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SWRC-CAMFT February Chapter Meeting and Speaker Suzette Bray, LMFT: Riding Out Crisis: Getting Through Bad Situations Without Making Things Worse

  • 02/23/2024
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Please join us on Friday, February 23rd at 12PM for our online chapter meeting. Our speaker is Suzette Bray, LMFT who specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

This workshop will provide 1.5 CEs         CEs FREE to SWRC Chapter Members      $15 for Non-SWRC Members

Riding Out Crisis:  Getting Thru Bad Situations Without Making Things Worse (1.5 CEs)

Presenter                                                           Suzette Bray, LMFT is the author of You and Your Emotions, DBT Explained and The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook. She provides training and consultation to therapists who want to increase their ability to help their clients effectively regulate emotions. She can be found on her website and contacted via email 

Description                                                     In the midst of strong emotion during crisis, clients can “undo” progress forward by giving into crisis urges and behaving in ways that make already difficult situations worse. This presentation will provide therapists with skills for clients to use in moments of distress, as well as ways to address mood-dependent behaviors that get in the way of client’s goals. This course is designed to give therapists a toolkit for teaching clients to tolerate distress. Attention will be paid to assisting clients in identifying and overcoming barriers to using distress tolerance skills and instead giving in to mood dependent behavior.

Learning Objectives                                     A. Participants will be able to name four                 techniques to assist clients in reducing               distress.                                                           B. Participants will be able to identify            two ways to overcome barriers to                client’s using distress tolerance                   skills.                                                           C. Participants will be able to identify           components of a distress tolerance              toolkit.                                                     D. Participants will be able to identify            the role of emotional avoidance in              distress tolerance. 

Topics Covered                                 

  • Defining Crisis
  • Measuring Distress: Using Subjective Units of Distress Scale
  • Experiential Avoidance: Why clients make things worse in moments of crisis
  • The Answer: DBT Distress Tolerance Skills: Pros and Cons, STOP, TIPP, Wise Mind ACCEPTS
  • IMPROVE the moment, Self Soothe
  • What Gets in the Way: How to address mood-dependent behavior and other barriers to skills use
  • Increasing client willingness and ability to manage emotions in the moment rather than giving in to crisis urges
  • Assisting Clients in Creating a Comprehensive Skills Plan

CE Evaluation and Certificate:

A link to the evaluation and fee payment will be provided during the presentation. In addition, an email with appropriate links will go out to all registrants after the course is completed.

Provision of Continuing Education Units:

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credits. Southwest Riverside County Chapter of CAMFT (Provider Number 94446) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs. Southwest Riverside County CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

General Information:

While SWRC-CAMFT strives to assure fair treatment for all participants, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the workshop staff which will require action on the part of the SWRC-Board. Please put all grievances in writing about a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, the style of presentation, workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered. SWRC-CAMFT will keep all grievances confidential and work to remedy the situation as quickly as possible.

SWRC-CAMFT will accommodate any special requests for our in-person workshops to a reasonable degree including those with wheelchair needs, hearing and sight impairments, and learning disabilities. We do not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, or other prohibited basis. SWRC-CAMFT will meet all applicable local, state, and federal standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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