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DBT Advanced Training: The Art of Moving from Conceptualization to Exposure for Emotional Avoidance©


Update: Click here to view a short interview with Dr. Shari Manning about the benefits and outcomes of this training!

April 11-14, 2018 – The Art of Moving from Conceptualization to Exposure for Emotional Avoidance©

Invited Presenters: Shari Manning, Ph.D. and Annie McCall, MA, LMHC

Co-Hosted by Choices Counseling & Skills Center and Institute for Girls’ Development

Pasadena Masonic Temple
200 S Euclid Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
25 CEs available for MFT, LCSW, LEP, LPCC, and Psychologists


Standard Rates:

Individual Cost: $1550.00
Group Cost: $1450.00 per person (groups of 3 or more)
Pre-licensed*: $1350.00

Daily breakfast, beverages, and afternoon snacks and continuing education certificates are included in the cost of your registration.

Early Bird discount rates January 8, 2018 – February 16, 2018:

Individual Cost: $1350.00
Group Cost (3 or more): $1250.00 each
Pre-licensed*: $1250.00

When exposure is used in DBT it is dictated by the DBT case formulation. Informal exposure is used to treat in session avoidance in Stage 1. It is also the behavioral intervention that specifically targets emotional avoidance when identified through behavioral chain analysis as a controlling variable for problem behavior. Formal (Prolonged) Exposure is the primary treatment intervention for Stage 2 of DBT.

This training will begin with one day of advanced training on DBT case conceptualization. Participants will be asked to complete a case conceptualization on an individual psychotherapy client prior to the training. Those case conceptualizations will be used as examples to identify stages and targets for their individual client. We will begin to formulate the exposure interventions as a part of Day 1 and will move into training on exposure in DBT Stage 1 and Stage 2 for days 2-4.

This training is designed for people who have attended previous trainings in DBT and will further develop skills needed to provide effective treatment with Stage 1 and Stage 2 clients. This training assumes that participants have knowledge of the basic principles of DBT. An overview of the treatment and treatment strategies will not be presented.

In addition to the case conceptualization to be completed prior to the training, there will be daily homework and practices. Trainers will use PowerPoint, case examples, live demonstrations and practices to teach case conceptualization and exposure.

This training will be helpful for therapists who are in the process of certification through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification ( as well as those preparing for the certification process. It meets partial requirements for training and will be a valuable tool for applicants as they enter the work sample demonstration requirements (formal case conceptualization and adherence through recorded sessions)

For further details including daily agenda and outcomes, please visit TIC-LLC’s web page.

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