Being Dialectical in DBT:

Commitment, Targeting, and Validation Done Dialectically

Friday, July 27, 2012

Deacon Compean Hall

2475 Lincoln Blvd.

Venice Beach (Los Angeles), CA 90291

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Networking lunch included.

Admission: $150. 6.25 CEUs available for MFTs, LCSWs, and psychologists. Discounts are available for interns and groups of three or more. Space is limited, and only paid reservations will be honored. Please register online at

or by calling (310) 862-8980, ext 109


Charles Swenson, M.D., will teach participants how a dialectical world-view informs specific DBT treatment strategies. This workshop will clarify what is meant by “dialectical” in DBT using lecture, case examples, and role-playing demonstrations. Participants will be taught how to utilize three standard DBT strategies dialectically: prioritizing treatment targets, getting commitment to the treatment, and validating the client. This training is appropriate for clinicians with a range of experience in DBT and CBT. Dr. Swenson is a widely published author on DBT, and an internationally recognized DBT trainer and expert in DBT implementation.