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

Level 4 – Advanced DBT Training & Applications
Seattle, WA
March 18-21, 2019

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 advanced 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, or currently provide DBT individual therapy.


Primary Objective: Implement the DBT PE protocol with clients.


Learning Objectives: 

1.     Identify DBT strategies to use to prepare high-risk and multi-problem clients for the DBT PE protocol.
2.     Determine if clients are ready for formal PTSD treatment.
3.     Describe the rationale for using in vivo and imaginal exposure to treat PTSD.
4.     Implement the core procedures of the DBT PE protocol (i.e., in vivo and imaginal exposure).
5.     Identify strategies for addressing common problems that arise during the DBT PE protocol.

Schedule

General Schedule
8:00 8:30 Registration, Sign-In
8:30 10:00 Morning Session 1
10:00 10:15 Break
10:15 12:00 Morning Session 2
12:00 1:00 Lunch
1:00 2:30 Afternoon Session 1
2:30 2:45 Break
2:45 4:15 Afternoon Session 2
4:15 4:30 Q&A, Completion of Evaluation, 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.

Trainers

Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP

Seattle, WA (United States) Melanie S. Harned, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Psychologist and Coordinator of the DBT Program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Dr. Harned has previously worked as the Research Director of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington (2006-2018), Director of Research and Development for Behavioral Tech, LLC (2014-2017), and Director of Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. (2013-2016). Dr. Harned’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of a protocol to treat PTSD during DBT as well as methods of disseminating and implementing this and other evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. 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.

Sara Schmidt, PhD

Seattle, WA (United States) Sara Schmidt, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington, where she is in private practice, and a DBT-Linehan of Certification, Certified Clinician™. Until 2021, she served as the Associate Director of the Trauma and Suicide Treatment Research Lab at the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research, part of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, where she was a Co-Investigator on NIMH-funded research focused on the evaluation and implementation of DBT and the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for PTSD. As part of this work, she co-developed the DBT Adherence Checklist for Individual Therapy (DBT AC-I), a tool that can be used by DBT therapists to evaluate the degree to which they are delivering DBT in a way that is consistent with the treatment manual, as well as the DBT Program Fidelity Checklist (DBT PFC), which enables programs to evaluate their fidelity to DBT and identify potential areas for improvement. Dr. Schmidt received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, and my MA and PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She com­pleted her pre-doctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services in Hartsdale, NY., and her postdoctoral training with Dr. Melanie Harned at the University of Washington’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC). Following her postdoctoral fellowship, she remained at the BRTC as a Research Scientist, where she directed the graduate training program in DBT. She currently maintains a Clinical Instructor position through the Department of Psychology supervising advanced doctoral students. She also previously worked as a Research Scientist at Behavioral Tech, LLC, where she assisted in developing training content, methods, and customized implementation plans. Dr. Schmidt has experience providing DBT in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice, and residential facilities, and works with both adults and adolescents. She regularly provides professional trainings and consultation in DBT and DBT PE nationally and internationally and has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics.

Prerequisites

In order to attend this training, a participant must:

Attend

Tuition per person
Early Bird Discount – for applications received and tuition paid BEFORE January 1, 2019 – $1,495
Standard – for applications received and tuition paid ON or AFTER January 1, 2019 – $1,595

Application Form
You may pay for the application fee (to indicate your interest) by adding an App Fee ticket to your cart and completing the checkout process. Please note that we will cancel your application fee if we do not receive your application form(s) within 7 days of app-fee payment.

Please send your completed application to support@behavioraltech.org. We prefer typed applications.

>>Download the DBT-PE Intensive Training application<<

Acceptance Notification
We will review applications in the order they are received. Spaces will be offered to qualified applicants on a first-come, first served basis.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than December 21st to receive the early-bird discount.

Tuition Payment Terms
Your tuition payment is due upon receipt of the invoice; if payment is not received, we may release your space to another applicant. Please contact us at 206.675.8588 to discuss any extenuating circumstances affecting your prompt payment. Application fees and tuition are non-refundable.

Prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. We accept credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express), U.S. checks, and bank transfers. All payments must be in U.S. funds; we are unable to accept foreign checks. Please contact Customer Service at 206.675.8588 or at support@behavioraltech.org for more information about ACH or wire transfer payment options.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this training, there are no cancellations or substitutions available. If extenuating circumstances arise that prevent full attendance, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation. We will do our best to provide alternative options for completing training curriculum.

For a complete list of Behavioral Tech policies and limits of liability, see policies.

Seat Availability for Onsite Events
The number of seats for our open-enrollment workshops and our application-based trainings is limited by the physical training space that is reserved for the event. Please complete your registration or submit your application at your earliest convenience, as we will not guarantee a seat for you until we have received your registration or tuition payment.

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.

Technical Requirements

Training Location
Silver Cloud Hotel – Broadway
1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

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.

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.


Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Behavioral Tech is approved by the NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals, Provider #77431. You will receive a letter via email documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity. The allotted contact hours for this activity = 24.5.

Mental Health Counselors
Behavioral Tech is approved by a 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 will email you a letter documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity. The allocated clock hours for this activity = 24.5.

Nurses
Behavioral Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Continuing Medical Education is accepted by the ANCC for nursing certification renewal. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this activity = 24.5.
At the end of the training, each Nurse must complete and sign the provided form to record the number of credits claimed. Keep one copy & return the other copy to Behavioral Tech.

Psychiatrists
Behavioral Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this activity = 24.5.
At the end of the training, each Physician must complete and sign the provided form to record the number of credits claimed. Keep one copy & return the other copy to Behavioral Tech.

Psychologists
Behavioral Tech 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 will email you a letter documenting your attendance after successful completion of the program and homework. The number of hours Behavioral Tech has allocated within APA guidelines = 24.5.

Social Workers- WA
Behavioral Tech will apply to the NASW, Washington State Chapter, Provider Number 1975-166, to offer continuing education for Certified Social Workers. Behavioral Tech will email a certificate of attendance upon 100% completion of this activity. The hours of CE allocated for this activity = 24.5.

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