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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™
Part 1: August 19-23, 2019
Part 2: March 2-6, 2020
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.
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.
|General Schedule for Parts 1 & 2:|
|9:30||–||10:15||Morning Session 1|
|10:30||–||12:00||Morning Session 2|
|1:00||–||2:15||Afternoon Session 1|
|2:30||–||3:45||Afternoon Session 2|
|4:00||–||4:50||Closing Session; Assign Homework|
|4:50||–||5:00||Q & A/ 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.
Tony DuBose, PsyD
Seattle, WA Anthony P. DuBose, PsyD, Chief Training Executive, Behavioral Tech, LLC. Dr. DuBose's interest in DBT developed when working with hospitalized youth at high-risk for suicide and self-injurious behaviors. That initial interest, and the outcomes he observed when using DBT, resulted in a career focused on increasing the reach of DBT. Working with Behavioral Tech has provided him the opportunity to engage his passion for providing high quality training in DBT in collaboration with many like-minded people. As the head of training for Behavioral Tech, has led a team of some of the world's foremost experts in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) since 2011. He has served a key role in the development and refinement of several large-scale DBT training models that have been translated into multiple languages. He has trained and consulted with health care providers world-wide regarding the treatment of borderline personality disorder, substance use disorders, and suicidal and self-injurious behaviors in adults and adolescents and has been involved in large-scale systemwide DBT implementation projects in multiple countries and several US states. He is a member of the International Dissemination and the Training Committees of the World Association for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (WDBTA), formed in 2021, and serves on the WDBTA transitional Board of Directors as its Treasurer. He has been licensed as a psychologist in the State of Washington since 1998 and is certified by the DBT - Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC). He lives in Seattle, WA in the United States. Dr. DuBose received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University of Oregon. He completed his predoctoral psychology 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. His interest in suicidal and self-injurious behaviors developed when working with adolescents at high risk for suicide 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. He is a Founding Member, and served as the first President & CEO, of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, PLLC. He held appointments on the clinical faculty in the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Psychology from 1998 - 2012. He collaborated with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, and other researchers on the study of DBT, particularly related to its dissemination and implementation. He served as a member of the strategic planning group that formed the WDBTA.
Additional Faculty & Presenters
Carla Walton, PhD
Sydney (Australia) Carla Walton, PhD is Service Director of the Centre for Psychotherapy, a specialist service for Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders within Hunter New England Mental Health Service in Australia. She has been involved in treatment provision to persons with Borderline Personality Disorder using DBT, in both public and private sectors in Australia for the past 15 years. Carla is the principal investigator on a large-scale randomized clinical trial of DBT and a psychodynamic therapy, the Conversational Model. She is a member of Marsha Linehan’s annual DBT Strategic Planning Meeting at the University of Washington. She has provided training and consultation in Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy throughout public and private sector services throughout Australia. Her main research interests lie in the fields of Borderline Personality Disorder and translational research.
All team members must read the following prior to Part 1:
- Linehan, M.M. (2015). DBT® Skills Training Manual: Second Edition. New York: Guilford Press.
- Linehan, M.M. (2015). DBT® Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets: Second Edition. New York: Guilford Press.
- Linehan, M.M. (1993). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
The DBT Intensive Training is designed to help attendees 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 three to eight people. Individuals and teams of less than three will not be accepted. Each team member is expected to attend the entire ten days of training.
Tuition per person* 3,000 USD per person*
* This training is designed for DBT teams. You must attend with a team of three to eight people. We require a minimum total payment of 12,000 USD per team.
- Team Application — one per team: Download Team Application
- Individual Application — one for each team member: Download Individual Application
Please have one of your team members submit all team and individual applications together to firstname.lastname@example.org. We prefer typed application forms.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 8, 2019.
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.
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. Please submit the tuition payment for your team in one payment (not individually by team member). 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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