Behavioral Tech, LLC

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

Level 4

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina — co-hosted by Fundación Foro

Date(s): May 10 -13, 2017
Trainer: Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP

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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, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wesleyan University and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Two Brattle Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington.

Dr. Harned currently works as a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and is the Research Director of Dr. Linehan’s clinic. Since 2005, she has been Co-Investigator with Dr. Linehan on her NIMH- and NIDA-funded research as well as Principal Investigator on her own NIMH-funded research focused on the development and evaluation of a protocol to treat PTSD during DBT.

Dr. Harned also currently works as the Director of Research and Development for Behavioral Tech, LLC as well as the Director of Behavioral Tech Research Inc. In these positions she develops and evaluates methods of disseminating and implementing evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. Dr. Harned has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and she regularly lectures and leads trainings both nationally and internationally. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.


To apply, please contact Fundación Foro at