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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a Complement to Psychodynamic Thought and Practice taught by Risa Muchnick, PsyD (Class)

  • October 07, 2022
  • October 28, 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • October 07, 2022, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • October 14, 2022, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • October 21, 2022, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • October 28, 2022, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • Virtual using Zoom
  • 22


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


Description: This presentation will teach the philosophy and basic principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and how DBT can relate to psychoanalytic work. The course will explain what DBT is—the content of the modality itself—as well as demonstrate how its practice can be used in conjunction with—and as a means to enhance—psychoanalytic work. Using DBT—or having a patient participate in DBT concurrent with psychodynamic psychotherapy—can provide a scaffolding of skills that allows for greater distress tolerance in the patient and thus a greater possibility of depth in psychodynamic work. It is applicable to any patient but can be particularly useful for individuals who experience high levels of emotional dysregulation from trauma as well as individuals with high levels of interpersonal discord. The skills are not a substitute for depth-oriented psychotherapy but can be used as part of a broader treatment picture to create new possibilities in psychodynamic work that may currently or previously have been unattainable because of difficulties maintaining emotional cohesion.

CME Objectives: 

  1. List what skills comprise DBT.
  2. Describe how DBT can complement psychodynamic work.

Instructor: Risa Muchnick, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with both adolescents and adults and provides individual, couples, and family treatment. Dr. Muchnick has served as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver and at the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver. Dr. Muchnick also served as an assistant to the Latinx Psychology Specialty at GSPP during its development in 2015.


Dates & Times: Class will take place from 1:30 - 3:00 PM (MDT) for four Fridays on: October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2022 using Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours prior to the start of the first class and 15 minutes prior to each class.

Cost:  $150 for Society members and $180 for non-Society members. Your spot for the class is not guaranteed until the registration fee is paid in full.

The course is limited to a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 40 people. 

Deadline to register is October 3, 2022.

Confidentiality: During this discussion we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of the class. No recording of case material is allowed.

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend class and complete an evaluation within 7 days after the program. Enabling your video while participating is strongly encouraged. An email with a link to the online evaluation will be sent after the program. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event. For virtual events, CME credit will be equal to the actual time participated.

Cancellation and Certificate Replacement Policy: There will be no refunds after October 3, 2022; any refunds prior to October 3rd will be less a $10.00 administration fee. Please retain your CME certificate for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office must resend a certificate. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Denver Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. (Updated July 2021)

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