Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Stephanie D. Stepp, PhD Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Psychology

Join us on March 27th when Stephanie D. Stepp, PhD will present a Clinical Grand Rounds focusing on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). 

Dr. Stepp’s research focuses on developmental precursors, maintenance mechanisms, and outcomes associated with borderline personality disorder from early childhood through adulthood, as well as developing and evaluating assessment tools and psychosocial treatments for this disorder. Her longitudinal studies in this area have provided a growing body of evidence that a combination of emotional and interpersonal person-level vulnerabilities in the context of deleterious family environments may underlie the development and maintenance of this disorder over time. Dr. Stepp’s clinical expertise is the treatment of borderline personality disorder across the lifespan and within the family context utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Furthermore, she has examined the impact of adapting DBT to target parenting behaviors for use with mothers who have borderline personality disorder. Dr. Stepp’s current investigations probe DBT intervention targets utilizing a randomized longitudinal study design with the aim of revealing causal mechanisms in the development of borderline personality disorder. 

Date and Time. March 27, 2020 from 12:00-1:30pm

Location. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium

Learning Objectives. At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the origins and structure of DBT

  2. Describe the biosocial model of borderline personality disorder

  3. Explain the core dialectic in DBT

  4. Describe six levels of validation and three types of change strategies

For More Information. Please contact Frances Patrick at patrickfm@upmc.edu.

The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. WPH maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.
The indicated number of clock hours of continuing education is provided through the WPH’s Office of Educational Resources and Planning, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist.  These clock hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT renewal.  For more information, call (412) 204-9085.