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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

January 23 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a proven approach for treating substance use disorders (SUD). This training is designed to provide a detailed overview of the ways in which DBT enhances SUD treatment by providing tools for mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. DBT goes beyond traditional approaches, promoting self-acceptance, tackling co-occurring mental health disorders, and empowering individuals to prevent relapse. DBT fosters a holistic, evidence-based approach to addressing emotional and psychological factors contributing to substance misuse. DBT also places a special emphasis on long-term recovery, building engagement, trust, and collaboration while providing insights into managing triggers and cravings for sustained sobriety.



At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish two (2) specific behaviors that DBT is designed to treat and the origins of DBT Describe the four (4) groups of skills utilized in DBT (Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance)
  • Identify two (2) ways in which DBT skills can be useful for substance use disorders
  • Apply one (1) specific DBT Skill pertaining to one of the four (4) DBT skills
  • Explain two (2) specific ways in which DBT can be integrated into an SUD treatment setting




Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC)
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