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

Level 4
Waltham, MA
June 3-6, 2020

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.


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.


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.

Additional Faculty & Presenters

Emily Cooney, PhD

(New Zealand) Emily Cooney, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the US, the UK, and New Zealand with children and adults in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, with a particular focus on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is co-director of the DBT and DBT for Substance Use Disorder teams for Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital’s Adult Intensive Outpatient Program.  Emily served as a research therapist on two trials of DBT under Dr Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, and was the principal investigator on two DBT feasibility trials in New Zealand.  One compared DBT with treatment as usual for self-harming adolescents, and the other was a field trial of DBT skills training for men with anger-related problems.  In addition to providing training in DBT via Behavioral Tech and DBTNZ, she also provides DBT adherence coding for the Linehan Board of Certification.  Her research interests include treatment outcome evaluation, adaptations of dialectical behavior therapy, family processes in treatment, and factors affecting therapist burnout and resilience.


In order to attend this training, a participant must:



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Tuition per person
Early Bird Discount – for applications received and tuition paid by February 12, 2020 – $1,495
Standard – for applications received and tuition paid by April 29, 2020 – $1,595
Last Minute Registrations – for applications submitted after April 29, 2020 and tuition paid by May 22, 2020 – $1,695
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Venue Information

Training Location
The Conference Center at Bentley University
LaCava 300
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452

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