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Greater Los Angeles District Meeting

  • Saturday, September 21, 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 3267 Corinth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066


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Greater Los Angeles District

California Society for Clinical Social Work



Borderline Personality Disorder: Current Thinking and Practice Including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy


Presented By: Wendy Douglas, LCSW, MSPH


Participants will receive an overview of treatment strategies for working with difficult clients in individual therapy. This includes specific interventions for those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), severe depression and those struggling with self-harming behaviors, chronic interpersonal difficulties and emotional dysregulation.

This presentation will explore a brief history of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and an overview of how it is used including the four modules used in DBT, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Interventions and techniques from each module will be covered for therapists and their clients who do not have access to the full DBT program.


1. Participants will be able to define the word "dialectic" and identify two dialectical dilemmas in the treatment of BPD.

2. Participants will be able to describe the four modules of DBT and identify at least one intervention from each one.

3. As a result of this presentation participants will be able to name at least two of the "therapeutic agreements" in DBT and how they are used.


This course meets the qualifications for 1.5hrs of CE credit for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs as required by the CA BBS. PCE #1


All meetings are from 10:30 to 1:00 with networking before and after presentations. Bring business cards, flyers etc. Members earn 1.5 CE units at no cost. CE credit for non-members is $15.00, no charge to attend without credit. MSW students are encouraged to attend. We meet at the home of Judy Messinger, 3267 Corinth Ave., L.A. 90066. 2 & 1/2 blocks south of National Bl., 1 block west of Sawtelle Bl. Corinth does not intersect National, within a mile of 10 and 405 junction. Plenty of parking and plenty of snacks. Please RSVP to Judy so there is enough seating, handouts etc. at 310.478.0560 or messingerlcsw@yahoo.com or  simlcsw@verizon.net


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