Department of Psychology

PERT Lab News

2017

  • Courtney Forbes, Julia Richmond, and Keith Edmonds each received a competitive University of Toledo Department of Psychology Travel Award.
  • Dr. Kim L. Gratz was invited to give the plenary address for the 9th National Conference on Suicide Research and Prevention in Oslo, Norway. The title of her presentation was, "The Role of Emotion Regulation in the Presence, Maintenance, and Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and Self-Injury."
  • Drs. Kim L. Gratz and Matthew T. Tull were invited to give a workshop on targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of self-injury using an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy at the 9th National Conference on Suicide Research and Prevention in Oslo, Norway.
  • Linnie Wheeless successfully proposed her dissertation on June 27, 2017. Congratulations Linnie! Linnie's dissertation project is examining the role of experiential avoidance and mindfulness in the relation between anxiety and worry.
  • The PERT Lab is excited to announce that Julia Richmond (Primary Mentor: Dr. Kim Gratz) and Courtney Forbes (Primary Mentor: Dr. Matthew Tull) will be joining the lab and the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Toledo in Fall 2017. Welcome Julia and Courtney!
  • PERT Lab post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Chris Berghoff will be joining the Department of Psychology at the University of South Dakota as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2017. Congratulations Chris!
  • Dr. Kim L. Gratz was just selected to provide a workshop on her emotion regulation group therapy for self-injury in borderline personality disorder at the 2017 National Convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Washington DC. Past workshop presenters include Drs. Marsha Linehan and Alan Fruzzetti.

2016

  • Dr. Matthew T. Tull and Dr. Kim L. Gratz, in collaboration with Dr. Alex Chapman from Simon Fraser University, published a new self-help book for individuals struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder. Published by New Harbinger Publications, the Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Workbook for PTSD offers a number of skills from empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral treatments, including prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. 
  • Drs. Gratz and Tull traveled to Sweden this fall to continue training clinicians throughout the country in Dr. Gratz's Emotion Regulation Group Therapy (ERGT) for deliberate self-harm in borderline personality disorder, as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Swedish National Self-Harm Project and Stockholm County Council. They are providing both introductory and advanced workshops in Stockholm and Gothenburg as part of an ongoing initiative to provide ERGT throughout Sweden.
  • Drs. Gratz and Tull recently began data collection on their 4-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. You can learn more about the grant here. Information on how to participate in the study is provided here.
  • The PERT Lab has moved from the University of Mississippi Medical Center to the Department of Psychology at the University of Toledo!

Books by Drs. Gratz and Tull

The following books were written by Drs. Gratz and/or Tull and were published by New Harbinger Publications.

The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide, Freedom from Self-Harm, and The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety were all awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit. This is an award bestowed upon outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties.

Tull, M.T., Gratz, K.L., & Chapman, A.L. (2017). The Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Workbook for PTSD: Overcome Fear and Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

CBT PTSD[From the publisher] Written by a team of experts in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this workbook offers powerful, symptom-specific skills from a variety of empirically supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatments, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and—for the first time—cognitive processing therapy (CPT).

PTSD is a debilitating condition that can leave you feeling numb, irritable, on guard, and distant. You may experience flashbacks and traumatic memories, suffer with sleep difficulties and nightmares, and struggle to manage intense emotions, impulses, and the desire to avoid closeness. But there has been rapid growth in the research and treatment of PTSD. This book combines the very best in proven-effective treatments to address specific symptoms, from the least disruptive to the most severe.

Presenting tools drawn from a number of approaches and treatment models—such as ACT, DBT, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), exposure treatment, behavioral activation, imagery rehearsal therapy, and a highly effective, twelve-session cognitive processing therapy (CPT) program, The Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Workbook for PTSD can help you overcome the most common and most difficult challenges people with PTSD face.

This practical guide is loaded with research-based skills from the most effective PTSD treatments available to help you manage your symptoms, reclaim your well-being, and maintain your recovery.

Chapman, A. L., & Gratz, K. L. (2015). The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anger (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

DBT Anger[From the publisher] Do you struggle with anger? Is it hurting your relationships and holding you back from living the life you want? This book offers powerful, proven-effective dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills to help you understand and manage anger before it gets the better of you.

Anger is a natural human emotion, and everyone feels it at some point in their lives. But if you suffer from chronic anger, it can throw your life out of balance and wreak havoc on relationships with family, friends, romantic partners, and work colleagues. So, how can you get your anger under control before it causes real consequences?

Written by two world-renowned researchers in the field of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anger offers evidence-based skills designed to help you understand, accept, and regulate chronic anger and other intense emotions. DBT is a powerful and proven-effective treatment for regulating intense emotions such as anger. With its dialectical focus on acceptance and change, its roots in basic behavioral and emotion science, and its practical, easy-to-use skills, DBT provides a unique and effective approach for understanding and managing anger.

If you're ready to move past your anger once and for all-and start living a better life-this book will show you how.

Chapman, A. L., & Gratz, K. L. (2013). Borderline personality disorder: A guide for the newly diagnosed (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Newly Diagnosed BPD[From the publisher] Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mood disorder marked by extreme, fluctuating emotions, black-and-white thinking, problems with interpersonal relationships, and in extreme cases, self-harm. If you have recently been diagnosed with BPD, you likely have many questions. What treatment options are available? How do you tell your friends and loved ones? And what are the common side-effects of medication?

A diagnosis of BPD can definitely change your life, but it can also be a catalyst for personal transformation and growth. In Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, two renowned experts on BPD present an easy-to-read introduction to BPD for those who have recently been diagnosed. Readers will learn the most common complications of the illness, the most effective treatments available, and practical strategies for staying on the path to recovery.

Chapman, A. L., Gratz, K. L., & Tull, M. T. (2011). The dialectical behavior therapy skills workbook for anxiety: Breaking free from worry, panic, PTSD, and other anxiety symptoms (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

DBT Anxiety[From the publisher] If you have an anxiety disorder or experience anxiety symptoms that interfere with your day-to-day life, you can benefit from learning four simple skills that therapists use with their clients. These easy-to-learn skills are at the heart of dialectical behavior therapy, a cutting-edge therapeutic approach that can help you better manage the panic attacks, worries, and fears that limit your life and keep you feeling stuck.

This book will help you learn these four powerful skills: (1) Mindfulness helps you connect with the present moment and notice passing thoughts and feelings without being ruled by them; (2) Acceptance skills foster self-compassion and a nonjudgmental stance toward your emotions and worries; (3) Interpersonal effectiveness skills help you assert your needs in order to build more fulfilling relationships with others; and (4) Emotion regulation skills help you manage anxiety and fear before they get out of control.

In The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety, you’ll learn how to use each of these skills to manage your anxiety, worry, and stress. By combining simple, straightforward instruction in the use of these skills with a variety of practical exercises, this workbook will help you overcome your anxiety and move forward in your life.

Gratz, K. L., & Chapman, A. L. (2009). Freedom from self-harm: Overcoming self-injury with skills from DBT and other treatments (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

DSH[From the publisher] Self-injury can be as addictive as any drug, and the secrecy and shame many sufferers feel about this behavior can keep them feeling trapped. But if you're ready to replace self-harm with a set of healthy coping skills, this compassionate and practical book can help.

This complete guide to stopping self-injury gives you the facts about self-harm, corrects common myths about this behavior, and provides self-soothing techniques you can begin using right away for regulating difficult or overwhelming emotions. Freedom from Self-Harm also includes self-assessment worksheets, guidance for seeking professional help, and information about the most effective therapies and medications. Drawn from treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, the tools in this book can help you cope with your emotions whenever you feel the urge to self-harm.

Chapman, A. L., & Gratz, K. L. (2007). The borderline personality disorder survival guide: Everything you need to know about living with BPD (authored). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

BPD Survival Guide[From the publisher] If you or someone you love is struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you need up-to-date, accurate, and accessible information on the problems you’re facing and where you can turn for help. But where do you look? Much of the professional literature on BPD is too technical and confusing to be of much help. And searching the Internet for accurate information can be treacherous, with some sites providing useful information and others giving dangerous advice and misinformation. If you’re living with BPD, this compassionate book offers what you really need: an easy-to-follow road map to guide you through this disorder and its treatment.

This book provides answers to many of the questions you might have about BPD: What is BPD? How long does it last? What other problems co-occur with BPD? Overviews of what we currently know about BPD make up the first section of the book. Later chapters cover several common treatment approaches to BPD: DBT, mentalization-based treatment (MBT), and medication treatments. In the last sections of the book, you’ll learn a range of useful coping skills that can help you manage your emotions, deal with suicidal thoughts, and cope with some of the most distressing symptoms of BPD.

Recent workshops and invited presentations

Drs. Gratz and Tull are active in providing workshops on an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy (ERGT) for deliberate self-harm. Although this ERGT was originally designed to address deliberate self-harm, it has also been found to be efficacious in reducing other impulsive and risky behaviors, as well as anxiety and depression (see Gratz & Tull, 2011; Gratz, Tull, & Levy, 2014). The workshops offered by Drs. Gratz and Tull vary in length. They can last anywhere from 3 hours to 5 days. Drs. Gratz and Tull also offer workshops on how to supervise the delivery of ERGT. If you are interested in having Drs. Gratz and Tull provide an ERGT workshop at your institution, please contact Dr. Gratz at Kim. Gratz@utoledo.edu.   

    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (October 2016). Emotion regulation group therapy: Intensive training workshop. Intensive training sponsored by the Swedish National Self-Harm Project, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (September 2016). Supervising emotion regulation Group therapy: Supervision training workshop. Intensive training sponsored by the Swedish National Self-Harm Project, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (September 2016). Emotion regulation group therapy: Intensive training workshop. Intensive training sponsored by the Swedish National Self-Harm Project, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (November 2015). Emotion regulation group therapy: Intensive training workshop. Intensive training sponsored by the Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (April 2016). Supervising emotion regulation group therapy: Supervision training workshop. Intensive training workshop sponsored by the Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (November 2015). Supervising emotion regulation Group therapy: Supervision training workshop. Intensive training sponsored by the Swedish National Self-Harm Project, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (November 2015). Emotion regulation group therapy: Intensive training workshop. Intensive training sponsored by the Swedish National Self-Harm Project, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (March 2015). Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Five day intensive workshop provided for the National Self-Harm Project, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L., & Tull, M.T. (March 2015). Supervising therapists delivering an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy for deliberate self-harm. Two day intensive workshop for emotion regulation group therapy supervisors in the National Self-Harm Project, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Gratz, K.L. & Tull, M.T. (October 2014). Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Two day intensive workshop provided for the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.
    • Tull, M.T. (October 2014). Addressing the problem of comorbidity in substance dependent patients: New initiatives and treatment. Invited presentation for the Advisory Council of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services, Mississippi State Department of Mental Health, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. & Tull, M.T. (June 2014). An innovative approach to treating deliberate self-harm: Acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Clinical pre-conference workshop provided at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury, Chicago, IL.
    • Gratz, K.L. (March 2014). Emotion regulation in borderline personality and related pathology. Invited presentation for the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. & Tull, M.T. (March 2014). Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Two day intensive workshop provided for Human ACT, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • Gratz, K.L. & Tull, M.T. (March 2014). Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Two day intensive workshop provided for Human ACT, Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Tull, M.T. (March 2014). Mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Invited presentation for the Department of Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. & Tull, M.T. (November 2013). Acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy for deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality disorder. Workshop provided at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
    • Gratz, K.L. & Tull, M.T. (August 2013). Targeting emotion dysregulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm: An acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Three day intensive workshop provided for the National Self-Harm Project, Lund, Sweden.
    • Coffey, S.F., Connolly, K.M., & Tull, M.T. (July 2013). Exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. Second Annual Evidence Based Psychotherapy Institute, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. (July 2013). Deliberate self-harm in youth: Myths and effective interventions. Invited presentation for the 25th Annual Lookin' to the Future Conference of Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Natchez, MS.
    • Gratz, K.L. (June 2013). Randomized controlled trial and nine-month follow-up of an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy for deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality pathology. Invited keynote address given at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury, Vancouver, Canada.
    • Gratz, K.L. (March 2013). Targeting emotion regulation in the treatment of deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality pathology: Efficacy of an acceptance-based emotion regulation group therapy. Invited presentation for the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder's Teleconference Series.
Last Updated: 1/30/18