Stage 2 Treatment in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Presented by Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.


Workshop Description

One focus in Stage 2, of course, is trauma treatment, or treatment for PTSD.  However, how to proceed in Stage 2 beyond treating PTSD is not always clear, and is the focus of this training.  This workshop will address how to conduct treatment in Stage 2 in DBT, addressing all Stage 2 problems other than treating PTSD.  This training is designed to help you:


·         Decide when to move to Stage 2

·         Decide when to address other problems in Stage 2 versus a focus on PTSD

·         Select targets and construct a Stage 2 diary card

·         Compare  DBT in Stage 2 to ordinary CBT

·         Apply dialectical communication to facilitate outcomes

·         Apply detailed, in-session shaping, to help generalize skills to daily life

·         Use chain and solution analyses for subtle problems like rapid escape from negative emotion, avoidance of situations that prompt negative emotional arousal, or general emotional misery

·         Promote skill training and generalization in Stage 2 DBT

·         Utilize partner, parent, or other relationships to enhance outcomes

·         Utilize the consultation team effectively in Stage 2


For whom? 

Anyone trained in DBT basics and working on a DBT team or working from a CBT perspective.  Please bring Stage 2 cases for consultation. 

All proceeds will go directly to the research and clinical programs of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Research Program at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada. DBT at UNR provides free or low cost services to adolescents, adults, and their families in the Northern Nevada community.



When:      Friday and Saturday, September 13 & 14, 8:30am – 5:00pm each day

Where:    Reno, Nevada, on the campus of Truckee Meadows Community College [Click here for map]

Cost:          By August 1:  $345 per person, or $295 per person for teams of 4 or more attending and paid together

                    After August 1:  $395 for all

Morning and afternoon snacks, lunch on-site, and dinner off-site on Friday night are all included in the workshop fee.  Parking is free.

*Please add $20 if you would like to receive for CEs.  CE credits for MSWs, MFTs, and Psychologists will be offered.

The Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. EBPI has allocated 14 CE Credits for this program within APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the program and complete an evaluation form, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

*Full refunds available for registration cancelation by September 1st


To register for this training, please fill out the registration form and return it, along with payment, to:

Julie Skutch

Dialectical Behavior Therapy & Research Program

Department of Psychology 298

University of Nevada

Reno, Nevada 89557


Hotel Information


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Send questions to , or call 775 682 8675


About the Workshop Leader

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology and has been the Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Research Program at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1994.  He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he learned DBT while working under Dr. Marsha Linehan’s supervision in the Behavior Research and Treatment Center. His research focuses on the interplay between severe psychopathology and interpersonal processes (including couple and family interactions and therapist-client interactions, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation) and the development and evaluation of effective individual and family treatments for these problems.  Dr. Fruzzetti is Research Director and a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Investigation and Teaching of DBT.  He has authored or co-authored more than 80 research and clinical papers and book chapters, and two books, and is the co-creator of the NEA-BPD Family Connections program, for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD. In addition to maintaining an active pro bono clinical practice, Dr. Fruzzetti has created multiple DBT applications for individuals, couples, parents, and families and has provided extensive training in the North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in DBT.