Validation is a critical component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a skill which practitioners will need to learn, practice, and fine tune in order to be truly effective. Dr. Ronda Oswalt Reitz talks with us about who benefits most by the use of validation. She also explains in detail the Six Levels of Validation as proposed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the architect of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Understanding and practicing these validation levels will help you as a clinician and the people you serve to engage each other in an open, trusting, therapeutic environment.
Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD is a consultant and trainer in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She specializes in the development and maintenance of DBT treatment programs and teams in mental health delivery systems. She provides public and private trainings and consultation across the United States, focusing on systems including community mental health, instensive outpatient programs, juvenile detention facilities, and acute long term and forensic inpatient programs. Currently, she works for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, in the development of DBT programming statewide, and with Behavioral Tech, LLC, the treatment dissemination company founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan.
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