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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training
Live, Remote, Instructor-led
November 8 – 12, 2021
Trainers Randy Wolbert and Suzanne Decker
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training (Remote Instructor-Led 5-day model)
Level: 3- Comprehensive Training in Standard DBT
Since its initial development in the 1980s DBT has been shown to be effective for an array of problems related to emotion dysregulation. We know severe emotion regulation difficulties result in persons facing multiple problems across many areas of life and that these problems manifest in a variety of ways. The principles of DBT were specifically designed for cases which often present therapists with novel challenges. One of the benefits of a principle-based treatment is that it can be versatile enough to accommodate the specific situations, cultures, and contexts of the persons it serves. DBT has been studied and implemented in multiple countries across the globe.
DBT Foundational training is a comprehensive program of study designed specifically for individual therapists or skills trainers who are members of an intensively trained DBT Consultation Team and have not completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training themselves. It is meant to assist teams who have hired new staff or experienced turnover by allowing newer team members to get trained in the standard content of DBT. It includes 4 hours of content specific to risk assessment, management, and treatment of suicidal behaviors. Lecture, video, demonstration, and practice will be used to teach DBT theory and strategies in depth.
This live remote instructor-led training consists of 5 days of training delivered via video conference embedded in a learning management system (LMS) for a total of 30 instructor-led hours.
Please note that this is a rigorous program (similar to an advanced university course of study) intended to deliver the necessary basic skills to provide a complex treatment to persons with complex problems. A significant amount of dedicated time beyond the scheduled instructional hours is required for successful completion. We estimate that participants should plan for 2 hours of additional time for each hour of scheduled instructional time over the course of the training (approximately 3 – 4 months) to complete the readings, homework tasks, and post-training assessments required for successful completion. The provision of CE/CME requires a pass rate of 70% or higher. Homework assignments and pertinent readings are designed to correspond with each of the training segments. Reading assignments are designed to ensure complete reading of the primary DBT texts. Citations for the readings can be found at the end of this document.
The training requires that participants work in an active DBT program, participate in a consultation team, and will continue learning DBT with a mentor. Only people who have attended an approved team-based comprehensive training in DBT are able to serve as mentors for team members attending Foundational Training.
Primary objective: As a result of this training participants will be able to provide DBT.
- Learning Objectives:
1. Incorporate DBT assumptions about clients into treatment.
2. Balance change and acceptance in providing consultation.
3. Apply DBT principles and strategies during DBT consultation team meetings.
4. Increase the motivation and capability of therapists on your consultation team.
5. Describe how scientific method is used in both treatment development and conducting DBT.
6. Use DBT research data to engage stakeholders in DBT.
7. Adopt and practice a dialectical worldview in treatment and case formulation.
8. Engage clients in treatment by providing dialectical balance between change and acceptance.
9. Accurately describe the content of the skills training module: Core Mindfulness.
10. Convey the rationale for DBT Mindfulness skills.
11. Explain how Core Mindfulness skills are key (core) to all skills taught in DBT.
12. Explain the Biosocial Model of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other severe disorders in all required treatment contexts.
13. Conceptualize the manner in which suicidal behavior is an attempt by patients to solve problems.
14. Incorporate hypotheses to include in DBT case formulation based on dialectical dilemmas experienced by persons with borderline personality disorder (duplicate).
15. Accurately describe the content of the skills training module: Emotion Regulation.
16. Describe the evidence for the use of DBT Emotions Regulation skills.
17. Convey the rationale for DBT Emotion Regulation skills.
18. Describe the functions of comprehensive treatment and the corresponding modes employed in DBT to accomplish these functions.
19. Describe how levels of disorder and stages of treatment guide treatment planning and targeting.
20. Identify client’s life goals that can be used as motivation for engaging in DBT.
21. Structure treatment according to the target hierarchies for each modality (e.g., individual, skills training, phone).
22. Set target hierarchies for clients with multiple problems.
23. Complete DBT pre-treatment tasks (e.g., identify client’s goals, orient to DBT, obtain commitments).
24. Describe the key elements that should be addressed in individual DBT sessions.
25. Structure individual DBT sessions.26. Describe the function of DBT skills training.
27. Define the roles of the leader and co-leader in DBT skills training.
28. Explain how to structure a DBT skills training class.
29. Identify the contents of the DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills module.
30. Describe the evidence for the use of DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.
31. Convey the rationale for DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.
32. Identify the contents of the DBT Distress Tolerance skills module.
33. Describe the evidence for the use of DBT Distress Tolerance skills.
34. Convey the rationale for DBT Distress Tolerance skills.
35. Define problem behaviors specifically and behaviorally.
36. Conduct a chain analysis of an episode of a target behavior.
37. Conduct missing links analyses of needed behaviors that did not occur.
38. Describe the DBT problem-solving strategies (skills training, cognitive modification, exposure, contingency management).
39. Generate and evaluate solutions for specific problematic links from a chain analysis.
40. Describe the use of validation in DBT.
41. Implement the levels of validation in DBT.
42. Engage clients in treatment by providing dialectical balance between change and acceptance.
43. Employ the dialectical strategies in DBT.
44. Implement DBT stylistic strategies (reciprocal and irreverent communication).
45. Assess long-term and acute risk for suicide.
46. Talk with individuals in a manner that facilitates assessment of suicide risk.
47. Describe the steps of the suicide crisis protocol.
48. Apply DBT suicide crisis protocols.
49. Respond to ongoing suicidal behavior during treatment.
50. Coach clients to generalize skills in all relevant contexts.
51. More effectively coach clients with skills specific to their needs.
52. Competently help patients employ difficult-to-use skills.
53. Implement the DBT case management strategies.
54. Identify the application of, and limits to, consultation to the client.
55. Explain the importance of observing personal and professional limits in DBT.
56. Describe the steps for observing limits in DBT.
* When reviewing the schedule, please be aware Thursday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day and is a federal holiday and some organizations may observe this holiday. We will be conducting training on this day.
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Randy Wolbert, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, Zen Rōshi
Randy Wolbert LMSW, CAADC, Zen Rōshi is a DBT trainer with Behavioral Tech. Randy trains and consults widely throughout the World, directing several large-scale system implementations. Prior to joining Behavioral Tech full-time, Randy served as Clinical Director of InterAct of Michigan, responsible for the programs of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), DBT, Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment and outpatient substance abuse. Randy is a long time Zen student of Marsha Linehan Randy was recognized by Willigis Jaeger as a Zen teacher in 2016 and was confirmed as a Zen teacher in 2018 by Marsha Linehan. In 2021 he received transmission as a dharma heir of Zen Master (Rōshi) Greg Mayers. He has lead mindfulness workshops and Zen mindfulness retreats in the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Germany. 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.
Suzanne Decker, PhD
Suzanne Decker, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at VA Connecticut Health Care System and New England Mental Illness Research and Clinical Center, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her doctorate from Western Michigan University, completed predoctoral internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and completed postdoctoral fellowship at VA Connecticut Health Care System and New England Mental Illness Research and Clinical Center. Dr. Decker developed a DBT Skills Group program at VA Connecticut, conducts research on suicidality and skills-based treatments, and is a member of Marsha Linehan’s annual DBT Strategic Planning Meeting.
Participants should meet the following criteria:
- Be a current member of an Intensively trained team, with a mentor who has attended an approved comprehensive DBT Training.
- Be invested in learning DBT to a high standard in order to better implement the treatment in their settings.
- Participants agree to attend and fully participate in the entire training in a willing, committed manner.
- Acknowledge all training requirements.
- Agree to complete all readings before training.
- Agree to complete all homework assigned during the course of the training.
Readings for the DBT Foundational Training
This list includes readings that are required for comprehensive training (Foundational or Intensive) in DBT. Each DBT provider should have a personal copy of the primary texts. Bold text corresponds to the abbeviations for the pertinent readings for each module.
1. Primary texts required for DBT training
- Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Guilford Press.
- Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd ed.). The Guilford Press.
- Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets (2nd ed.). The Guilford Press
2. Additional texts/articles required for comprehensive DBT training
- Sayrs, J. H. R., & Linehan, M. M. (2019). DBT teams: Development and practice. The Guilford Press.
3. Behavior Therapy: At least one
- Farmer, R. F., & Chapman, A. L. (2016). Behavioral interventions in Cognitive Therapy: Practical guidance for putting theory intaction (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.
- Heard, H. L., & Swales, M. A. (2016). Changing behavior in DBT: Problem solving in action. Guilford Press.
- Pryor, K. (2002). Don’t shoot the dog: The new art of teaching and training (Revised edition). Ringpress Books Ltd
- Ramnerö, J., & Törneke, N. (2008). The ABCs of human behavior: Behavioral principles for the practicing clinician. New
- Harbinger Publications.
4. Exposure Procedures: At least one
- Abramowitz, J. S., Deacon, B. J., & Whiteside, S. P. H. (2019). Exposure therapy for anxiety: principles and practice (2nd ed.). The Guilford Press.
- Foa, E. B., Chrestman, K. R., & Gilboa-Schechtman, E. (2008). Prolonged exposure therapy for adolescents with PTSD: Emotional processing of traumatic experiences (Therapist Guide). Oxford University Press.
5. Required for DBT for Adolescents
- Miller, A. L., Rathus, J. H., & Linehan, M. M. (2007). Dialectical behavior therapy with suicidal adolescents. Guilford Publications.
6. Specific chapters required for adaptations of DBT
- Dimeff, L. A., Rizvi, S. L., & Koerner, K. (2021). Dialectical Behavior Therapy in clinical practice: Applications across disorders and settings. The Guilford Press.
7. Supplemental Readings
- Aitken, R. (1982). Taking the path of zen. North Point Press.
- Barlow, D. H. (Ed.). (2007). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders (5th ed.). The Guilford Press.
- Craske, M. G., Treanor, M., Conway, C. C., Zbozinek, T., & Vervliet, B. (2014). Maximizing exposure therapy: An inhibitory learning approach. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 58, 10–23.
- Feil, N., & de Klerk-Rubin, V. (2003). V/F validation: The feil method, how to help disoriented old-old. Edward Feil Productions. ISBN 1-878169-00-9
- Foa, E. B., Hembree, E., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2007). Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD: Emotional processing of traumatic experiences therapist guide (Treatments That Work). Oxford Press.
- Linehan, M. M., & Schmidt, H. (1995). The dialectics of effective treatment of borderline personality disorder. In W. O. O’Donohue & L. Krasner (Eds.), Theories in Behavior Therapy (pp. 553-584). American Psychological Association.
- Linehan, M. M. (1997). Validation and psychotherapy. In A. C. Bohart & L. S. Greenberg (Eds.), Empathy reconsidered: New directions in psychotherapy (p. 353–392). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/10226-016
- Rathus, J. H., & Miller, A.L. (2015). DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents. The Guilford Press.
- Rizvi, S. L. (2019). Chain Analysis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. The Guilford Press.
- Swales, M.A. (Ed.). (2019). The Oxford Handbook of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Oxford University Press.
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- Early Bird Registration Discount: $1,395 – Deadline September 6th, 2021
- Standard Registration: $1,495 – Deadline October 11th, 2021
- Last Minute Registration: $1,595 – Deadline October 12th, 2021
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Cancellations and Substitutions
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.
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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. Only participants with 100% attendance, and who have completed the Post-Event Evaluation and passed their Final Exam with a score of 70% or higher will receive credit. Behavioral Tech cannot offer partial credit. Please remember to sign in and sign out each day to document your attendance. Continuing Education documentation will be emailed to you 2-3 weeks after the homework due date.
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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 = 30.
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Psychologists – New York
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