Behavioral Tech, LLC

DBT Skills Training Conference

Location: Waltham, MA — co-hosted by McLean Hospital Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute

Date(s): June 8 -10, 2017
Trainers: Tony DuBose, PsyD, Joan Wheelis, MD, Blaise Aguirre, MD, Michael Hollander, PhD, and Alan Fruzzetti, PhD

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Training Description

This new offering is a collaboration of the McLean Hospital Borderline Personality Disorders Training Institute and the Linehan Institute. This three-day workshop features prominent DBT masters with combined clinical, academic, and research expertise. It assumes a fundamental knowledge of DBT skills, and will go beyond the content of skills to gain a more sophisticated understanding of how DBT skills fit in the larger treatment context, the research behind skills, and the nuance of application of skills with specific persons in specific situations. A highlight of each day will be the “Debate of the Day,” a discussion among trainers where they share their knowledge and clinical experience, and express their opinions about DBT skills and related matters.

The workshop will use lecture, extensive demonstration, and discussion among experts to achieve its objectives. This course is designed for mental health professionals with a basic understanding of DBT skills content who want to develop their application of the skills at a higher level. Participants should have read the DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition, and bring a copy of the manual and the DBT Skills Training Manual Handouts and Worksheets (Second Edition) with them to the workshop.

Training Objectives

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
  • Know the evidence for use of specific DBT skills
  • Understand how DBT skills fit in the larger context of DBT
  • Understand the dialectical nature of DBT skills
  • Motivate clients to use DBT skills by linking skills use to the goals of clients
  • Dialectically apply DBT skills
  • Competently help patients employ difficult-to-use skills
  • Know what skills to use in specific situations


Tony DuBose, PsyD

Anthony P. DuBose, PsyD is the Chief Training Executive & Director of CE/CME for Behavioral Tech, LLC, the company founded by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, for the dissemination of evidence-based treatments. He is a Founding Member and serves on the Advisory Board of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, PLLC. Dr. DuBose received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University of Oregon. He completed his predoctoralpsychology internship at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, WA, and his residency requirements for psychology licensure as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical child psychology through the University of Washington's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Before training as a psychologist he completed a Master of Science degree in counseling from Loyola University of New Orleans and worked as a family therapist upon completion of that degree.
Dr. DuBose is licensed as a psychologist by the state of Washington since January 1998. His interest in suicidal and selfinjurious behaviors developed when working with severely suicidal adolescents at the Child Study and Treatment Center, the state psychiatric hospital for children in Washington, where he served as director of the older adolescent program from 1997 to 2001. His experience includes treatment of adults, adolescents, children, families, and inpatient adolescent populations. He is a recognized expert in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the treatment of suicidal and self-injurious behaviors in adults and adolescents, borderline personality disorder, and substance use disorders. He holds appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the University of Washington Department of Psychology. He collaborates with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, and other researchers on the study of DBT, particularly related to its dissemination and implementation. He has a particular interest in implementation of evidence-based treatments in systems and has trained and consulted with providers in the United States, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Europe, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and South America.

Joan Wheelis, MD

Joan Wheelis, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Associate Psychiatrist at Mclean Hospital and on the faculty for the McLean/Massachusetts General Hospital Residency Training Program. She is the director of the outpatient DBT Training Clinic for residents and junior faculty at McLean Hospital and has served for many years as a DBT consultant to the McLean affiliated Gunderson Residence and the Outpatient Borderline Clinic In 1996 she founded Two Brattle Center, an outpatient mental health clinic in Cambridge, specializing in intensive DBT treatment. She began her own formal training in DBT in 1997 and became a DBT Trainer for Behavioral Tech in 2003. She maintains a private practice in Cambridge and is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her particular interests include the treatment of chronic suicidal behavior of patients with borderline psychopathology and the relationship of insight and action in producing therapeutic change.

Blaise Aguirre, MD

Blaise Aguirre, MD, is an expert in child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychopharmacology. He is the founding medical director of McLean 3East, a unique, residential DBT program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and traits of borderline personality disorder (BPD) Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean since 2000 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He lectures regularly in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East on BPD and DBT.

Dr. Aguirre is the author of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent Has BPD and Depression (Biographies of Disease). He is a co-author of Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Helping Your Troubled Teen: Learn to Recognize, Understand, and Address the Destructive Behavior of Today's Teens.

Michael Hollander, PhD

Michael Hollander, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized expert on the etiology and treatment of self-injury, and lectures nationally on the subject. He has been treating adolescents and their families for over 40 years and has held numerous positions of clinical leadership at McLean. He is a co-founder of the McLean’s exceptional 3East Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program, and provides consultation to patients, family and staff. He is a trainer for Behavioral Tech, and travels nationally and internationally training clinicians in DBT.
In addition to Dr. Hollander’s work at 3East, he is a senior supervisor in McLean’s Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) clinic and a supervisor in the Behavioral and Research Training Clinic at the University of Washington. He is on the faculty of the McLean/Massachusetts General child psychiatry fellowship program and was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 1998.

Alan Fruzzetti, PhD

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. is Director of the Boys Residential DBT Program and Director of Training in Family Services for 3East programs at McLean Hospital. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he worked under Dr. Linehan’s direct clinical supervision. Alan has adapted and implemented Dialectical Behavior Therapy for multiple underserved populations and developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, other problems with emotion regulation, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation. Dr. Fruzzetti is on the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the International Society for DBT, and the Linehan Institute. He has authored more than 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, and has lectured and trained professionals and the public in more than twenty countries in BPD, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and/or in family interventions. Alan is the co-creator of the NEA-BPD Family Connections program, for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems. He has received many honors for research and for community service, and is married with four children.


This workshop is hosted by McLean Hospital. Participants can learn more and register for $795 per participant on the McLean Hospital website.