Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents and Adults (3 CE’s)

Presented by Karen Shipley, Psy.D.
April 4th,   8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

This didactic training will provide an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), modules of skills group, individual psychotherapy, and consultation teams as it may be applied for the treatment of suicidal and/or self-injurious adolescents and adults. The presenter will discuss basic assumptions of DBT, the Biosocial Theory, dialectics, and mindfulness practice. Therapist use of self-reflectivity, non judgmental stance, validation, and risk assessment will be highlighted through case presentations and discussion. There are no known risks associated with this presentation.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and define Dialectical Behavior Therapy, modules of skills group, individual psychotherapy, and consultation team.
  • Describe the relevance of Biosocial Theory, dialectics, mindfulness practice, and risk assessment.
  • Utilize self-reflectivity, nonjudgemental stance, and validation with high risk clients.
  • Demonstrate the clinical application of DBT treatment for suicidal and/or self-injurious adolescents and adults.


Presenter Information

Karen Shipley, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has approximately 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She currently provides psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults in an outpatient setting. Dr. Shipley has practiced as a DBT individual and group therapist, primarily with adolescents and caregivers, for more than 10 years. Dr. Shipley was a faculty member for an APA-accredited internship program in New Hampshire and provided DBT supervision and training for pre- and postdoctoral students as well. She continues to consult and provide training and supervision for the Heart of America Psychology Training Consortium in Springfield, Missouri, as well as programs in California. Additionally, Dr. Shipley specializes in the following areas: pediatric psychology, grief and loss, self-harm and chronic suicidality, chronic and terminal illness, eating disorders, and trauma.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

The presentation will be offered at Burrell South Creek, South Creek Theatre room, 2885 W. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65807.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.