DBT with the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder Part One*



Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was originally developed by Marsha Linehan as a way to help individuals with suicidal ideation. Later on, it became an evidence-based treatment for treating individuals with  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). However, in order for this model to be effective with this population, it is crucial that helping professionals learn how to appropriately implement DBT. During this course, Mary Bennett, LCSW, offers an overview of the DBT model in how it applies to treat individuals with BPD. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to diagnose and treat BPD through the DBT lens. 


  • Explain what is meant by full fidelity Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
  • Describe the 4 modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation.
  • Discuss the hierarchy of needs and structure of an individual DBT session, including opening mindfulness activity, review diary card, and/or chain analyses.
  • Apply DBT to help individuals with BPD work through their emotional regulation challenges, interpersonal problems, and manipulative behaviors.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by
ASWB # 1706, NAADAC # 139138 & NBCC # 6703
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
OCDP Board Sponsor # 50-29024
CE Broker Tracking # 50-29024
FCB # 5387-A

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours per session total of 4 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1006
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      DBT with the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder Part One*
    • Lecture.1
      DBT with the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder Part One*
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      DBT with the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder Part One* 15 questions

Mary Bennett earned her Masters in Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2016. After graduate school, she began working in a community mental health setting, and while there, obtained her License in Clinical Social Work. During this time, she gained extensive knowledge in treating individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder as she provided full fidelity Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment. Working
under a DBT therapist in her first year in the field, she started and directed a DBT program within her second year. Currently, she works at a private practice alongside a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Practitioner’s Assistant to provide integrated care for patients seeking counseling and
medication management. She specializes in treating adults and adolescents experiencing a variety of concerns including self-esteem, mood dysregulation, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, substance abuse, and other life stressors.
Mary spends much of her time volunteering for a high school ministry called Younglife, which gives her a unique perspective in understanding the current issues that adolescents face today. She uses this knowledge in her role as a therapist when working with adolescents and their
caretakers. Her favorite activities include anything outdoors, Crossfit, interior design, and gardening. But most of all she loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog.