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Dr. Judi Sprei & Associates - DBTMARYLAND

MD and Metro D.C. Area Therapists Specializing in DBT & Trauma

A brief sample of workshops presented by Dr. Sprei related to DBT

Integrating Aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Philosophy and Skills to Enhance the Treatment of Problematic behaviors. 8 am - 4 pm September 5, Walter Reed National Military Center. Presented by Dr. Judi Sprei & Dr. Alisa Breetz

Integrating Aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy into your Treatment of Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder. Invited workshop. Maryland Psychological Association 2014 Annual Convention October 10, Annapolis, Maryland.

Metro DBT Consortium presents: 

Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to

Understand and Treat Self-Injurious Behavior


Judi Sprei, Ph.D.

May 9, 2014 

6 Continuing Education Credits *

Self-injury is a widespread problem that has increased in frequency in the last decade. This workshop will focus on the treatment of adults and young adults who engage in self-harming behavior.

This workshop will help clinicians

· * Understand self-harm, differentiate self-harm from suicidal behavior and address the emotions that arise in them when clients disclose intentional self-harming behaviors.

· *Use an emotional dysregulation model to devise an effective treatment plan.

· * Learn specific methods to help clients understand their own self-injurious behavior, decrease their vulnerability, notice and intervene even before the start of an urge cycle and come up with alternative behaviors to meet the needs currently being met by the self-injurious behavior.

· * Learn to apply the DBT skills of Mindfulness, Crisis Survival & Pros and Cons to self-harm.

· *Understand and use Dialectical Abstinence, Urge Surfing, Riding the Wave of Emotion & Chain Analysis in the treatment of self-harming behavior.

Participants will leave the workshop equipped with knowledge and specific skills they can use with their clients as soon as they return to their office.

October 21, 2011 - Introduction to DBT in Clinical Practice: Effective Tools You Can Use With Your Clients Today: Distress Tolerance Skills. I presented this workshop along with the other founding members of the Metro DBT Consortium.

May, 4 & 5, 2012. I presented a 6 hour CE workshop at the Maryland Psychological Association's Ocean City Institute. The workshop was entitled Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behaviors (using DBT.). I discussed my philosophy and the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other treatment techniques in treating these problematic behaviors. Previously, I enjoyed presenting a 9-hour workshop at the Ocean City Institute entitled Borderline Personality Disorder: New Conceptualizations and Treatment Approaches. I also presented a shorter version of this workshop for The Association of Practicing Psychologists.

My colleague, Dr. Christine Courtois and I also presented at Ocean City Institue (one of our favorite venues!) on The Treatment of Adults Sexually Abused as Children.

I have frequently presented on THe Treatment of Adults Abused as Children.

Lunch and Learn: A Taste of DBT Treatment of Anxiety 1.5 hours, Maryland Psychological Association 2016. A fun brief "taste" of DBT!

Workshop on DBT - American University - Summer 2019.

Dr. Sprei and several of our associates are available to present workshops related to DBT and other topics. Please contact Dr. Sprei at 301 229-0063 if you would like to discuss having her present at your location. Other DBT presentations are listed in her resume which you can obtain by our contact form or contacting Dr. Sprei at [email protected]