Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Co-Occurring Disorders

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment approach for treating the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is a condition that is often characterized by behavioral patterns that include impulsivity and emotional dysregulation. Similarly, individuals with co-occurring disorders can experience these behavioral patterns and DBT skills have been adapted/translated to also meet the needs of this population. DBT-SUD is a growing approach to treating people with co-occurring conditions. Understanding how to use these skills can be vital to ensuring we are helping people to truly build a life worth living.


This training will highlight the adaptation of DBT for use with people with co-occurring disorders, the application of some specific DBT skills, and how these skills can help people to truly embrace their values and priorities in order to be successful in recovery.



  • Identify how DBT has been adapted for use in the treatment of substance use disorders.
  • Utilize DBT-SUD skills in your practice when treating individuals with co-occurring disorders.
  • Understand how these skills help people to build a life worth living in recovery.
Mental Health (MH)
Substance Used Disorder (SUD)



Laura started in the field of substance use disorder treatment in 2010 as an intern in the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections at the Drug Abuse Correctional Center. From there Laura worked in residential treatment for 5 years and completed her Master’s degree. While finishing her degree, she worked with domestic violence survivors, women involved with the criminal justice system, and with adolescents diagnosed with mental illness. She moved into work with patients who are diagnosed with multiple disorders and began working at an inpatient psychiatric unit. Currently, Laura works at Rogers Behavioral Health and was central to the launch of their first regional Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Partial Hospitalization program. Laura has been with Rogers for just over 6 years and currently holds the position of Director of Outpatient Addiction Services.

Megan Kurdi, LCSW

Megan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who began her career with Rogers Behavior Health in 2017 as a therapist at the Charles E. Kubly Center for Depression Recovery in WI. Her training includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy treatment interventions  emphasizing focus on evidenced-based care. Megan was promoted to manager of clinical services which provided oversight for 4 inpatient units and expanded her experience and practice with the treatment of mental health and addiction recovery patients within an inpatient setting. Now working at Rogers Behavioral Health in Philadelphia, Megan has been integral to the growth of  treatment within the clinic treating co-occurring mental health and addiction patients. Megan is currently the Director of the outpatient clinic.