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DBT Skills: Introduction (SOLD OUT)
Live, Remote, Instructor-led
October 26-29, 2020
Trainer: Randy Wolbert
This live remote instructor-led course consists of eight 90-minute modules delivered online for a total of 12 instructor led
hours. Each module includes reading and homework tasks. Total participant time required for each module is
approximately 2.5 – 3 hours.
Research indicates that DBT skills are a key mechanism of change for suicide attempts, non-suicidal self-injury,
depression, and anger, and multiple randomized control trials have shown DBT skills to be effective for a variety of
problems, including depression, emotion dysregulation, binge eating, and borderline personality disorder.
This introduction to DBT Skills Training introduces Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress
Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn about the function of skills training in
DBT, the structure of a DBT skills training program, the goals and general content of each skills module, and the targets
for DBT skills training. It also provides an overview of the manner in which DBT conceptualizes problems, as well as the
behavior change, validation, and dialectical strategies used across all modes of the treatment. Clinical examples are
used to illustrate specific skills training procedures. Video of roundtable discussions of DBT experts, and demonstrations
of a skills training class are incorporated.
The course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn DBT skills to improve their work with their
clients. Prior knowledge of DBT is not required; however, learning will be enhanced if participants are familiar with Dr.
Marsha Linehan’s 1993 text, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, and the 2015 DBT Skills
Training Manual, Second Edition. Participants should have the latter available during the course.
This course is a precursor to the world of DBT skills training. Those who want to fully implement a DBT skills training
program are invited to follow this course with the DBT Skills Training: Fundamentals, which provides in-depth training in
acquisition, strengthening, and generalization procedures of DBT skills. DBT skills training is one of 4 modes of standard
outpatient DBT. For those who want to implement a full DBT program we recommend completion of the
comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training.
As a result of this training participants will be able to describe the key elements of DBT skills training.
- Utilize evidence on DBT skills training to determine curriculum appropriate for treatment setting and
- Describe the function of DBT skills training.
- Identify the targets for DBT skills training.
- Describe the four DBT skills modules.
- Identify the strategies and procedures required for effective DBT skills training.
- Define the roles of the leader and co-leader in DBT skills training.
- Describe the dialectical nature of DBT skills.
- Describe the dialectical nature of DBT skills training.
- Identify what is valid in actions, cognitions, and emotions of patients.
- Identify what is invalid in actions, cognitions, and emotions of patients.
- Convey to patients what is valid in their actions, cognitions, and emotions.
- Describe key concepts related to increasing desired behaviors and decreasing unwanted behaviors.
- Describe strategies that can be used to pull new behaviors from clients.
- Identify the goals of DBT Mindfulness skills.
- Identify the contents of the DBT Mindfulness skills module.
- Identify the goals of DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.
- Identify the contents of the DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills module.
- Identify the goals of the DBT Emotion Regulation skills.
- Identify the contents of the DBT Emotion Regulation skills module.
- Identify the contents of the goals of DBT Distress Tolerance skills.
- Identify the contents of the DBT Distress Tolerance skill module.
Virtual Meeting Details
Date: October 26th through October 29th, 2020
Time: 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
- Early Bird: $250 – Cut-Off Date September 18th, 2020
- Standard Registration: $275 – Cut-off Date October 9th, 2020
- Last Minute Registration: $300 registrations made on or after October 10th, 2020
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Schedule includes two (2) 90-minute sessions separated by 30 minute break
Randy Wolbert, LMSW, CAADC, CCS
Randy Wolbert, LMSW, CAADC, CCS is a DBT trainer with Behavioral Tech. Randy has been practicing DBT since 1995 and was a contractual trainer with BTECH since 1998 and transitioned to a full time trainer/consultant in 2015. Randy trains and consults widely throughout the United States and Canada, assisting with several large scale public mental health system implementations. Prior to joining Behavioral Tech full-time, Randy served as Clinical Director of InterAct of Michigan for 25 years, and had responsibility for the clinical and administrative oversite of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), DBT, Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment and outpatient substance abuse. While learning and practicing DBT, he began independent mindfulness practice and later became a Zen student of Marsha Linehan. He has attended numerous Zen retreats. He also is engaged in further study of Zen with Greg Mayers, Rōshi, at Mercy Center of San Francisco. Randy has held mindfulness workshops teaching applications for personal and professional practice in University and clinical settings including Chile and Argentina. He has also lead several mindfulness retreats (Zen Sesshins). Randy was recognized by Willigis Jaeger as a Zen teacher in 2016 and was confirmed as a Zen teacher (Sensei) in 2018 by Marsha Linehan. He has been granted permission to take Zen students, give Zen dharma talks, and lead Zen Sesshins. Recently, he authored the chapter, “Modifying behavior therapy to meet the challenge of treating BPD: Incorporating Zen and Mindfulness.” In M. A. Swales (Ed). Oxford Handbook of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
All participants should own and have read the DBT Skills Training Manual: Second Edition and the DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets: Second Edition.
Tuition Costs –
- Early Bird: $250 – Cut-Off Date September 18, 2020
- Standard Registration: $275 – Cut-off Date October 9, 2020
- Last Minute Registration: $300 registrations made on or after October 10, 2020
Cancellation, Substitutions, and Refunds
Registration fees, minus a $50 service charge, will be refunded to participants who send a written cancellation via mail to Behavioral Tech or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org postmarked no less than 15 days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter. A colleague may be substituted for no extra charge if Behavioral Tech, LLC is notified at least two business days before the training. For a complete list of Behavioral Tech policies, including how to address grievances, see policies.
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Continuing Education Credit Information
Behavioral Tech cannot offer partial credit. To receive Continuing Education Credits, participants are required by the CE Boards to
meet all criteria listed below:
1) Attend 100% of the training
2) Complete the Last Day Evaluation survey, and
3) Pass the Post Assessment(s) with a score of 70% or higher
Please remember to login through the Zoom online platform to document your attendance. Continuing Education will be emailed to
you 4-6 weeks after the training.
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