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Therapy Interfering Behavior

In Therapy Interfering Behavior, Kelly Koerner, PhD shows how to actively target behaviors that interfere with the therapist’s or the client’s ability and willingness to engage in therapy in three min-lessons.  The first lesson outlines the basic principles for treating Therapy-Interfering Behavior (12 minutes). The second and third lessons then go beyond the basics, building the capacity to Identify (9 minutes) and Non-judgmentally Describe (21 minutes) therapy interfering behavior. (1 hour CE credit)

Practical clinical examples and specific exercises teach you to use concepts and strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy’s protocol for treating therapy-interfering behavior.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

1. Use the Basics to Treat Therapy-Interfering Behavior

  • List the basic steps of treating therapy-interfering behavior
  • Apply the steps to an example of your own or your client’s therapy-interfering behavior.

2. Identify Therapy-Interfering Behavior

  • Pinpoint clients’ therapy interfering behavior that is related to your distress
  • Use tools presented to monitor your own responses that may contribute to stress and burnout

3. Describe Therapy-Interfering Behavior Non-judgmentally

  • Describe what it means to take a nonjudgmental stance
  • Notice judgments and rephrase them as descriptions of behavior and its consequences


Kelly Koerner, Ph.D. is Creative Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC, where she combines technology, design, and social enterprise to help clinicians improve clients' outcomes.  She is an expert clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with specialized training in other evidence-based practices.  As a trainer, she is known for her warmth and highly engaging, practical teaching style.  She is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Washington.  Her recent book is Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1 CE credit for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.



Past Reviews

I have been a DBT therapist for 11 years. I find this very helpful and will recommend it to my supervisees and team. I hope it will help me in my continual quest to be a better partner with my clients. - Anonymous

Kelly has a clear and accessible teaching style. The material was very valuable and could easily be expanded. This topic is very pertinent and I appreciate the short course. --Reva Manon Kraus

Great course, helped further my thinking about TIB, good review of TIB concepts and ideas for implementation - Anonymous