Category: Treatment - DBT


Workshop 4 - Case Formulation and Treatment Planning in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Friday, November 17
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Cobalt 500, Level 5, Cobalt Level

Keywords: DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) | Case Conceptualization / Formulation | Borderline Personality Disorder
Presentation Type: Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Moderate

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a complex cognitive-behavioral treatment designed for a population with multiple problematic and high-risk behaviors. As with any behavioral treatment, the role of assessment in DBT is critical. Although there is a significant body of research supporting the efficacy of DBT, there is a relative dearth of practical and principle-based information that help therapists formulate cases and treatment from a DBT perspective. In this workshop, we will provide a step-by-step guide for creating an assessment-driven DBT case formulation. We will focus on identifying stage of treatment, determining goals, identifying the target hierarchy, assessing and treating the primary target behavior, and tracking outcomes. We will highlight the few rules that inform DBT assesssment and practice, note and correct several common misconceptions, and demonstrate how the use of thorough assessment can result in a more nuanced case formulation and, ultimately, a more effective treatment. Experiential exercises and case examples will be utilized to bring the principles to life.

This workshop is designed for clinicians with some direct clinical experience conducting DBT; basic DBT principles will not be reviewed.

Earn 3 continuing education credits

Learning Objectives:

Recommended Reading: Rizvi, S.L., & Sayrs, J.H.R. (in press). Assessment-driven case formulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Using principles to guide effective treatment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
Linehan, M.M. (1993). Cognitive behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. New York: Guilford.
Rizvi, S.L., & Ritschel, L.A. (2014). Mastering the art of chain analysis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 335-349.

Shireen L. Rizvi

Associate Professor
Rutgers University


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Jennifer Sayrs

Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle


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