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Integrating Chain Analysis into the Treatment of High Risk Behaviors

with Dr. Shireen Rizvi & Dr. Alan Fruzzetti
Behavioral Care Center of New Jersey and Metro NY DBT Center bring you this virtual seminar which will provide training in Integrating Chain Analysis into the Treatment of High Risk Behaviors.
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Time: 9AM to 4pm with a 1 hour lunch break
Place: Virtual
Fee: $200.00 per person for individual registration.  If you are interested in the student rate please email for further details.  All Payments must be received by 3/12/21 or when capacity is reached.

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Training Description:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment used for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other difficulties with emotion dysregulation. At its core, DBT is a behavioral treatment that relies heavily on careful, precise behavioral assessment. The primary method for behavioral assessment in DBT is the “chain analysis” – a moment-by-moment assessment of the events leading up to and following a target behavior (e.g., self-injury).  


For myriad reasons, many clinicians have trouble conducting chain analyses. Clients may find them aversive, may respond in a non-linear fashion, or may fail to remember important components of the chain. Additionally, therapists may have trouble formulating relevant questions, staying on target, and being behaviorally specific. Furthermore, therapists may miss important elements of the chain (e.g., reinforcers) that may explain the repetitive nature of ineffective behaviors. Increasing one’s skill in conducting chain analyses will likely lead to the generation of more effective solutions and, therefore, improved clinical outcomes. 


In this workshop, didactic material, clinical examples, and experiential learning exercises will be utilized to help audience members refine their approach to chain analyses. The presenters have extensive experience with adult and adolescent populations and the workshop will be geared toward working with both groups. A focus on solutions for problems that arise within the context of conducting chain analyses will be emphasized and ways to minimize these problems from re-occurring will be offered.  


First, we will focus on chain and solution analyses with individuals. Then, we will teach and demonstrate how to bring those individual chains into couple, parent or family work in a DBT way, and how to add parent or partner chains to those individual chains. These “double chains” are the backbone of DBT family interventions. Various solution analyses on double chains will also be discussed and demonstrated.


This workshop is designed for clinicians with some direct clinical experience conducting DBT; basic DBT principles will not be reviewed.

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Meet the Presenters:
Shireen Rizvi, PhD, ABPP is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University where she also holds affiliate appointments in the psychology department, the Department of Psychiatry, and the School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington, and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Boston/National Center for PTSD. Her research interests include improving outcomes, training, and dissemination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of complex and severe populations. She has received foundation and federal funding and her work has resulted in over 70 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Shireen is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and DBT. She is on the Board for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and is past-President of the Board of ISITDBT. She has trained hundreds of practitioners in DBT from around the world and is the Director of the DBT Clinic at Rutgers (DBT-RU).  
Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. is Director of the Boys Residential DBT Program and Director of Training in Family Services for 3East programs at McLean Hospital, and Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. Alan has adapted and implemented Dialectical Behavior Therapy for multiple underserved populations and developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, other problems with emotion regulation, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation. Dr. Fruzzetti is on the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the International Society for DBT, and the Linehan Institute. He has authored more than 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, two books,is the editor of the Guilford DBT Practice series, and has lectured and trained professionals and the public in more than twenty countries in BPD, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and/or in family interventions. Alan is the co-creator (with Dr. Perry Hoffman) of the NEA-BPD Family Connections programs for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems, and for parents with trauma. He has received many honors for research, teaching, and for community service, and is married with four children.
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