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WAFCA-CE Oct. 17 Dialectical Behavior Therapy Reboot: Back to Basics to Advance Our Practice
Best Western Oshkosh Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center
1 North Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Thursday, October 17, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Reboot: Back to Basics to Advance Our Practice

No life is not worth living. But what is important is that you experience your life as worth living—one that is satisfying, and one that brings happiness.  ― Marsha M. Linehan, DBT Skills Training: Manual

For adults and adolescents, problematic behaviors can evolve as a way to cope with a situation or an attempt to solve a problem. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based practice that assumes individuals are doing the best they can, and that learning new behaviors will promote health and well-being. This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to spend time looking at and practicing DBT skill in depth.

Whether you are new to DBT or have some experience with DBT, this workshop will provide an understanding of the underlying philosophies of DBT, as well as opportunities to practice skills discussed in the workshop. Topics will include:  the philosophy behind DBT, a look at the four traditional modules in DBT, a review of the skills taught within each module, how to conduct individual and DBT groups, and considerations for starting a DBT group.  In addition, there will be a discussion of the fifth module “Walking the Middle Path.”  This module is specifically helpful for teaching teens and their care givers ways to enhance their relationship through DBT skills.

Throughout the day, variety of teaching methods will be used to enhance learning. There will be some lecture and discussion.  In addition, there will be several opportunities to practice some of the skills. This will be accomplished in both the large group as well as small group activities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the philosophy of DBT, the main modules of DBT and the skills associated with each
  • Understand the differences in using DBT with adults and adolescents
  • Learn tangible strategies for incorporating DBT skills into practice
  • Consider alternatives for providing DBT within both individual and group settings.

 About the Presenter:

Tim Bautch

Tim Bautch, MA, LPC, CSAC, ICS

Tim is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).  He currently works as a therapist at Connections Counseling, where he provides individual, group, and couples counseling.  He has worked at Connections Counseling for over 13 years.  He was also the Clinical Director at Connections Counseling for about 10 years, until choosing to step down to refocus on clinical work.

Tim has been working the human services for over 30 years, and has been a Master’s level therapist for over 15 years.  Over this time, he has worked with both teens and adults.  He has worked in group homes, residential programs, outpatient programs, and with persons in corrections.  He was formally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in 2011, and has conducted weekly Adult and Adolescent DBT groups for about 8 years.  He also incorporates DBT into his individual counseling when appropriate.

Tim also has a passion for Mindfulness meditation and has had his own practice for many years.  He regularly volunteers at his local high school, teaching meditation to at risk teens.   He also is a founding board member for a non-profit Yoga and Mindfulness Center, and often does Mindfulness workshops for this group.


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