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34th Annual Cape Cod Symposia

Emotion Regulation Skills and Mindfulness: Integrating DBT Skills into Clinical Practice

- Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., Roshi
July 24 - 28, 2017, Cape Cod, MA

Program & Presenter

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., Roshi, is Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. She is past president of both the Society of Clinical Psychology and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Dr. Linehan is a confirmed Zen master and she has translated aspects of both Zen and contemplative practices into behaviorally specific instructions for mindfulness practice that can be taught to clients in psychotherapy.

Dr. Linehan’s clinical research and writing focus on the development of effective models for transferring efficacious treatments from the research academy to the clinical community. This treatment combines the technology of change derived from behavioral therapies with radical acceptance, or “technology of acceptance”, derived from eastern Zen practices and western contemplative spirituality. The practice of mindfulness, willingness, and radical acceptance is an important part of her approach.

Dr. Linehan has written two newly revised DBT Skills books, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents with Alec Miller and Jill Rathus, and co-edited Mindfulness and Acceptance: Expanding the Cognitive- Behavioral Tradition.

Kathryn Korslund, Ph.D., ABPP is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and is the Associate Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. She is an expert DBT therapist, consultant and trainer and has assisted Dr. Linehan with workshops on DBT for the past 15 years.

Symposium Description

The need for emotion regulation skills is universal. Adults and adolescents entering psychotherapy are often emotionally intense and labile — frequently angry, intensely frustrated, depressed, sad, or anxious. Difficulties in regulating painful emotions are often a central component of many different behavioral disorders. Instruction and coaching in emotion regulation skills is often necessary in psychotherapy, no matter what the approach and no matter what the presenting problem. Successful application of emotion regulation skills requires the ability to be present moment focused.

This symposium combines DBT emotion regulation skills with the core skills of mindfulness. The course is open to both DBT and non-DBT therapists, focusing on how to integrate these skills into clinical practice within any treatment orientation. Instruction will include use of the DBT skills handouts and worksheets (selected ones of which participants will be expected to bring to the symposium) described in the revised DBT Skills Training Manual and in the DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, and will focus on how to teach concepts to clients as well as how to choose which of the many skills to teach. The symposium will include lecture, clinical examples relevant to adolescent and adult populations, teaching stories, exercises and experiential practice.

Symposium Schedule


  • Core skills: The “Whats” and “Hows” of Mindfulness


  • Observing and describing emotions: A systems model of emotions and emotion regulation


  • Changing emotional problem situations: Problem solving, putting problem solving and opposite action together


  • Changing emotional problem situations by reducing vulnerability to negative emotions vulnerability: ABC PLEASE Skills


  • Accepting situations you cannot change: Mindfulness of current emotions