Fighting without Fighting: DBT Skills for Addressing Microaggressions - The Affirmative Couch

Fighting without Fighting: DBT Skills for Addressing Microaggressions

Presenter/Instructor: Rachel Jones, M.A.

2.5 CEs Available

Abstract: Microaggressions exist in the form of jokes, insults, biases, questions, and comments. They are often casual and can even be well-intended. On a day-to-day basis, microaggressions are directed toward people of color, women, gender diverse individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, relationship expansive individuals, and other people of marginalized groups or communities outside of the cultural norm. Their impacts on mental health range in severity and cause significant distress. While the targets of microaggressions are not responsible for the actions of others, they can develop control over their responses. 

This course will provide clinicians with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions to increase adult and adolescent clients’ self-efficacy and agency. The course will differentiate between microaggressions and more overt offenses, and cover the implications on mental health and the unique clinical needs of groups and communities commonly targeted. The presenter will teach a selection of DBT skills for clients who struggle with distress, rumination, anger, impulsivity, suicidal ideation, relationship issues, and ineffective communication as a result of microaggressions. The course will be presented in the form of lectures, video demonstrations, and vignettes. 

Learning Objectives

After participants complete this course, they should be able to:

  1. Identify microaggressions and describe at least 3 ways in which microaggressions impact mental health
  2. Compare the changes in the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems when using DBT skills 
  3. Select at least 1 appropriate DBT skill for each of the four modules according to the client’s subjective level of distress 

Rachel Jones, M.A.  – Rachel is an Associate MFT working in private practice, specializing in treating individual adults, couples/multi-partners, adolescents, and children ages 5 and up. She also provides individual therapy in conjunction with phone coaching and skills groups as a part of the Comprehensive DBT treatment team at Suzanne Wallach Psychotherapy.


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Module 1 1-1
Unit 1 Introduction
Unit 2 Microaggressions
Unit 3 Dialectial Behavior Therapy
Unit 4 Mindfulness Skills
Unit 5 Distress Tolorance Skills
Unit 6 Emotion Regulation Skills
Unit 7 Interpersonal Effectivness Skills
Unit 8 Conclusion
Unit 9 Survey
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