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APC: An Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy - Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP


Melanie Harned, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Psychologist and Coordinator of the DBT Program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Harned has previously worked as the Research Director of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington (2006-2018), Director of Research and Development for Behavioral Tech, LLC (2014-2017), and Director of Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. (2013-2016). Dr. Harned’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for PTSD as well as methods of disseminating and implementing this and other evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. She regularly provides training and consultation nationally and internationally in DBT and DBT PE and is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.


Overview and Learning Objectives


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that was developed to treat highly suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and has since been adapted for individuals with substance use disorders. The treatment integrates principles of behavioral science with those of Zen practice to provide a synthesis of change and acceptance both in terms of therapist strategies and new skills taught to clients. This talk will briefly outline the treatment targets and structure of DBT, discuss core strategies used in DBT, and highlight several DBT skills for addiction.


Learning Objectives

As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List the DBT treatment targets.
  2. Describe the DBT treatment modes.
  3. Identify the core strategies used in DBT.
  4. Explain two DBT skills for managing addiction.
Course Access

Requirements for Successful Activity Completion:

In order to successfully complete this activity and obtain your Certificate,

please follow the steps below:

Course Content


1. View the recorded presentation (60-75 minutes).




3. Click Evaluation to complete the course evaluation.


4. Following your completion of the evaluation, you must select and claim your preferred certificate type on the next page. Once claimed, a download button will appear in your transcript. If you do not see the download button or can not access your certificate, return to the course evaluation and claim your preferred certificate.

Post Survey


5. 90 days following your completion of this activity, you will receive a survey (2 questions) to ask about changes in your practice.


Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Mar 09, 2027
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.5 Attendance Credits
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