBT programs, including cost-effectiveness data and major findings from research on DBT for clients with multiple mental health and substance abuse diagnoses.
  • Structural strategies in DBT, including Stages & Targets of treatment.
  • Principles to consider in determining who DBT-SUD is good for.
  • Review skills specifically designed for SUD clients.
  • Principles to determine whether to insist on abstinence, when to allow for a gradual reduction in use (“warm turkey”), and when to not target the SUD at all.
  • Strategies for adapting DBT to unique settings using DBT functions and modes.
  • Effective use of the behavioral chain analysis to zero in on what’s controlling problem behaviors.
  • Validation strategies: When and how to use them.
  • Dialectics: What it is and how it’s used in DBT.
  • Overview of DBT skill modules.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this two-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the biosocial theory and its components
  2. Describe the patients for whom DBT is effective and identify the most important components of DBT given recent scientific findings.
  3. List and describe the rationale for targets of treatment in Stage I DBT.
  4. Identify the components of a behavioral chain analysis.
  5. Describe six levels of validation and function of validation strategies
  6. Describe the primary dialectic in DBT and how dialectics are applied in DBT
  7. Name the DBT Skills modules and their primary function both Stage I DBT and DBT-SUD.

About the Instructor

Linda Dimeff, PhD, serves Portland DBT Institute, Inc. as Institute Director. Dr. Dimeff previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President at BTECH Research, Inc., an organization she co-founded with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD to facilitate the training and dissemination of DBT and other evidence-based therapies (EBTs). In addition to her role at Portland DBT Institute, Dr. Dimeff currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at Evidence-Based Practice Institute where she develops and evaluates emerging technologies that have the potential to transform training and delivery of EBTs. Trained, supervised, and mentored by Dr. Linehan, Linda is a DBT expert clinician, consultant, and supervisor with specialty expertise in DBT for Substance Abusers.

Dr. Dimeff is the 2011 recipient of the ISITDBT Cindy J. Sanderson Outstanding Educator Award. She is a standing member of the Mental Health Services Research grant review committee for the National Institute of Mental Health and is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member at the University of Washington. Dr. Dimeff has received over 20 federal grants to facilitate the dissemination of evidence-based therapies and has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications. She is the first author of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS): A Harm Reduction Approach and the primary editor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications across Disorders and Settings. Dr. Dimeff is also a Linehan Board of Certification Certified DBT Clinician.

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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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