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Skills Training in DBT: The Essentials

Level 2
Napa, CA — co-hosted by Napa County Behavioral Health
October 2-3, 2017
Trainer: Blaise Aguirre, MD

Training Description

This two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn how to plan, structure, and conduct DBT skills classes. This workshop also addresses the targets for skills training, as well as how to apply fundamental DBT strategies in skills training. Extensive teaching and use of clinical examples are used to illustrate specific skills training procedures, assignment and review of homework with clients, and troubleshooting common skills training obstacles. This course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn to teach DBT skills or to improve their teaching with clients. This training will include the original DBT skills as developed by Dr. Linehan, and will incorporate material from her recently published DBT® Skills Training Manual, Second Edition.

Training Objectives

  • Understand the dialectic nature of DBT skills training
  • Identify the Strategies & Procedures required for effective teaching of DBT skills
  • Be able to utilize recent updates to DBT Skills training
  • Be familiar with DBT Skills Modules
  • Know how to structure DBT skills training for specific populations and settings
  • Effectively review DBT skills training homework


Day 1
7:45 – 8:30 Registration and CE/CME Sign-In
8:30 – 10:00 DBT as Dialectics
DBT Skills Delivery
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Structure of DBT Skills Training
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15 – 2:45 Updates to Original Skills
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:15 Core Mindfulness Skills
4:15 – 4:30 Homework Assignment, Q & A, Completion of Evaluation, and CE/CME Sign-Out

Day 2
7:45 – 8:30 CE/CME Sign-In
8:30 – 10:00 Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Emotion Regulation Skills
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15 – 2:45 Distress Tolerance Skills
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:15 Tips for Teaching
Homework Review
4:15 – 4:30 Q & A, Completion of Evaluation, and CE/CME Sign-Out
CE NOTE: Behavioral Tech calculates the continuing education credits for this training by the start time and end time. 100 percent attendance is required, as is signing IN and OUT each morning and afternoon, to receive CE credits. Partial credits cannot be issued.


Blaise Aguirre, MD

Belmont, MA (United States) 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

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Special Accommodations
If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 four weeks prior to the training so that we may provide you with appropriate service.

Venue Information

Co-hosted by Napa County Behavioral Health

Training Location
*Location updated 8/11/2017*

Yountville Community Center
6516 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94559

Continuing Education

This offering meets the requirements for the following hours by discipline. Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state’s regulatory authority to verify if this course meets your licensing or continuing education requirements. Inquiries regarding CE for other disciplines not listed may be directed to Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8589 or via email to CE@behavioraltech.org. And for general CE questions, you can review answers to continuing education FAQs or contact us.

CE NOTE: Behavioral Tech calculates the continuing education credits for this training by the start time and end time. 100 percent attendance is required, as is signing IN and OUT each morning and afternoon, to receive CE credits. Partial credits cannot be issued.

Approval Statements

CE Statements Forthcoming: CE Statements for this training will be posted shortly. If you have a question about CE for this training, please contact us at CE@behavioraltech.org.