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Webinar Admission $180.00 USD  

  • Live Webinar
     May 16, 2025
     10:30 am - 6:00 pm

    Central Standard Time (CST)

While classic adherent DBT has long been the primary approach for trauma-rooted Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT skills – when deployed strategically – can also be extremely effective in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. Despite DBT’s reputation as a rather prescriptive modality, it holds immense treatment potential when clinically deployed as a tailored set of skills. Join Dr. Emily Wharton for an interactive DBT participative forum as she teaches specialized flexible DBT approaches to treat PTSD and other forms of trauma (especially when more traditional forms of treatment just aren’t working).

This workshop will provide an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and will discuss how to provide DBT for PTSD flexibly with responsiveness to different forms of trauma. Experiential exercises, case examples, and multimedia will be used to provide applied, practical, clinical learning. The theory, model, and trauma-specific modules of DBT for PTSD will be presented, alongside discussions of how DBT for PTSD differs from the classical DBT model in its applications to trauma, such as the use of specific Anti-Dissociation skills and the incorporation of skills-assisted in-session exposure to the trauma memory. Examples of trauma-focused skills from each skills module (Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance) will be presented and practiced. The primary focus of this training is on how to provide DBT in a flexible, responsive, and individualized manner to clients struggling with trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.


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Attendance and Location Details


Date and Time


Friday, May 16, 2025 10:30am to 6:00pm CST / 11:30am to 7:00pm EST / 8:30am to 4:00pm PST



*Live Webinar Attendees: Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date.




10:30am -12pm: DBT for PTSD Model and how it differs from Classical DBT
12pm -12:15pm: Break
12:15pm – 1:45pm: DBT for PTSD Model of Trauma and Trauma Sequences
1:45pm – 2:45pm: Lunch
2:45pm – 4:15pm: Anti-Dissociation Skills and Trauma-Related Emotions in DBT for PTSD
4:15pm – 4:30pm: Break
4:30pm – 6pm: Incorporating Trauma-Specific DBT Skills into Skills-Assisted Exposures



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Describe the core tenets, principles, and underlying theory of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for PTSD.

b). Explain how the DBT for PTSD model fits the presentation of PTSD and how it differs from classical DBT.

c). Define anti-dissociation skills and their use in DBT for PTSD.

d). Identify how to create trauma sequences to address multiple traumatic events in clients’ history.

e). Explain how to engage clients in skills-assisted in vivo exposures.

f). Demonstrate how to engage clients in skills-assisted in-session exposure to the trauma memory.


Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Emily Wharton, PsyD

Material Author(s): Emily Wharton, PsyD

Dr. Emily Wharton is a Clinical Psychologist providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples in her private practice, and a Clinical Instructor at the Cognitive Behavior Institute, where she teaches courses in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Wharton has also served in roles of Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and licensed clinical psychologist in the Palo Alto VA. She has provided supervision and training for VA and Stanford psychiatry residents, medical students, and psychology trainees in ACT, DBT, and MI. Dr. Wharton trained at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, San Francisco VA, UCSF, and Palo Alto VA. Dr. Wharton has also served as the Member-At-Large Director for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Wharton has given lectures and trainings for the Palo Alto VA, Stanford University, and the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science. Dr. Wharton has published papers and book chapters on ACT for PTSD, ACT for moral injury, mindfulness practices for anxiety disorders, and group trauma-focused CBT for parents of preterm infants. Learn more about Dr. Wharton at


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