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DBT: Comprehensive Training for Independent Practitioners

Includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training

Part 1: March 9-13, 2015
Part 2: September 14-18, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA

Faculty: Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, Psy.D., Jennifer Sayrs, Ph.D.; Andre Ivanoff, Ph.D. and other DBT experts.

Now Accepting Teams

The full training for independent practitioners is described below, and the schedule began in January 2015 and will continue through September 2016. New DBT teams may apply to participate in the following components of this rigourous training program:

This training is an excellent way to begin your preparation for DBT® Clinician Certification and/or DBT® Program Certification through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.

Start your application today.

Download Individual Application
Download Team Application

Please contact Eric Biljum at ebiljum@behavioraltech.org or 206.701.0608 with any questions.

 

Schedule  Application  Tuition  Venue Information  Continuing Education Information

Training Description

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DBT: Comprehensive Training for Independent Practitioners is a rigorous post-graduate level curriculum designed by Marsha Linehan and Behavioral Tech for the experienced mental health clinician committed to learning and implementing DBT to a high standard of fidelity. The goal of this training is to assist in establishing an effective DBT practice and to prepare clinicians for DBT-Linehan Board Certification.

Over the course of two years, practitioners will participate in a total of 240 training hours through web-based learning communities, independent online learning courses, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™, and weekly online DBT consultation teams facilitated by ongoing expert DBT consultation. All learning modes and modules of study are required to complete the program. Throughout the training, practitioners are required to apply DBT strategies and principles as they learn them in their ongoing clinical work.

Program Details

Commitment to Excellence

Participants of the DBT Comprehensive Training for Independent Practitioners Program begin with a commitment to excellence, which requires them to commit to the entire length of the two year program and embedded learning modules described below. It is expected that participants will do their best to learn the materials and participate in a willing and engaged manner.

Please review your availability and confirm your two-year commitment prior to completing the application. Course enrollment is limited, and there is a competitive demand for this training.

Phase 1 | Preparation for Intensive Training

January - March 2015

Self-Study of Required Texts

6-Week Learning Community

Online Training: DBT Skills Training

Online Training: DBT Chain Analysis Training

Online Training: DBT Validation Principles & Strategies

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training Part 1

March 9-13, 2015

Phase 2 | Bringing DBT to Life: Application and Strengthening Skills

March - September 2015

Weekly Consultation Team Meetings

Expert DBT Consultation

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training Part 2

September 14-18, 2015

Phase 3 | Treating Clients and Growing your Practice

September 2015 - September 2016

Weekly Consultation Team Meetings

Expert DBT Consultation

Online Training: Foundations of Exposure Therapies

Online Training: Transforming Difficult Moments in Therapy

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training program, participants will be able to:

  • Begin participation in a DBT Consultation Team.
  • Demonstrate beginning Consultation Team strategies used in DBT.
  • List the modes, the functions, and the typical treatment agreements made in DBT.
  • Implement the structure, goals, and stages of DBT.
  • Teach the four DBT® skills modules (Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance).
  • Explain the Biosocial Model of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other severe disorders in all required treatment contexts.
  • Create DBT treatment plans for clients using targeting procedures.
  • Explain the dialectical nature of DBT.
  • Demonstrate how dialectics are used in DBT.
  • Conduct Cue Exposure and Response Prevention.
  • List the steps in Problem-Solving.
  • Conduct complete Behavioral Chain Analyses and solution analyses.
  • Implement the Cognitive-Behavioral strategies in DBT.
  • Identify the levels of validation and the contexts in which they apply.
  • Demonstrate the use of validation to balance the change strategies in treatment.
  • Demonstrate the different communication strategies of DBT.
  • Implement the DBT case management strategies.
  • Implement telephone coaching and other generalization strategies of DBT.
  • Apply suicide crisis protocols of DBT.
  • Discuss the DBT research for different populations.

Schedule

Intensive Part 1 & Part 2 Daily Schedule

8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration, Sign-in
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:50 pm Afternoon Session
4:50 pm – 5:00 pm Evaluations, Sign-out
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Team-Building Activities (on two days during Part 1)

Day 5 ends at 4:00pm

Application Process

Prerequisites for Individual Applicants

All applicants should read the following books and selections before the Learning Communities start in January 2015.

  • Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Linehan, M. M. (1993). Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Farmer, R.F. and Chapman, A.L. (2008). Behavioral Interventions in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Chapters 1-5.

Books can be ordered online at the links above or by contacting Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588.

All applicants must be actively working with clients and willing to incorporate DBT into their practice.

  • This training is both informative and experiential. Your ability to complete this program will require an active clinical practice.

Technical Requirements for the Learning Community Sessions, Consultation Team Meetings and Online Training Courses:

Hardware

  • A laptop or desktop PC or MAC computer, preferably a model no less than 5 years old. This machine will need to have the ability to connect to the internet and working speakers. You can use external speakers.
  • A webcam which can be built into your computer or an externally connected model.
  • A headset or headphones with a working microphone. This will be used during your conference calls.
  • A working internet connection with adequate bandwidth. For bandwidth information, refer to the “Connection Speed and Bandwidth” section below.

Connection Speed and Bandwidth

  • Participants need a strong connection to the internet with sufficient bandwidth to facilitate videoconferencing activities. You can check your bandwidth connection on this website. Vsee requires about 150 Kbps upload and download bandwidth per VSee call.

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Application Fee

There is no application fee for DBT teams to apply to participate in this comprehensive training opportunity.

Application Deadline

Teams who wish to participate in this training must apply by February 20, 2015.

Acceptance Notification

Team applicants will be notified of acceptance between now and February 20, 2015.

If you are accepted and require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 at the time of your application submission so that Behavioral Tech may provide the appropriate service.

Apply

The following items must be submitted before your team will be considered:

  1. Team Application — one per team, completed by the team leader or contact person.
  2. Individual Application — please have each individual team member complete an individual application.

Get started on your application today. Please contact Eric Biljum at ebiljum@behavioraltech.org or 206.701.0608 with any questions.

Download Individual Application
Download Team Application

Tuition

Teams

The tuition for teams to attend this training is $2,999.

Individual Practitioners

The tuition for individual practitioners to participate in this training is $4,900* (U.S.) per person. Participants may choose from one of two payment options:

  • OPTION 1: Payment in full of $4,900, paid within 7 business days of acceptance notification.
  • OPTION 2: Contact Behavioral Tech to make a 50% deposit of $2,450 and arrange 12 automatically charged monthly payments of $205. Payment must be arranged and deposit paid within 7 business days of notification of acceptance.

Please contact Customer Care at 206.675.8588 or at info@behavioraltech.org if you have questions about payment.

If payment is not received within 7 business days of acceptance notification, along with payment plan (if applicable), Behavioral Tech reserves the right to offer the space to another individual. Fees and tuition are non-refundable. We accept checks, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. All payments must be in U.S. funds. We are unable to accept American Express or foreign checks. Please contact Customer Care at 206.675.8588 or at info@behavioraltech.org for foreign bank transfer information.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Due to the comprehensive nature of this training, there are no cancellations or substitutions available and fees and tuition are non-refundable.

Limits of Liability

Behavioral Tech is not responsible for any presenters' or participants' statements, acts, materials, or omissions. The use of audio or video taping devices is not permitted at any activity. Trainers and content are subject to change without notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control.

Venue Information

Training Location

Lake Washington Rowing Club
910 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

Nearby Accommodations

University Inn Seattle
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA, 98105
206.632.5055

Continuing Education

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, at the University of Washington, is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT has been found especially effective for those with suicidal and other multiply occurring severely dysfunctional behaviors. Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance abuse, anger, and interpersonal difficulties.

Approval Statements

CEU FAQ Sheet

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors: Behavioral Tech, LLC is approved by the NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals, Provider #359. This activity is approved for 65 contact hours. Behavioral Tech will email you a letter documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity.

Mental Health Counselors: Behavioral Tech is a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Behavioral Tech has allocated 65 clock hours for this activity and will email you a letter documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity.

Nurses: Behavioral Tech, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Behavioral Tech designates this educational activity for a maximum of 65 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Continuing Medical Education is accepted by the ANCC for nursing certification renewal. At the end of the training, each Nurse must complete and sign the provided form to record the number of credits claimed. Keep one copy & return the other copy to Behavioral Tech.

Psychiatrists: Behavioral Tech, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Behavioral Tech designates this educational activity for a maximum of 65 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. At the end of the training, each Physician must complete and sign the provided form to record the number of credits claimed. Keep one copy & return the other copy to Behavioral Tech.

Psychologists: Behavioral Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Behavioral Tech maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Behavioral Tech has allocated 65 hours of CE within APA guidelines. Behavioral Tech will email you a letter documenting your attendance after successful completion of the program.

Social Workers: Behavioral Tech is approved by the NASW Washington State Chapter, Provider Number 1975-166, to offer continuing education for Certified Social Workers, Marriage & Family Counselors, and Mental Health Counselors. Behavioral Tech has allocated 65 CE hours for this activity and will email a certificate of attendance upon 100% completion of this activity.

Online Training Accreditation Statements

Please click the links below for more CE information for online training.

  1. DBT Skills Training
  2. DBT Chain Analysis Training
  3. DBT Validation Principles & Strategies
  4. Transforming Difficult Moments in Therapy
  5. Foundations of Exposure Therapies

Faculty

Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, Psy.D.

Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, Psy.D., received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her doctoral degree from the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in 2004. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center’s Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program under the directorship of Dr. Alec Miller. Dr. Dexter-Mazza completed her postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington. While at the BRTC, Dr. Dexter-Mazza was the Clinical Director and a research therapist for Dr. Linehan’s research studies, which provided both individual DBT and DBT group skills training. Her clinical experience and training with DBT focuses on treatment for adult and adolescent populations along with family members. Dr. Dexter-Mazza’s primary research focuses on the development and evaluation of effective training programs for mental health professionals working with suicidal clients. She has published several book chapters and peer reviewed articles on DBT, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and graduate school training in how to manage suicidal clients. Dr. Dexter-Mazza maintains a private practice in Seattle, providing individual DBT to people with BPD and skills based coaching and support to family members and friends of individuals with BPD.

Jennifer Sayrs, Ph.D.

Jennifer Sayrs, Ph.D., ABPP, received her BS at the University of Washington and her PhD at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and behavioral theory. She then served as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, where she was clinical coordinator of Dr. Linehan's DBT research clinic. She has served as a research therapist on three DBT clinical trials and as DBT adherence coder on two trials. She is a trainer for Behavioral Tech, providing a wide range of DBT workshops in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. She provides DBT to adults, adolescents, and couples. She also has extensive training and experience in treating anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and PTSD), depression, substance dependence, body dysmorphic disorder, and body-focused repetitive disorders (trichotillomania and skin-picking). Dr. Sayrs is a founding member of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, where she spent seven years as Director of Clinical Training. She is now Director of the DBT Center of Seattle, as well as a therapist for the Anxiety and Stress Reduction Center of Seattle. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments in a clinic setting. Dr. Sayrs is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.

André Ivanoff, Ph.D.

André Ivanoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, teaches and consults widely on DBT. She is Chair of the Columbia University Institutional Review Board [Social & Behavioral Sciences]. Dr. Ivanoff previously taught at SUNY- Albany and the University of Washington. She consults and trains nationally and internationally on adapting DBT to correctional and forensic systems. With over 50 publications in the areas of DBT, mental health, and the assessment of suicidal behaviors in correctional settings, Dr. Ivanoff most recently presented "Applications of DBT in Forensic and Correctional Settings" at the International Association Forensic Mental Health Services.

Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D.

Dr. Linehan will lead mindfulness excercises and host a dinner at her home during Part 1 of onsite training.

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and is Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a consortium of research projects developing new treatments and evaluating their efficacy for severely disordered and multi-diagnostic and suicidal populations. Her primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. She is also working to develop effective models for transferring science-based treatments to the clinical community.

She is the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a treatment originally developed for the treatment of suicidal behaviors and since expanded to treatment of borderline personality disorder and other severe and complex mental disorders, particularly those that involve serious emotion dysregulation. In comparison to all other clinical interventions for suicidal behaviors, DBT is the only treatment that has been shown effective in multiple trials across several independent research studies. It has been shown effective in reducing suicidal behavior and cost-effective in comparison to both standard treatment and community treatments delivered by expert therapists. It is currently the gold-standard treatment for borderline personality disorder.

Linehan has written four books, including two treatment manuals: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder and Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. She serves on a number of editorial boards and has published extensively in scientific journals.

Linehan is founder of Behavioral Tech LLC, a behavioral technology transfer group. She is also founder of Behavioral Tech Research, Inc., a company that develops innovative online and mobile technologies to disseminate science-based behavioral treatments for mental disorders.

Linehan was trained in spiritual directions under Gerald May and Tilden Edwards and is a Zen master (Roshi) in both the Sanbo-Kyodan-School under Willigis Jaeger Roshi (Germany) as well as in the Diamond Sangha (USA). She teaches mindfulness via workshops and retreats for health care providers.