Behavioral Tech, LLC

Intensive Training in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD

Level 4

Location: City of Durham, United Kingdom — co-hosted by British Isles DBT

Date(s): July 3 -6, 2017
Trainers: Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP, Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, PsyD

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Training Description

This 4-day workshop is designed to provide intensive training in how to integrate PTSD treatment into standard DBT. Participants will learn the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for treating PTSD, one of the newest developments in DBT research and practice. This protocol can be added to standard DBT to allow for integrated treatment of PTSD, suicidal and self-injurious behavior, and other co-occurring problems. Participants will learn how to use DBT strategies to prepare high-risk and multi-problem clients for the DBT PE protocol as well as how to determine when clients are ready to begin formal PTSD treatment. The structure and procedures of the DBT PE protocol will be taught in a session-by-session format with extensive opportunities to watch video examples and practice delivering each of the primary treatment components. Particular attention will be paid to discussing strategies for overcoming common problems that arise during PTSD treatment with high-risk and multi-problem clients as well as how to tailor the treatment to address the complex characteristics of this client population.

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who:

  • Have attended a DBT Intensive or Foundational training (or equivalent)
  • Are active members of DBT consultation teams
  • Currently provide DBT individual therapy

Training Objectives

  1. Learn how to use DBT strategies to prepare high-risk and multi-problem clients for the DBT PE protocol.
  2. Discuss how to determine if clients are ready for formal PTSD treatment.
  3. Understand the structure and procedures of the DBT PE protocol.
  4. See demonstrations of effective examples of implementing the DBT PE protocol.
  5. Learn strategies for addressing common problems that arise during the DBT PE protocol.


Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP

Melanie S. Harned, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington where she is the Research Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. She is the developer of the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol and has received several grants from NIMH to develop and evaluate this approach to treating PTSD in high-risk and multi-diagnostic individuals. She has also received multiple NIH-funded grants to develop and evaluate technology-based methods for disseminating and implementing evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. Since 2005, she has served as Co-Investigator on Dr. Marsha Linehan’s NIH-funded research to evaluate DBT in diverse client populations. She regularly provides training and consultation nationally and internationally in DBT and DBT PE. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.

Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, PsyD

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. Additionally, Dr. Dexter-Mazza is a trainer for Behavioral Tech, LLC, a training company that provides DBT trainings to mental health professionals around the world. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.


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