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Friday Evening Lecture: DBT in Context: Third Wave Behavioral Therapies, Michael Vurek, LCSW

  • Fri, November 20, 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Room 201, Corte Madera, Ca 94925



NOVEMBER 20, 2015



Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidenced-based, comprehensive psychotherapy program for reducing suffering and improving quality of life for people experiencing pervasive emotion dysregulation.  As skills-oriented approaches to helping people are in wider use, DBT is increasingly seen as effective--either as an adjunct or primary modality--or for less severe conditions as well.  Also, DBT’s application of mindfulness and acceptance strategies places it in the middle of recent psychotherapy trends, rather than as unique as it appeared in 1993 when Marsha Linehan’s CBT of Borderline Personality Disorder was first published.

There are various lenses with which to view DBT, one of which is to see it as an extension and elaboration of clinical behavior analysis.  Seen through that lens DBT falls within a family of therapy approaches that explicitly or implicitly share a philosophical and basic behavioral science foundation.  This presentation will provide an overview and history of DBT, and a sense of the behavioral principles that guide these therapists.  We will didactically and experientially explore a contextual worldview and will hopefully get a feel for the perspective of DBT and other “third wave” behavioral therapies.

Michael Vurek is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in San Anselmo, California.  Licensed since 1981 and originally trained in CBT/Cognitive Therapy beginning in 1993, he has since received training, instruction and supervision in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. For the last several years Michael has been studying and using clinical applications of the basic behavioral principles that underlie these approaches.  He provides instruction and supervision, as well as individual and group psychotherapy.  He is associated with the DBT Center of Marin, the Interfaith Counseling Center and a founding member of Cognitive Behavior Therapy Associates of Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. For more information you may contact him at

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Evening Lecture Series and about joining the Committee, contact Committee Chair, Gary Gross

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents  Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance ProcedureMarin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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