CSU, Chico News

Cognitive Behaviorist Will Offer Two-Day Conference for Educators and Mental Health Professionals

Date: 05-19-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Steve Koch
Professional Studies in Education

Jill S. Compton, PhD, Duke University, will offer training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) June 25 and 26, 2008, on the CSU, Chico campus. In addition, there will be a half-day session on June 27 on applying DBT principles in the classroom. The Department of Professional Studies in Education and Butte County Behavioral Health are co-sponsoring the conference as part of the In Service to Families, Children and the Courts Program.

DBT was developed in the early 1990s by Dr. Marsha Linehan to treat people who struggle with borderline personality disorder, suicidal thoughts, self-mutilation, food and drug abuse, out-of-control emotions and associated depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It uses an innovative blend of behavior therapy, paradox, humor and compassion.

Compton has provided training in DBT in several states and actively practices DBT as well as supervises a cadre of doctoral interns in its use at Duke University. She is currently implementing a DBT program in a high school setting in Chapel Hill, N.C. Her research interests include DBT applications and treating depression with elderly persons.

During the two-day overview conference on Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and 26, Compton will cover the theoretical foundations of DBT, common clinical strategies and practical guidelines for effective implementation of DBT with challenging adolescents and adults.

In the half-day session on Friday, June 27, Compton will guide educators in applying the principles of emotional regulation to challenging school classrooms.

The sessions are intended for educators, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, physicians, nurses or mediators who work with people facing a wide range of mental health challenges.

Further information is available at http://rce.csuchico.edu/inservice/dbt.asp or by calling 530-898-6105. Partial scholarships may be available for educators through a federal grant secured by the CSU, Chico Special Education Program. Contact Steve Koch at spkoch@csuchico.edu.