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Overview of DBT Skills for Substance Use Disorders

June 18, 2024
8:30am - 12:30pm CST

Virtual Learning via Zoom
Fee: $15 for full members; $60 for partial members and nonmembers
Trainer(s): Lynne Rosenburg, MS LPC, LAC
Continuing Education Hours: 4.0

Course Description

This 4-hour workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how DBT-SUD can assist individuals with substance use disorders who have co-occurring borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, or a history of relapse.  The incidence of co-occurring BPD and SUD is discussed, along with information on suicide risk when BPD and SUD co-occur.

Commitment strategies for DBT-SUD clients, diary card development, and the philosophy of “Dialectical Abstinence” are topics covered, and we will be learning the six specific DBT-SUD skills from the Distress Tolerance module and discussing how these can relate to any addictive behavior that a client may be struggling with.  Finally, this workshop addresses some common therapy-interfering behaviors and teaches how the DBT-SUD model suggests helping to distinguish these behaviors.

About Your Trainer

Lynne Rosenberg, MA, LPC, LAC

Lynne Rosenberg is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in Durango, Colorado.  She grew up and lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until 2015 where she was licensed as a Substance Abuse Counselor.

Lynne’s educational history includes a Bachelor of Business Administration from UW-Madison, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/AODA Counseling from Alverno College and a MS in Community Psychology/Counseling from Alverno College.  During her psychology-focused college years (2010-2015), Lynne worked as a counselor at Meta House of Milwaukee, gaining experience treating women struggling with substance use disorders as well as gaining education and experience in the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders.

While in her graduate program at Alverno, Lynne interned at the Center for Behavioral Medicine in Brookfield, Wisconsin where she developed a passion and interest in applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the substance use disorder population (DBT-SUD). Lynne believes that the emotion dysregulation issues regularly seen with individuals struggling with substance use disorders are often overlooked in traditional SUD treatment and that the skills that DBT offers can be the missing piece when frequent relapses have occurred.

Since 2015, Lynne has lived and worked in southwestern Colorado, where she has continued her DBT and DBT-SUD education and experience. She completed the Portland DBT Institute’s DBT-SUD training facilitated by Linda Dimeff, PhD, who co-authored “Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice” and who has written and researched a wealth of information on DBT-SUD. Lynne has developed and facilitated DBT-SUD skills groups within a community mental health setting and has now started her own practice which focuses on DBT and DBT-SUD. She participates on a comprehensive DBT consultation team that is currently immersed in a Behavioral Tech eighteen-month intensive training in DBT and she facilitates two adult DBT skills groups.

In 2022 Lynne and her intensively trained colleagues intend to launch an adolescent and family DBT program in southwest Colorado, a more comprehensive DBT-SUD program, and a graduate skills group to add to the adult program currently running at her practice, Mindful Mountain Healing.