Working with a complex client, including those with Borderline Personality Disorder or tendencies, can be both a frustrating and a rewarding experience. As helping professionals, we intimately know the dialectics of this process, the multiple truths of this challenging work. Similarly, we have witnessed the ‘and’ in the lives of our clients. For these individuals, their self-destructive tendencies, characterized by cognitive, emotional, and behavioral extremes, simultaneously demonstrate the resistance to and the seeking of- help. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a dynamic approach that works with these contrasting attitudes by balancing the acceptance with structured behavioral change. As one of the most effective treatments for addressing complex needs, DBT empowers providers and clients alike to walk in the practice of skillful living.
Effectively implementing DBT skills in the clinical setting requires understanding its theoretical basis and extensive practice in its application. Further, the benefits of DBT are enhanced when its philosophy is adopted collectively by a clinical team. This workshop will speak to its utility as a model for therapeutic practices.
In this immersive workshop, a DBT-Intensively Trained clinician acting as the consultation group leader will teach participants the basics tenants of DBT and explore the implementation of DBT skills. This unique opportunity will also involve the application of the DBT philosophy in addressing current complex cases. At the end of this workshop, attendants will be able to:
• Identify the four components of comprehensive DBT treatment
• Understand the DBT philosophy to guide case conceptualization
• Understand the DBT perspective of clinician self-reflection and self-care
• Actively discuss case questions through the DBT lens
• Implement and practice the use of DBT skills and worksheets
• Understand the DBT perspective of spirituality
About the Presenter
Marriage, Family & Child Therapist
Clinical Director, Jupiter Location
Heart Show Founder & Creative Director
Clara Bossie is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and qualified supervisor currently serving as a co-owner and Clinical Director at Therapeutic Oasis of the Treasure Coast. This vibrant healing center, located in Boca Raton and Jupiter, focuses on the treatment of individuals and families with challenging needs. Clara exercises her passion for complex cases through specializations in neurodiversity, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorders and personality disorders across the life span. As a clinician. She has advanced education in addictionology, eating disorders, mindfulness self-compassion and non-violent crisis interventions to name a few.
Clara’s identity as a helper began in the classroom, where she served as an Exceptional Student Educator (ESE), assisting children and their families using psychoeducation and skill-based learning. Naturally, her inclination towards behavior and developmental theory led her to DBT. In 2012, Clara received DBT Intensive Training which required her to collaboratively develop a DBT program from the ground up. Since this accomplishment, she has created DBT programs for individuals across the lifespan, their families, and special populations.
Clara has devoted her career to helping her clients, mentees, and professional peers pursue their life worth living. She believes that the DBT philosophy provides a safe and structured space for clients and has fostered its unique benefits for both established colleagues and those in training. Clara has provided DBT consultation and supervision to aspiring DBT clinicians and is collaboratively advancing her team through the DBT program certification process. As a Ph.D student, Clara is exploring counselor education and DBT as a model for counselor supervision.