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Beginners Mind

Beginners Mind by: Christina Kallas J.D., Esq. It can be daunting to write a regular column, in any publication. It can be particularly daunting to write for this publication. The audience is people who have studied DBT, who are ‘experts’. I have been learning about DBT for almost three decades, but I haven’t ‘studied’ it…
Chris Kallas
October 8, 2021
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Preparing the Environment for Change: Pretreatment for Families

ISITDBT 2021 is Thursday November 18, and this edition of the research corner serves as a backdrop for some of this year’s scheduled workshops. Read on to refresh your memory with what’s already out there, as well as get a sneak peek at what’s to come at ISITDBT 2021.  We know that DBT treatment has…
Kimberly
October 8, 2021
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Program Spotlight: Chicago DBT Institute (CDBTI)

The owner of Chicago DBT Institute (CDBTI), Dr. Kay Segal, started her DBT journey while being supervised by one of Marsha’s former students, Eunice Chen, PhD. She was fortunate enough to get to hang around some of the OG DBTers at ISITDBT meetings every year and recalls listening to Marsha speak about certification, her vision…
Kimberly
October 8, 2021
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Using DBT Skills not with my BPD Person

Thoughts from our Public Member - Chris Kallas Sometimes things don’t go as we planned.  Often, actually. At those times, it’s good to have resilience. Skills are helpful too. When I sat in front of Marsha and learned DBT, I thought I was doing it for my child. I never thought I would be using…
Chris Kallas
September 8, 2021
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Spotlight: Casey Anderson

Lessons learned from my DBT-LBC certification journey I was in the thick of learning about DBT when I worked as an outpatient professional counselor at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress (CCFTS) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, located in Baltimore City. I was lucky to have attended a Foundational DBT training provided by Adam…
Kimberly
September 8, 2021
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Letter from the President’s Desk-August 2021

So Much Has Changed all While So Much Has Remained the Same: Living in a World of Dialectics I hope you all are doing well amidst the ongoing challenges that we all continue to face. It is hard to believe that a year has come and gone and so much has changed while so much…
Kimberly
August 8, 2021
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Research on the effectiveness of DBT outcomes

As DBT practitioners, we know the research on the effectiveness of DBT outcomes. Delivered to fidelity, DBT treatment remains the number one evidence-based intervention for treating Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms. Still, what about those clients that don’t show improvement with the comprehensive model? An observational study  (Salamin, Virginie & Kratzel, Armin & Gothuey, Isabelle & Guenot, Florence.…
Kimberly
August 8, 2021
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What’s the lesson for us from this pandemic?

Thoughts from our Public Member We all say that it’s important to be mentally healthy. After several months of living under this pandemic, we have had a chance to realize how truly important - and difficult to achieve - mental health is.  What’s a ‘little thing’ is also more apparent. If everyone is on edge…
Chris Kallas
June 10, 2021
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DBT Treatment and Telehealth

Anyone else curious how we are evolving as DBT clinicians practicing telehealth? Overall, online sessions presented their own dialectic, with therapists both lauding its ability to reach clients as never before, as well as lamenting the difficulty of a virtual therapy setting.
Kimberly
May 19, 2021
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Letter from the President’s Desk – May 2021

Hello all and Happy Spring, I want to take a moment to wish our treatment developer and distinguished leader, Dr. Marsha Linehan a Happy Belated Birthday (May 5th). She has been an inspiration to so many and has provided hope to those suffering the most. Marsha, Happy Birthday and THANK YOU!  If you haven’t already…
Kimberly
May 11, 2021