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Digital Seminar

2-Day: Trauma-Informed DBT: Clinical Interventions for Stabilization and Lasting Recovery

Dr. Kirby Reutter, DBTC, LMHC, CADAC, MAC
Approx. 12 Hours
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Aug 24, 2020
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Clients recovering in the aftermath of trauma are often stuck in the extremes: feeling a million emotions at once or nothing at all, constant worry or impulsive decision making, over-reliance on others or burning bridges, distrusting others or trusting the wrong people. Imagine being able to help your clients cope with these extremes and other trauma symptoms. Help your clients move on from behaviors that were once an asset during the traumatic experience but have since become a liability.

You need the tools to help clients find the middle ground…and DBT is designed to do just that!

Watch Dr. Kirby Reutter, DBT clinician and leading trauma specialist, for this captivating 2-day seminar that takes a comprehensive approach to implementing DBT with even the most symptomatic clients on your caseload. You’ll learn evidence-based DBT skills, techniques, and interventions to help traumatized clients:

  • Restore balance to the parts of their lives that have been forced to extremes by trauma
  • Replace dissociation and reactivity with mindful awareness and acceptance
  • Skillfully tolerate distressing thoughts and feelings related to traumatic memories and triggers
  • Decrease suicidal ideation and high-risk behavior, including self-harm and substance abuse
  • Find meaning in their suffering to allow for developing a life worth living
  • Build genuine connections with others by learning to discern between healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • And more!

Packed with compelling insight and concrete strategies you can use immediately; this seminar is sure to have you heading back to your office with a renewed sense of confidence and skill – sign up today!


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Dr. Kirby Reutter, DBTC, LMHC, CADAC, MAC is a bilingual psychologist and leading trauma specialist. Dr. Reutter has presented on a variety of mental health topics in over 80 locations throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. In addition, Dr. Reutter has presented original research at MIT, provided trainings for the US military, spoken at the International Conference on Human Trafficking, and has appeared multiple times on live Spanish radio. In 2018, Dr. Reutter delivered a TEDx Talk regarding the effects of human trafficking on both brain development and society. Thus far to date, Dr. Reutter has authored 3 books, 1 book chapter, and 6 journal articles. Dr. Reutter’s most recent publication is entitled: DBT Skills Workbook for PTSD: Practical Exercises for Overcoming Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Reutter currently contracts with the Department of Homeland Security to provide treatment services for refugees seeking political asylum.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kirby Reutter has an employment relationship with Gateway Woods Family Services. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kirby Reutter has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Analyze the Biosocial Theory and the role of invalidation in driving trauma-related symptoms.
  2. Integrate DBT with neuroscience to optimize clinical interventions.
  3. Build therapeutic alliance with traumatized clients by balancing acceptance strategies with change strategies.
  4. Demonstrate mindfulness skills to treat trauma-related dissociative symptoms.
  5. Apply distress tolerance skills to cope with trauma-related triggers and reminders.
  6. Practice affect regulation skills to stabilize emotions which have become dysregulated by trauma.
  7. Employ dialectical thinking to recalibrate trauma-related thought patterns.
  8. Develop interpersonal skills to restore relationships affected by trauma.
  9. Integrate DBT with brain science and other models to optimize trauma work.
  10. Analyze trauma memories utilizing radical acceptance, dialectics, and meaning-making.
  11. Apply Wise Mind state to replace reactive, addictive, and self-injurious behaviors.
  12. Formulate how to help clients find the middle path between over- versus under-thinking/feeling/acting.


Foundations of DBT:

  • The Bio-Social Theory and its role in treatment
  • What are dialectics?
  • Trauma is invalidating / Invalidation is traumatizing
  • Why DBT has moved beyond personality disorders
  • Acceptance v. change – the overarching dialectic
DBT, Trauma, and the Brain
  • Healthy Brain v Traumatized Brain
  • Malleability, plasticity, and post-traumatic growth
  • How DBT interventions impact neurobiology
  • Fight, flight, freeze as it relates to trauma survival
Integrating Trauma-Informed Care into DBT Core Skills
  • How to sequence DBT in a trauma-informed manner
  • The role of dialectics in trauma recovery
  • Application of DBT to other trauma-related symptoms and disorders
  • Integration of DBT with other trauma-focused modalities

Dialectical Thinking

  • Common thinking errors among traumatized clients
  • Teaching clients to find the “both/and” in their lives
  • The role of dialectics in trauma recovery
  • Skills: DBT House; TEA – Thoughts, Emotions, Actions; TOM – Thoughts, Opposite, Middle; Cognitive Defusion; Socratic Questioning

Mindfulness: Reactivity v. Dissociation

  • How trauma forces awareness to the extremes
  • Replace dissociation and hypervigilance with mindful tools
  • Mindfulness skills to combat flashbacks and insomnia
  • Skills: 3 A’s – Awareness, acceptance, action; RAIN Dance; Mindfulness Action Plan; Somatic Awareness

 Distress Tolerance: Overreaction v. Paralysis

  • Radical acceptance through the lens of trauma
  • Coping with triggers, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts
  • Finding meaning in suffering
  • Increasing willingness to try new behavior
  • Skills: Diary cards; chain analysis, DBT House

Emotion Regulation: Impulsivity v. Paralyzing Worry

  • How traumatic experiences escalate the frequency, severity, and intensity of emotions
  • Common emotional myths caused by trauma
  • Distinguish between feelings and “action urges”
  • Replace reactivity with problem-solving
  • Skills: “Act opposite”, SEEDS - Symptoms, Eating, Exercise, Drugs, Sleep

Interpersonal Effectiveness: Over-Reliance v. Burning Bridges

  • Trauma’s effect on attachments and relational styles
  • Assertiveness, boundaries, and coping with conflict
  • Decrease social isolation and mistrust of others
  • Skills: DEAR Adult: Assert, appreciate, apologize; Escaping the drama cycle; Appearing confident; Dealing with crisis

Develop a Trauma-Informed Treatment Program

  • Skills groups and skills coaching
  • Levels of validation
  • Adherence v. adaptation
  • Priorities and stages of treatment
Clinical Considerations
  • Crisis intervention for suicidality, self-injury
  • Co-morbidities: Personality disorders, substance abuse
  • Diversity and multicultural factors
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 1


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"Great Training!"

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