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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C) Training for Experienced Clinicians

Level 4
Live, Remote, Instructor-led

Part 1: August 1 – 3, 2021 and August 8 -10, 2021 (Sunday through Tuesday sessions)
Part 2: January 30 – February 1, 2022 and February 6 – 8, 2022 (Sunday through Tuesday sessions)

Trainer: Francheska Perepletchikova, PhD  
Presenter: Kimberly Vale, LCSW-R 


Training Description

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C) Training for Experienced Clinicians is a comprehensive course designed for those who have attended the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive™ or Foundational™ training who are interested in the application of DBT with children. This training is intended for clinicians invested in learning DBT-C to a high standard in order to better implement the treatment in their setting. It includes content on child individual counseling, didactics on emotions, parent training component and DBT-C skills. 

Training is conducted in two three-day sessions of instruction divided by six to nine months of home study and monthly consultations via teleconference.  

  • In Part 1, lectures and small group exercises are used to teach DBT-C strategies in depth.  
  • Between Parts 1 and 2 participants consolidate and apply their learning with the help of practice assignments. During this time, teams design and begin implementing their own DBT-C program or integrate DBT-C into an ongoing treatment setting. Monthly 1-hour consultation is provided by DBT-C experts to teams. Consultation is designed to help build or integrate DBT-C into practice settings, improve understanding of the material, and enhance effectiveness of program implementation. 

In Part 2, each team presents their work and receives expert consultation on specific cases. Teams are provided with further practice on application of techniques and identification of strategies. 

As a result of this training participants will be able to provide DBT with children. 

Part 1 – Learning Objectives: 

  • Determine who might benefit from DBT-C. 
  • Convey evidence for model to clients & stakeholders. 
  • Describe how DBT-C was developed from standard DBT. 
  • Describe the biosocial model for severe emotion dysregulation and corresponding behavioral dyscontrol in preadolescent children. 
  • List the treatment hierarchy of DBT-C. 
  • Structure DBT-C to meet the required functions of treatment. 
  • Help parents understand the dialectical dilemmas of parenting. 
  • Help parents learn Behavior Change Model and create a change-ready environment. 
  • Introduce parents to behavior modification techniques. 
  • Help parents implement behavior management plans. 
  • Help parents create a validating environment. 
  • Help parents understand and overcome their difficulties with implementing techniques. 
  • Teach parents and children to engage in problem solving. 
  • Teach parents and children how to do cognitive restructuring. 
  • Conduct behavioral analysis with children. 
  • Conduct exposures with children. 
  • Teach parents and children to understand emotion. 
  • Describe the DBT-C Emotion Change Model. 
  • Teach DBT-C skills training. 
  • Structure the DBT-C program to fit your setting. 

Part 2 – Learning Objectives: 

  • Prepare a DBT-C case formulation. 
  • Practice implementation of procedures.
  • Organize sessions based on the DBT-C target hierarchy. 
  • Define problem behaviors specifically and behaviorally. 
  • Identify the critical variables influencing a problem behavior. 
  • Identify solutions to address the critical variables influencing problem behaviors. 
  • Identify difficulties with parental engagement. 
  • Identify solutions to address issues interfering with effective parenting and implementation of techniques. 
  • Identify DBT-C skills for clients to use for specific problems in specific contexts. 
  • Identify effective parenting strategies to use for specific problems in specific contexts. 
  • Evaluate the use of DBT-C strategies in my own and others’ cases. 
  • Evaluate whether my DBT-C program has the flexibility to address the needs of the families. 
  • Generate solutions to address barriers to implementing DBT in my program. 
  • Identify team problems and use DBT strategies to resolve them.  


Please note that all times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time.

8:30 – 9:00 AM Log-in and Test Set-up
9:00 – 10:15 AM Session 1
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 – 11:45 AM Session 2
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Break
12:00 – 1:15 PM Session 3


Francheska Perepletchikova, PhD

White Plains, NY (United States) Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D. is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Board Certified Clinician is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Perepletchikova received her B.A. degree at St. John's University and graduated with a gold medal for the highest academic average. Dr. Perepletchikova received graduate training in two disciplines -- developmental and clinical psychology. She obtained an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1996 and received Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University Department of Psychology in 2007 (with the James B. Grossman Best Dissertation Prize). During her internship and post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Perepletchikova gained expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She obtained intensive and advanced intensive trainings in DBT with Dr. Linehan. Further, Dr. Perepletchikova has been established as able to deliver DBT with adherence and calibration as a reliable DBT adherence rater by Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington. In 2015, she became a BTech trainer. In 2016 Dr. Perepletchikova became a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Board Certified Clinician. Dr. Perepletchikova has a long-standing interest in emotion regulation, trauma-related psychopathology, depressive and anxiety problems, suicidality and self-harm behaviors. Her research focuses on childhood psychopathology, psychotherapy development, and evaluation of treatment integrity in treatment outcome research. Dr. Perepletchikova developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy for pre-adolescent children with severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation and evaluated its feasibility and efficacy in several randomized clinical trials. This line of research has been funded by the grants from NIMH, NRSA and private foundations. Dr. Perepletchikova authored 25 journal articles and book chapters for the book Treatment Integrity in Treatment Outcome Research (2009). She has conducted over 60 lectures, presentations and workshops around the world. As a clinician, Dr. Perepletchikova maintains her practice at Weil Cornell Medical College, where she is a Founding Director of Youth-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program and a Director of Outpatient Adolescent DBT Program.

Additional Faculty & Presenters

Kimberly Vale, LCSW-R

Kimberly Vale, LCSW-R, is a clinician at New-York Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center and maintains a private practice in Westchester County, New York specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At New-York Presbyterian, Kimberly gained expertise in the adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for pre-adolescent children (DBT-C) with severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation. Kimberly was trained by the program developer Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D. and Kimberly provided direct treatment, supervision and teaching in the outpatient psychiatry department. Kimberly continues to lead a DBT team in the outpatient psychiatry department of New York Presbyterian and provides lectures in schools and the community, and supervises therapists in DBT and parent management interventions.  In 2018, Kimberly became a presenter at Behavioral Tech (BTech) and continues to participate in the DBT-C worldwide dissemination. Kimberly graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from University of Arizona and received her graduate degree with high honors from New York University Silver School of Social Work.


All participants must have completed a Comprehensive Level 3 DBT Training to attend this level 4 training.

Required to be read prior to start of Part 1: 

Additional reading before Part 2 (only one required):

  • Kazdin, A. (2012). Behavior modification in applied settings (7th ed.). Waveland Press, Inc. 
  • Kazdin, A. (2008). Parent Management Training: Treatment for Oppositional, Aggressive, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents (1st ed.). Oxford University Press. 

Study Resources


  • Kazdin, A. (2012). Behavior modification in applied settings (7th ed.). Waveland Press, Inc. 
  • Kazdin, A. (2008). Parent Management Training: Treatment for Oppositional, Aggressive, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents (1st ed.). Oxford University Press. 



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The tuition fee for the DBT for Children Training is $2,550.00 (U.S.) per person.
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