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Dr. Elif Celebi

Dr. Elif Celebi

Dr. Elif Celebi is a DHA-licensed clinical psychologist at Thrive Wellbeing Centre in Dubai. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. She has worked as an Associate Professor teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and
published scientific articles on the intersection of clinical and social psychology.
In addition, she has provided trainings in dialectical behavior therapy skills to practitioners.
She is also registered in the The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK.

Online therapy: how to use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills training for emotion regulation

Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive treatment originally developed for individuals with borderline personality disorder. Since the 1990’s, DBT has been studied with many different diagnostic and demographic groups and these studies have gathered evidence of its efficacy and effectiveness.

Standard DBT treatment has four major components: Individual psychotherapy, group skills training, therapist consultation team, and as-needed phone consultation. Because pervasive emotion regulation difficulty is considered to be a core characteristic of BPD, DBT skills were designed to improve emotional experience, expression, and regulation. Specifically, DBT group skills training consists of four modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal skills, and distress tolerance.

DBT skills training has been mostly provided in-person until recently. In the last 3 years since the pandemic, online delivery of DBT skills groups has been more in-demand by clients as well as therapists. In this workshop, learning objectives include:

• participants will be presented with the theoretical framework of the skills training used with emotion regulation difficulties
• participants will identify 4 different DBT skills modules and where to use them
• participants will be presented mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness skills to use with emotion regulation issues
• participants will have a chance to do activities and exercises to teach these skills to their clients.

NOTE: attendance at this workshop will be limited to 20 delegates. Admission to the workshop will be on a first come, first serve basis on the day, with priority given to Professional Delegates (if any spaces are available, these will be offered to HWU and non-HWU Student Delegates).

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