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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™
Co-hosted by: Florida Gulf Coast University
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. Independent practitioners can now receive Intensive Training through the DBT Team-Building Intensive training.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
|8:00am – 8:30am||Registration and Sign-in|
|8:30am – 12:00pm||Morning Session|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm – 4:50pm||Afternoon Session|
|4:50pm – 5:00pm||Evaluations and Sign-out|
Day 5 ends at 4:00pm.
The following items must be submitted by April 12, 2013.
- Team Application — one per team, completed by the team leader or contact person.
- Individual Application — please have each individual team member complete an individual application.
$50.00 for each individual team member. Application fees are non-refundable and are not a credit towards the tuition. Applications without application fees will not be considered.
April 12, 2013, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.
- All team members should read both of these books prior to the first day of the Part I session.
- Linehan, M. M. (1993a). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.
- Linehan, M. M. (1993b). Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.
- The Intensive Training Course is designed to provide the training and consultation needed to 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 3-8 people. Individuals and teams of less than three will not be accepted. Each team member is expected to attend the entire 10 days.
Books can be ordered online at the links above or by contacting Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 22, 2013.
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.
Please note that individual applications will not be considered until your team application is received. Please email your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept handwritten applications.
The tuition for the Intensive Training is $2,500.00* (U.S.) per person with a $10,000 team minimum. The rate for teams of six or more is $2,200.00 per person.
*To accommodate smaller teams and maintain fidelity to core training principles, a $10,000 team minimum tuition is required.
Full payment is due within 7 business day of notification of acceptance, May 1, 2013. Tuition payments for each team should be mailed together, not individually. If payment is not received within 7 business days of acceptance, BTECH reserves the right to offer the space to another team. Fees and tuition are non-refundable. We accept checks, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. All payments must be in U.S. funds. We are unable to accept American Express or foreign checks. Please contact Customer Care at 206.675.8588 or at email@example.com for foreign bank transfer information.
Cancellations and Substitutions
Due to the comprehensive nature of this training, there are no cancellations or substitutions available and fees and tuition are non-refundable.
If, for any reason, members of the team cannot attend the Part 2 of this Intensive Training, your team cannot be guaranteed a spot at an alternative Part 2 training. While we make every effort to accommodate a team's request, we rarely have teams drop out of other Part 2 sessions and therefore have no extra spots to offer.
Limits of Liability
Behavioral Tech is not responsible for any presenters' or participants' statements, acts, materials, or omissions. The use of audio or video taping devices is not permitted at any activity. Trainers and content are subject to change without notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control.
Florida Gulf Coast University
Cohen Center, Room 214
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL 33965
10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive
Estero, FL 33928
The hotel has offered a group rate of $99 plus tax per night. Please make your reservation online or call 239.949.4222 and mention you are part of the Behavioral Tech Group. Rates are based on availability and reservations must be made by May 20, 2013.
All accommodations are two-room suites including complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, a two-hour beverage reception nightly, and a complimentary airport shuttle.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, at the University of Washington, is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT has been found especially effective for those with suicidal and other multiply occurring severely dysfunctional behaviors. Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance abuse, anger, and interpersonal difficulties.
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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors: Behavioral Tech, LLC is approved by the NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals, Provider # 359. This activity is approved for 65 contact hours. Behavioral Tech will mail you a letter documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity.
Nurses: Behavioral Tech, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Behavioral Tech designates this educational activity for a maximum of 65 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits . Continuing Medical Education is accepted by the ANCC for nursing certification renewal. Behavioral Tech will mail you a form documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity.
Psychiatrists: Behavioral Tech, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Behavioral Tech designates this educational activity for a maximum of 65 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits . Physicians should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
At the end of the training, each M.D. must sign the provided NCR form. Keep the yellow copy & return the white copy to Behavioral Tech.
Psychologists: Behavioral Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Behavioral Tech maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Behavioral Tech has allocated 65 hours of CE within APA guidelines. Behavioral Tech will mail you a letter documenting your attendance after successful completion of the program.
Social Workers: Behavioral Tech, LLC will apply to have this program approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling for 65 hours of CE. Behavioral Tech will mail a certificate of completion to participants upon 100% completion of the program.
Mental Health Counselors: Behavioral Tech is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Behavioral Tech has allocated 65 clock hours (6.5 CEUs) for this activity and will email you a letter documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity.
Melanie Harned, Ph.D.
Melanie S. Harned, Ph.D., received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wesleyan University and her M.A. and Ph.D. 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, a DBT outpatient clinic in Cambridge, MA, 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. She is also Principal Investigator on an NIMH funded study to develop and evaluate an exposure-based protocol that can be added to DBT to treat co-occurring PTSD in suicidal and self-injuring BPD clients.
From 2009-2012, Dr. Harned also worked as a Research Scientist at Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. and was Principal Investigator on several studies focused on developing effective methods for disseminating exposure-based treatments to community mental health settings. Dr. Harned has published journal articles and book chapters on DBT and the application of exposure-based treatments to complex cases of PTSD and she regularly lectures and leads trainings on these topics. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.
Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D.
Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D., received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas and completed her predoctoral internship and one year of postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center under the direction of Drs. Thomas Lynch and Clive Robins. She completed an additional postdoctoral fellowship in adolescent mental health at Emory University School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. W. Edward Craighead. She joined the faculty at Emory in 2008, where she founded and directed the DBT program for adolescents and young adults at Emory’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP). At Emory, she conducted research on depression and emotion dysregulation and led the research team at CAMP. Dr. Ritschel recently joined the clinical team at 3-C Family Services in Cary, NC, where she is building a DBT program for adolescents and young adults. Clinically, Dr. Ritschel specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and emotion dysregulation in adolescents and adults using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Behavioral Activation (BA).
Dr. Ritschel also serves as a research associate at the Center for Research in Emotional and Social Health (CRESH), where she conducts research on technological innovations for the delivery of empirically supported treatments for youth with mood and social skills difficulties. Dr. Ritschel is interested in treatment outcomes research and in non-suicidal self-injury (e.g., cutting) as an emotion regulation strategy. She firmly believes that research should inform clinical work and vice versa and has focused on narrowing the science-practice gap by working at the interface of empirical science and the delivery of direct clinical services. Her interests lie in both the remediation of psychopathology (e.g., depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation) and in the growth and development of psychological strengths (e.g., hope, mindfulness, resilience). Dr. Ritschel is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine