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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Certificate Course: Intensive Training

John E. Lothes, M.A., LPA, LCAS-A, Ed.D
Two Full Days
Jun 10, 2019
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an empirically validated approach for working with mental health, chemical dependency, and complex co-morbidity. Designed to empower clients to establish mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness, DBT assists clinicians in treating clients with emotional problems, suicidal, self-harm, and self-sabotaging urges and behaviors, and challenging interpersonal styles.

Watch this certificate course recording and receive a detailed understanding and foundation of the skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as applied to clients with mental health and chemical dependency issues. Going beyond symptom management, these skills are designed to improve functioning to build satisfying lives.

This course explores DBT’s theoretical basis, specific DBT interventions, and how to teach skills in individual and group settings. Familiarity with these skills and techniques along with experiential exercises will enhance your clinical skills and professional development.

Guided by the latest research and policy in evidence-based practices, this course teaches the clinical process and content of DBT from theory to practice. Going beyond prescriptive applications, this course shows you how to use essentials such as validation, dialectical strategies, communication styles, and the best ways of changing behaviors in order to effectively balance acceptance and change with your clients.

Complete with education on user-friendly diary cards and chain analysis protocols, you will leave this conference with increased DBT competency as well as many new tools including client worksheets to bring to your clinical practice.

John Lothes, M.A., LPA, LCAS-A, is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations. 




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John Lothes, M.A., LPA, LCAS-A, Ed.D, is a licensed psychological associate in Wilmington, North Carolina and is DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician. As a clinician, John was hired by Delta Behavioral Health in 2008 to help start up and run their Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) based partial hospital program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP) and later a DBT-based substance abuse intensive outpatient program (SAIOP). Since 2008, John has provided supervision to interns on DBT in the PHP, IOP and SAIOP programs. John also uses DBT in his outpatient private practice working with a number of diagnosis. Dr. Lothes has been doing traditional DBT with his outpatient clients since 2008 as well as running weekly DBT skills groups.

Dr. Lothes was introduced to DBT during his internship in 2004 at the New Hanover County Behavioral Health Hospital, an inpatient facility where he eventually led DBT groups in both their inpatient partial hospital program and substance abuse program. While on internship, in August of 2004, John spent a week training in DBT with Dr. Linehan at the New England Education Institute in Cape Cod, MA. In 2014 (Feb 3-7 & Aug 4-8), Dr. Lothes attended Behavior Tech’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Intensive Training (10 Day Intensive). Dr. Lothes frequently attends and/or presents at the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) and the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT) conferences.

Dr. Lothes is a full-time faculty member at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) in the Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences and has an adjunct position in the Department of Psychology at UNCW. He has published research on DBT in PHP and IOP settings, using DBT mindfulness skill with stress, anxiety and test anxiety in college students. He continues to research mindfulness and is conducting research on DBT and the reduction of perceived suffering, depression, anxiety and hopelessness in PHP and IOP patients.


Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: John Lothes II has an employment relationship with Delta Behavioral Health. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: John Lothes II has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Integrate the theory and techniques of DBT into your clinical practice.
  2. Teach DBT skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
  3. Incorporate how to integrate DBT skills for individual and group therapy treatment.
  4. Utilize DBT skills for treating mental health symptoms, chemical dependency and complex co-morbidity.
  5. Designate additional tools and resources for implementing DBT in a clinical setting.
  6. Articulate a variety of strategies for teaching DBT skills to clients.
  7. Recommend how to seamlessly integrate DBT skills into individual therapy.
  8. Discriminate the DBT model from cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other treatment modalities.
  9. Practice a multi-layered approach to validation of clients’ thoughts and feelings.
  10. Employ DBT diary cards and chain (change) analysis in clinical practice.
  11. Propose how to operate with consultative groups and treatment teams.
  12. Assess and manage self-injurious and suicidal behaviors with clear protocols and safety plans.


History & Philosophy of DBT

  • Dialectics explained
  • Core philosophies in practice
  • Skills training techniques

Mindfulness Skills

  • Grounded in the present while being connected to past & future
  • Using core skills to achieve “Wise Mind”
  • Learn classic and innovative mindfulness skills
  • Mindfulness exercises

Distress Tolerance Skills

  • Building frustration tolerance
  • Utilizing crisis survival strategies and plans
  • Learn classic and innovative
  • Distress Tolerance skills
  • Distress Tolerance exercises

Emotional Regulation Skills

  • Understanding emotions and reducing vulnerability
  • Incorporating self-care, opposite action and building positive experience
  • Learn classic and innovative emotional regulation skills
  • Emotional regulation exercises

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

  • Balance in relationships
  • Objective, relationship and self-respect effectiveness
  • Learn classic and innovative interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness exercises

DBT in Practice

  • Understanding how therapy works: The Contextual Model
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Maximizing therapeutic factors, DBT-style
  • Essential elements and functions of DBT revisited

Structure Therapy

  • Structure as a therapeutic factor
  • Structuring the therapy environment
  • Identifying treatment targets: suicidality, self-injurious behavior (SIB), therapy-interfering behavior (TIB), and other targets


  • Levels of validation
  • Validation as an informal exposure technique

Best Methods of Changing Behaviors

  • Self-monitoring with the diary card
  • Behavioral contingencies
  • DBT-style cognitive interventions
  • Behavior Chain (Change) Analysis

Communication Styles: Reciprocal and Irreverent Consultation Group

  • Increase your motivation
  • Develop effective responses
  • Qualities of effective treatment teams

Next Steps: Develop Your Proficiency in DBT

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Nurses



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 9


Edward N

"Excellent presentation!!"


"Outstanding presentation. "

Candella F

"Presenter was absolutely excellent. Gave wonderful examples which really illustrated the material well"

Donnetta E

"Great presentation despite it being 100% virtual. "

Paula E

"Great class. Lots of information."

Kevin N

"Awesome Job. Great information. "

Erin T

"John Lothes is an excellent teacher & his true passion for DBT & his clients shine through - he is genuine and solid. As women, we were pleasantly surprised that this man delivered these materials in such a way that we were even more open and able to learn. Compassionate and strict at the same time. We learned about the way John is & how he is. Great person :)"

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