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Finding the Wounded Child Inside the Monster: Applying a DBT-Focused Lens to Trauma and Addiction

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Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP
1 Hour 30 Minutes
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Oct 07, 2022
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Studies indicate that approximately 2/3 of all people with substance use disorders report experiencing some form of physical or sexual trauma during childhood. These studies suggest the primacy of utilizing a trauma-focused lens in addressing both addiction and the inherent attachment disturbances and trauma in the treatment space. We’ll cover the key features for successful work with dually-diagnosed client diagnosed with PTSD with Borderline Personality Disorder features and substance abuse disorders. These clients are impacted by early and ongoing developmental trauma. Dr. Webb integrates top-down and bottom-up strategies for addressing the traumatized minds and bodies of clients who have been failed so many times that they have sought “externalized caregivers” in the form of drugs and alcohol. This approach promotes adherence to treatment and strengthens the therapeutic alliance through “authoritative therapy” which promotes a new lens to understand the attachment trauma inherent in PTSD and BPD and to validate the need for a means to regulate an overreactive body and invalidating environment.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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The Village of Kairos

Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP, opened the private practice Kairos in Middle Tennessee in July 2010. Kairos, now The Village of Kairos, offers diverse DBT specializations including DBT or trauma-based disorders and co-occurring disorders. The Village of Kairos has expanded therapy programs, better known as Restorative Services, to include individual and group therapy sessions for adolescents, parents, families, and adults, including in-the-moment coaching for patients.

Dr. Webb earned her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Webb began her clinical work as assistant clinical director and program director at Mental Health Systems in Minnesota, a large clinic specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has extensively practiced DBT, developing two special treatment programs for clients with developmental disabilities and borderline-intellectual functioning.

Dr. Webb has completed Level II training and is currently in the process of completing her board certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy as an Advanced Certified Practitioner, which has become a prominent feature of therapy offerings in the Village.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Eboni Webb maintains a private practice, and she has public speaking relationships with Acacia Therapy and Health Training and Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Eboni Webb is an Executive Board Member for Mental Health America-Middle Tennessee.


  1. Apply authoritative DBT-based therapy techniques to promote felt safety for clients with complex trauma and addiction.
  2. Demonstrate 4 regulating strategies to client with addiction to manage their overtaxed systems.
  3. Utilize DBT-grounded and embodied skills to help clients reclaim a sense of their worthiness to live after trauma and addiction.


  • Trauma and the developing mind
  • Typical patterns of trauma-related addiction
  • Unique factors in creating a felt sense of safety with clients experiencing addiction
  • DBT-based strategies specifically for trauma-based addiction recovery
  • DBT-based embodied skill building
  • Meaning making in addiction recovery

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professions


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