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(Professional CEUs provided by Rathbone & Associates)

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Working with Parents of Children and Adolescents: Using Techniques from DBT and PMT to Improve Parental Interventions

Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C

Zoom, online, live, interactive training

Friday, February 25, 2022
8:45 AM- 12:00 PM

3 Category 1 CEUs*


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Therapists often struggle with teaching parents effective behavior management techniques. They may not fully understand these techniques themselves, they may not have confidence in teaching the techniques, and parents may resist or fall short when implementing these techniques. As a result, treatment stalls and child behaviors do not improve.

This training will integrate information from Parent Management Training (PMT), DBT for adolescents (DBT-A), DBT for Children (DBT-C), and collaborative problem-solving. Participants will learn how teach parents to use various behavior management techniques to decrease problem behaviors and how to use reinforcers effectively to increase desired behaviors. Special attention will be given to helping parents manage emotional reactivity so that they can respond to their children most effectively.


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.

(C-DBT) Contextually-Focused Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A functional approach to DBT

Paul Holmes, PsyD

Zoom, online, live, interactive training

Friday, May 13, 2022
9:15 AM- 12:30 PM

3 Category 1 CEUs*


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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral approach originally developed to treat persons who tend to rely on suicidal and/or para-suicidal behavior as a means of coping with emotional dysregulation. While originally developed as a treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT has been shown to be effective with a number of clinical and non-clinical populations. As a result, there are reasons to consider an approach to DBT that includes a model of emotion dysregulation applicable beyond BPD, and further delineates the application of acceptance and change in relationship to clients’ experience.

This presentation offers a modified version of DBT—Contextually Focused Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT) that emphasizes function, process and exposure. Participants will be introduced to the “Chronic Distress Model” as an explanation of emotional dysregulation applicable to a broader spectrum of clinical and non-clinical populations. The presenter will then give an overview of the structure and processes that comprise C-DBT, including the four skills areas of a C-DBT skills manual. This approach emphasizes experiential encounters in which participants learn to decouple historically-established behaviors from troubling emotions, thoughts, and memories, and select responses based on context and valued ends. In doing so, participants experientially develop a sense that they can shape and direct their lives. The goal is for them to experience freedom from their past, and, in doing so, create opportunities to exercise the freedom to organize their behavior in relation to a future they desire.


Participants will:

  1. Understand how to examine problem behaviors to identify contingencies that maintain the behaviors.
  2. Learn effective behavior management techniques for children and adolescents with emotional dysregulation.
  3. Recognize the important role of validation and how to use it effectively to engage in problem-solving.
  4. Learn techniques for troubleshooting parental treatment interfering behaviors.


Britt H. Rathbone is an expert in adolescent mental health and is committed to proving evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, Unified Protocol, ACT, Behavioral Activation, Prolonged Exposure, and others. He is the founder and director of Rathbone & Associates, a psychotherapy practice focusing on mental health issues and conditions of adolescence.

Mr. Rathbone earned his social work degree from Columbia University in New York and has been a highly rated instructor in the MSW program at the National Catholic University School of Social Service. He has decades of experience in adolescent mental health and psychotherapy and he holds the most advanced certifications available through his professional societies. His expertise has been recognized by being consistently named a top therapist for teenagers by Washingtonian magazine. He was the first clinician in Maryland, DC and Virginia to have passed the rigorous standards established by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification and to be recognized as a DBT Certified DBT Clinician.

Mr. Rathbone is the coauthor of the following:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents
  • What Works with Teens: An Evidence-Based, Practical Guide for Working Effectively with Adolescents
  • Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions,
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group for Adolescents, (chapter) in Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy: A Practitioner’s Reference

*Continuing Education Information

Rathbone & Associates is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for the programs and their content. These trainings qualify for Category I continuing education units. Please contact your state board for verification of reciprocity with other states and professions. In order to receive a certificate, registrants must attend the entire session.

Rathbone & Associates is a sponsor of continuing education credits for psychologists in Maryland under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rathbone & Associates maintains responsibility for the program content.


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