Behavioral Tech, LLC

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™

Level 3

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Location: Wolli Creek (Sydney Area), Australia

Part 1: April 3 -7, 2017 | Part 2: October 2 -6, 2017
Trainers: Tony DuBose, PsyD, Mike Batcheler, Carla Walton

Apply by February 13, 2017

This training is sold out. Please contact Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 to be placed on the wait list.

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Training Description

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™ is a ten-day course designed for those who have begun learning DBT® methods from self-guided study of the treatment manuals and introductory workshops. This training is intended for teams that are invested in learning DBT to a high standard in order to better implement the treatment in their settings.

As DBT is a treatment that requires an ongoing consultation team, the Intensive Training is designed for treatment teams, not individual practitioners intending to practice alone.

A DBT team (minimum of 3*, maximum of 8) is a group of mental health professionals who meets at least weekly to assist each other in applying DBT in their practice setting. With the intent to provide the highest quality training experience, it is our goal to have a maximum of eight teams for each Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™. Teams should discuss and clarify their level of commitment prior to completing their application as course enrollment is limited, and there is a competitive demand for Intensive Training.

Training is conducted in two five-day sessions of instruction divided by six to nine months of home study. In Part 1, lectures, videotapes, and small group exercises are used to teach DBT theory and strategies in-depth. Between the first and second sessions, participants consolidate and apply what they have learned with the help of practice assignments. Between sessions, teams design and begin to implement their own DBT programs or to integrate DBT into an ongoing treatment setting. In Part 2, each team presents their work and receives expert consultation on specific cases and on their program, including protocols for specific treatment problems and adaptations of DBT.

The DBT Intensive Training involves rigorous preparation, training, and homework. Part 1 and Part 2 are both five full days of training. The course is designed to model basic elements of the treatment in an experiential way and to foster team development. Just as DBT requires clients to make a full commitment to treatment and to attend all sessions, DBT training requires Intensive participants to attend the entire training, do their best to learn the material, and participate in a willing, committed manner.

Training Objectives

Part 1:

  • Participate in a DBT Consultation Team.
  • Demonstrate 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 diagnosis of 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.

Part 2:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of important concepts in DBT.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply important concepts in DBT.
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately apply DBT strategies in my own cases and appropriately evaluate the use of DBT strategies in others' cases.
  • Demonstrate use of DBT commitment strategies.
  • Identify in-session dysfunctional behaviors and use DBT strategies to treat them.
  • Use DBT strategies to better manage skills training problems.
  • Identify team problems and use DBT strategies to resolve them.
  • Design DBT service programs, appropriately implementing and modifying DBT protocols for my particular setting and patient population.
  • Formulate plans to evaluate my program/services.
  • Discuss the take-home exam assigned in Part 1 and consequently better understand important concepts in DBT.
  • Discuss homework assignments involving the application of the treatment and consequently better understand how to apply the treatment.
  • Understand and apply the treatment after my team's program presentation.
  • Use techniques for strengthening and using the DBT consultation team.
  • Practice the techniques of DBT by role-playing, as coached by the instructors and be better able to describe and apply treatment strategies.
  • Teach mindfulness skills, interpersonal skills, and emotion regulation skills as detailed in the DBT skills training manual.
  • View and discuss videotaped segments of DBT as modeled by expert therapists and be better able to describe and apply treatment strategies.
  • Understand and apply the treatment after my team's case presentation.


General Schedule
8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Sign-in
8:30 - 12:00 Morning Session
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 4:45 Afternoon Session
4:45 - 5:00 Evaluations and Sign-out

Day 5 ends at 4:00pm.


Tony DuBose, PsyD

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Mike Batcheler

Mike Batcheler is a New Zealand based registered clinical psychologist who has worked in mental health services since the mid-1990s and Corrections in the early 1990s. He was a founding member of New Zealand’s first dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) programme in 1998 and was intensively trained in DBT in 2000. He is a founding member of DBTNZ - an International Affiliate of the Linehan Instituted established to advance adherent DBT practice in New Zealand. He currently works as a DBT therapist, skills trainer and programme coordinator in an adult DBT programme. He was a research therapist on a NZ DBT trial with self-harming adolescents and their families. Mike has considerable experience consulting and providing DBT training across a range of formats and settings. He lives in Auckland.

Carla Walton

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All team members must read the following prior to Part:

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

The DBT Intensive Training is designed to help attendees build an effective treatment program. DBT is a treatment that requires an ongoing consultation team. Therefore, the training is only open to teams consisting of three to eight people. Individuals and teams of less than three will not be accepted. Each team member is expected to attend the entire ten days of training.



  • 3 members 10,000 USD per team
  • 4 members 10,000 USD per team
  • 5 members 12,500 USD per team
  • 6 members 15,000 USD per team
  • 7 members 17,500 USD per team
  • 8 members 20,000 USD per team

Tuition is based on the number of team members. To accommodate smaller teams and maintain fidelity to core training principles, a $10,000 team minimum tuition is required for smaller teams.

Submit Your Application by February 13, 2017

This training is sold out. Please contact Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 to be placed on the wait list.

  1. Team Application — one per team: Download PDF Application Download Team Application
  2. Individual Application — one for each team member: Download PDF Application Download Individual Application
  3. $50.00 application fee required per individual applicant (payment form is located in the application)

Please have one of your team members should submit all team and individual applications and the application fee together to We prefer typed application forms.

Acceptance Notification

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 27, 2017.

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.

Payment Terms

Your tuition payment is due upon receipt of the invoice; if payment is not received, we may release your space to another applicant. Please contact us at 206.675.8588 to discuss any extenuating circumstances affecting your prompt payment. Please submit the tuition payment for your team in one payment (not individually by team member). Application fees and tuition are non-refundable.

Prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. We accept credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express), U.S. checks, and bank transfers. All payments must be in U.S. funds; we are unable to accept foreign checks. Please contact Customer Service at 206.675.8588 or at for more information about ACH or wire transfer payment options.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this training, there are no cancellations or substitutions available. If extenuating circumstances arise that prevent full attendance, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation. We will do our best to provide alternative options for completing training curriculum.

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Seat Availability for Onsite Events

The number of seats for our open-enrollment workshops and our application-based trainings is limited by the physical training space that is reserved for the event. Please complete your registration or submit your application at your earliest convenience, as we will not guarantee a seat for you until we have received your registration or tuition payment.

Venue Information

Mercure Sydney Airport Hotel
22 Levey St
Wolli Creek (Sydney Area), Australia 2205

Continuing Education

Letter of Attendance

Behavioral Tech does not have the capacity to provide Continuing Education hours outside of the United States. If you would like to apply for CE hours, we can prepare a Letter of Attendance for your participation in the training. Please email a request for a letter of attendance to