1) Summarize the questions that provided the impetus for a modified version of DBT
2) Describe the differences between DBT organized by second-wave versus third-wave principles
3) Summarize the chronic distress model of emotional dysregulation
4) Describe the four skills areas of the C-DBT skills manual
5) Summarize the function of validation and behavior-chaining in C-DBT.
Paul Holmes, Psy.D., has wide-ranging experience working with multi-problem client populations and has provided Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services since 1995 and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) since 1999. He has received extensive clinical training in DBT from the Linehan Training Group as well as instruction in training other clinicians.
Dr. Holmes has taught at the University of Chicago since 1994, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice. He founded and directs the Center for Contextual Behavior Practices, which offers a contextual behavior practices program of study in the masters of social work program. He also developed a fellowship program that provides a space for young clinicians to receive consultation and support from a contextual behavioral perspective.
In addition to teaching, he conducts numerous workshops each year and provides ongoing clinical consultation for both public- and private-sector mental health professionals and programs. His research interests include understanding the role of mindfulness in emotional regulation, developing a model of affect dysregulation, and integrating DBT services into high school systems for students at-risk. His current focus includes the development of Contextually- Focused Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT). This is a transdiagnostic approach to DBT from a contextual rather than a cognitive perspective. C-DBT offers a model of affective dysregulation applicable beyond Borderline Personality Disorder and an alternative group manual focusing on teaching the processes involved in being skillful.
Finally, Dr. Holmes is founder and director of the Emotion Management Program, LLC, a private practice providing both DBT and ACT services. He holds a Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.