This three-day workshop introduces Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Complex PTSD (DBTPTSD).
DBT-PTSD is tailored to treat adult PTSD after childhood abuse, including those with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Most people with BPD show severe problems in emotion regulation, negative self-concept, dysfunctional memory processing, and maladaptive social interaction. To target these core domains, DBT-PTSD merges multiple evidence-based elements: DBT principles, trauma-specific cognitive and exposure-based techniques, compassion focused interventions, and behavior change procedures. The treatment program is designed to be delivered in a residential program (three-months) or in an outpatient setting (45 weeks). Data from a multi-center RCT under outpatient conditions (n=200; 100%female) find the large effect sizes in all relevant domains as well as significant superiority of DBT-PTSD versus Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
DBT-PTSD is based on a psycho-social model. Typical dysfunctional behaviors can predominantly be understood as strategies to avoid or escape from trauma-associated primary emotions like powerlessness, threat, anxiety, disgust, humiliation, or sexual arousal. Corroborated by dysfunctional cognitive assumptions, dysfunctional behaviors such as self-injury, suicidal ideation, dissociation, or intoxication and problematic secondary emotions such as shame, guilt, self-hatred, or chronic anger, develop over time into problematic self-concepts which strongly impair quality of life. DBT-PTSD primarily aims to help patients: a) Revise their fear of trauma-associated primary emotions, b) Question whether secondary emotions like guilt and shame fit the facts, and c) Radically accept the fact of trauma in their lives in order to establish a life worth living.
This workshop is intended for mental health professionals interested in treating complex PTSD using evidencebased principles and procedures. Basic knowledge of DBT is recommended.
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