Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Principles with Parents and Families

Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Principles with Parents and Families
Image of a mother and father sitting down with their young daughter inbetween them.

Intended For

Mental health providers familiar with behavioral principles


Friday June 14th, 2019 - 8:45am - 12:00pm

About the Session

Family interventions have the capacity to significantly improve patient outcomes by augmenting  individual therapy. Structuring an effective family intervention is complex and can feel overwhelming to the clinician. Dialectical Behavior Therapy has been established as an effective in the treatment of Borderline Personality disorders and these same principles can be applied to work with parents and families. DBT interventions for parents and families of these individuals is an emerging area of research.  Through an interactive lecture format and experiential exercises, Aditi Vijay, Ed.M., Ph.D. will review the literature around use of DBT with individuals.  She will then discuss the use of a DBT approach for working with parents and families.  Participants in this intermediate-level training will gain knowledge in using the basic DBT principles of behaviorism, mindfulness, dialectics, and targeted validation and will be able to consider ways in which they can use these strategies with parents and family members of clients as critical components in reducing harmful behavior.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic DBT principles of behaviorism, mindfulness, dialectics, and targeted validation.
  • Structure an effective DBT-oriented family intervention (within and/or outside a comprehensive DBT program) to be implemented with parents only, whole family, and multi-family groups.
  • Discuss the dialectics of parenting and identify related skills and exercises to use with families.
  • Conduct a Family Behavior Chain Analysis.
  • Apply Relationship Mindfulness in work with families.
  • Use validation as an intervention between family members.

Instructor Credentials

Aditi Vijay, Ed.M., Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and owner of District Psychology, PLLC. She is the clinical director of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Launch Program for emerging adults; in this role she directs programming and provides clinical services. District Psychology, PLLC is a private practice specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  As a clinical scientist Dr. Vijay’s overarching research interests focus on understanding patterns of emotion regulation, process and outcome research in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the relationship between suicide and loneliness.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, her Master of Arts in the Teaching of Social Studies from Columbia University, her Master of Education in Risk and Prevention from Harvard University, and her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, under the mentorship of Alan Fruzzetti.

Cost: Professional – $95, Student – $65 (please provide proof of student/trainee status)

3 CE credits awarded to psychologists

Water, tea, and coffee will be provided

Location: The Ross Center – Northern Virginia
1595 Spring Hill Road, Conference Room, Vienna, VA 22182


Please contact Stacy Coyle, Psy.D. at: with any questions or to make a request for special accommodations by June 7, 2019.


The Ross Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Ross Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For information about our grievance procedure relating to CE programs, click here. There is no commercial support for this program.

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