Metaphors and Storytelling for teaching DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Skills for Substance Disorders (Webinar)

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This workshop is intended to help participants identify how the use of metaphors and storytelling is crucial for clinicians practicing DBT individual therapy as well as those who conduct DBT skills training groups. Thinking in metaphors is one of the crucial building blocks that allows humans to engage in abstract reasoning. The ability to compare something that is abstract and difficult to something more concrete and tangible is what has allowed humans to go beyond very simple cognition (Landau, Robinson, and Meier, 2014) to understanding the more complex realities in life. The presenter will share several examples of metaphors and stories that can be used in teaching DBT skills for each of the four DBT modules (Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance). Participants will share metaphors and stories from their own experience that may be helpful for teaching DBT skills in the interactive part of this workshop.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe rationale for DBT skills training for Substance Use Disorders and the use of metaphors and storytelling within this practice.
  • Provide examples of metaphors and storytelling as applied to DBT Skills.
  • Application of metaphors and storytelling to real life case examples.

About the author

James J Esmail, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice since 1996.  He earned the MA and PsyD degrees in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.  Dr. Esmail is a staff psychologist at the state psychiatric hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Behavioral Healthcare), is in private practice, and is an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Psychology program at Xavier University.

Dr. Esmail has led DBT groups at both the state hospital and in his private practice for the last 12 years.  He has enjoyed seeing DBT change the lives of the patients he works with, but also recognizes how DBT has enhance both his life, and the lives of his group co-leaders, many of whom have been clinical psychology doctoral candidates from the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Wright State University, and Miami University.  

Aside from his practice, supervision and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Esmail finds many things that make his life worth living.  First and foremost are his wife Lynn and teenage sons Noah and Nate, and he also loves  playing the guitar, bicycling, reading, doing volunteer work, walking and exercise.  


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June 17, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM

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June 15, 2021 (11:59 PM) EST
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