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Why You'll Love This Course

You can use dialectics effectively with clients and not be an expert in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). That's a dialectic: The holding of two truths, which initially appear to contradict one another, at the same time. Nikki Rubin brings the philosophy behind dialectics to life, in ways you can start using with clients immediately.

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Course Description

The concept of dialectics originated in philosophy, by those who sought to find truth and synthesis in multiple divergent points of view. Integrating dialectics into psychotherapy can enhance patients’ abilities to become more open, curious, compassionate, and flexible. 

This course provides practical instruction in how to utilize dialectical thinking and interventions to improve patients' psychological and behavioral flexibility. This can particularly help patients who struggle with dichotomous thinking, rigid belief systems (e.g. righteousness), limited behavioral responses, difficulty with perspective taking (including empathy), limited insight, or a combination of these. 

While this course is rooted in a cognitive behavioral framework, participants from all theoretical orientations can apply the knowledge presented in this course to their own work. Specific knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which popularized the idea of dialectics in the clinical context, is not required.

1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive).

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Transfer knowledge to clients through effective psychoeducation about dichotomous and evaluative thinking

  • Demonstrate (model) the effective use of dialectics with patients

  • Use dialectics to target dichotomous thinking, linear/perfectionist behaviors, and emotion dysregulation in session

Course Outline

1. Introduction

2. Dialectics

3. Using Dialectics

4. Introducing Dialectics in Session

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Included Resources:

  • Practicing Dialectics handout


Nikki Rubin, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist

Nikki Rubin, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist (CA PSY30047; NY 019595) in private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in evidence-based therapies. She currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor within UCLA's clinical PhD program. She previously served as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she helped lead a shift towards training and supervision in CBT.

Dr. Rubin has led presentations and workshops specific to the application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, including its application for Spanish-speaking populations. 

Additional Information

Format and Length: 

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 72 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

NAADAC Counselor Skill Group 4: Counseling Services

Instructional Level:


Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. The course completion quiz can be retaken multiple times until passed.

Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:

After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors,  masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and substance abuse counselors.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: June 13, 2019 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Contact Information:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education credit in the Clinical topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course has been approved by SimplePractice, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1 Hour CE. NAADAC Provider #186410. SimplePractice is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Click here to view our complete CE approval information.