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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training
Live, Remote Instructor-Led with possible in-person training in Montreal, QC for Part 2 (venue TBD) pending COVID-19 restrictions
Part 1: April 19-23, 2021
Part 2: October 18-22, 2021
Please visit https://www.tcdquebec.ca/formation-intensive-en-tcd register for this event.
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: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST with Sign-in beginning at 8:00 AM.
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.
Additional Faculty & Presenters
Hélène Poitras is an occupational therapist and psychotherapist. She has been a clinician for more than 30 years at the outpatient psychiatric clinic at the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal. Her main focus is on clients with borderline personality disorder. She has been practicing DBT since 2005 and has completed numerous DBT trainings since 2007. The development of her DBT expertise has been refined with Marsha M. Linehan, founder of this therapy, and other DBT expert trainers in the United States. She is currently a "trainer-in-training" for Behavioral Tech. Ms. Poitras regularly offers lectures, conferences and trainings in DBT. She is a consultant and supervisor for many teams, therapists and students in Quebec. Moreover, she participated as a member-expert and trainer in research projects in DBT in Quebec. Ms. Poitras founded TCD Québec to support the development of DBT particularly in the French-speaking world by offering training, supervision, consultations and mentoring to teams and therapists.
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.
Live, Remote Instructor-Led, with possible in-person training in Montreal, QC, (venue TBD) pending COVID-19 restrictions
Behavioral Tech is not authorized to provide Continuing Education Credits outside of the United States. Behavioral Tech will provide Letters of Completion only.
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