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Dialectics_of_Validation Dec 2012

Dialectics of Validation

Presented by Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Research Program

Department of Psychology, University of Nevada

Director of Research and Member of the Board of Directors,

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorders

Board of Directors, International Society for DBT

Friday, December 2, 2012

Silver Hill Hospital, Martin Center

208 Valley Road, New Canaan CT

(HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Call: 914-682-0050 and ask for NAT. ED. ALLIANCE FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER or code CP5.

Reservations also online at www.cpwestchester.com and put the code CP5 in the group code box to the left of the home screen).

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Check-In and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

9 a.m. – 4p.m. Presentation

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided 

The central dialectal tension in DBT is between acceptance and change, and it is common to think about validation as the instantiation of acceptance and problem solving as the instantiation of change.  However, each of these apparent “poles” in the dialectic may also be understood to include both acceptance and change components, depending on the particular function of validation at that moment (e.g., validation as a discriminative stimulus, establishing operation, reinforcer, and so on).

Recent research demonstrates that validation helps modulate negative emotional arousal (Shenk & Fruzzetti, 2011), and that although therapists in other therapies also validate, the types of validation employed, the targets for those validating responses, and the timing of therapist validation all differ significantly (Fruzzetti, et al., 2012).  These findings have implications for being effective in-session in DBT.

This workshop will utilize lecture, discussion, demonstration/role playing, video, and participant practice to explore the various functions of therapist validating responses, along with the different levels or types of validation outlined by Marsha Linehan (1997).  We will also look at how the targets for validation (e.g., expression/experience of emotion, overt behaviors) might influence how we choose to validate.  Finally, we will look at how to use validation most effectively (type and timing) both to maximize its impact on skill-strengthening in-session and to reduce therapy-interfering behaviors.

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different functions of therapist validation
  • Discuss the impact of validation on emotional arousal
  • Identify when to use validating responses to help patients learn more effective use of skills

Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan CT. is accredited by the Connecticut State Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Silver Hill Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits™.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program is has been submitted for approval for 5.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and may meet the continuing education criteria for Social Work Licensure renewal.

Co-sponsored by NEABPD and Silver Hill Hospital

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT NEA.BPD PROGRAMS THANKS TO THE GENEROUS UNDERWRITING of COSTS BY SILVER HILL HOSPITAL