Mental & Behavioral Health

Practicing Emotion Validation with Our Students and Ourselves

February 7, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Wendy Bamatter, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, 3East DBT Residential Program, McLean Hospital, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Webinar Description
Developing strong emotion validation skills can foster increased confidence and effectiveness in working with students and colleagues, especially in high intensity situations. Drawing from the latest research, this talk will review the positive effects of validation and negative consequences of invalidation. Participants will learn strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions to validate others and themselves more effectively in the service of fostering improved communication skills and emotion regulation in difficult moments.

About the Speaker
Wendy P. Bamatter, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and young adults. In addition to working with individuals struggling with pervasive emotion dysregulation and high-risk behaviors, Dr. Bamatter is also committed to providing affirming care to gender and sexual minority individuals. Dr. Bamatter completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Yale School of Medicine and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Slides available here.


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Wendy P. Bamatter, Ph.D.

Wendy P. Bamatter, Ph.D.

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