Behavioral Tech, LLC

Marsha Linehan on DBT: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going

Location: Boston, MA

Date(s): May 4 -June 8, 2012
Trainers: Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, David Pantalone, PhD

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Training Description

This is a three-hour presentation about Dialectical Behavior Therapy delivered by Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP.

There are no CE credits offered for this presentation.

Presentation Topics

  • An overview of the characteristics of DBT and how they are changing
  • Outcomes of DBT for specific populations
  • Assumptions and Theory of DBT
  • What differentiates DBT from CBT
  • Mechanisms of change: what parts of DBT work most effectively, with whom, and why
  • Importance of specific treatment components
    • DBT skills
    • DBT case management
    • Diary card and chain analysis
    • Therapist consultation team: the role of group support, humility, compassion in DBT
    • Suicide risk assessment and management
  • Update on Modifications to the Treatment
    • Integrating exposure based treatment in Stage 1 DBT
    • Examining effects of DBT on Axis 1 disorders
    • Stage 2 DBT: When is a client ready?
    • DBT For Adolescents
This training is intended for:
  • Any individual interested in the topic of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
  • Mental Health Professionals that work with complex, suicidal, and multi-problem clients.

Training Objectives


General Schedule
8:15 - 9:00 Sign-in
9:00 - 12:00 Three-hour Presentation


Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP

Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle and is Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a research consortium that develops and evaluates treatments for multi-diagnostic, severely disordered, and 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 involving 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 numerous independent research studies. DBT is effective at reducing suicidal behavior and is 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 and has demonstrated utility in the treatment of high substance abuse and eating disorders.

Linehan has authored multiple books, including three treatment manuals: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd ed.), 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 the founder of The Linehan Institute, a non-profit organization which helps advance mental health through support for education, research, and compassionate, scientifically-based treatments. Linehan is also the founder of Behavioral Tech LLC, a DBT training and consulting organization, and 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.

She has dedicated her life and research to working with people whose lives are at-risk due to crippling and incapacitating psychological problems.

David Pantalone, PhD

David Pantalone, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Behavioral Scientist at The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health. He completed his academic training at Brown, the University of Washington, and the Seattle VA, and is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. At UW, he trained in DBT with Dr. Marsha Linehan. His clinical interests are in treating mood, substance use, and personality disorders, and on the dissemination of evidence-based treatments for these problems. He is an investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects.


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