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APC: An Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy - Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP

Melanie Harned, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Psychologist and Coordinator of the DBT Program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Harned has previously worked as the Research Director of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington (2006-2018), Director of Research and Development for Behavioral Tech, LLC (2014-2017), and Director of Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. (2013-2016). Dr. Harned’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for PTSD as well as methods of disseminating and implementing this and other evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. She regularly provides training and consultation nationally and internationally in DBT and DBT PE and is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.


Overview and Learning Objectives


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that was developed to treat highly suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and has since been adapted for individuals with substance use disorders. The treatment integrates principles of behavioral science with those of Zen practice to provide a synthesis of change and acceptance both in terms of therapist strategies and new skills taught to clients. This talk will briefly outline the treatment targets and structure of DBT, discuss core strategies used in DBT, and highlight several DBT skills for addiction.


Learning Objectives

As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List the DBT treatment targets.
  2. Describe the DBT treatment modes.
  3. Identify the core strategies used in DBT.
  4. Explain two DBT skills for managing addiction.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jun 14, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 Other Professionals Credits
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
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