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Live, Remote, Instructor-led
May 6-10, 2024
New registration process and terms! Please see the Attend section below.
Trainer: Donna Pattie, LICSW, and Casey Anderson, LCPC
Purpose: The DBT Foundational Training is a comprehensive program of study designed specifically for individual therapists or skills trainers who are members of an established DBT Consultation Team and have not completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training themselves.
Content: The course includes the foundational theory, conceptualization, structure, strategies, procedures, and protocols of standard DBT. It assists individual providers with the clinical work of DBT and becoming functioning members of DBT teams.
Length & Schedule: The training consists of 20 modules for a total of 30 instructor-led hours delivered over the course of 5 days of training. Each module includes reading and homework tasks. Total participant time required for each of the modules is approximately 2.5 – 3 hours beyond instructional time.
For Whom: This training is intended for new members of existing DBT teams who are interested in providing DBT with a high level of fidelity to evidence-based models.
Core Training Description
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 that 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 that 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.
The DBT Foundational Training is a comprehensive program of study designed specifically for individual therapists or skills trainers who are members of an established 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.
Primary objective: As a result of this training participants will be able to provide DBT.
May 6-10, 2024
7:00am – 2:30pm Pacific Time / 9:00am-4:30pm Central Time / 10:00am-5:30pm Eastern Time
Sign-In from 6:30am – 7:00am Pacific Time / 8:30am-9:00am Central Time / 9:30am-10:00am Eastern Time
Donna Pattie, MSW, LICSW is the DBT Trainer and Consultant for 15 DBT outpatient teams at Nystrom & Associates, Ltd across the state of MN. Donna is a Linehan Board Certified DBT therapist and DBT Team Lead in New Brighton, MN for a Linehan Board Program Certified Team. Donna supervises team members and interns and has delivered DBT in both the Adult and Adolescent/Family programs since 2011. She was intensively trained by Melanie Harned in DBT PE, and has delivered DBT PE for the last 6 years. She supervises Nystrom clinicians across MN in the delivery of DBT PE monthly. Donna has run DBT standard adult outpatient groups, a DBT Adaptive Skills group for clients with traumatic brain injury/developmental delays and a DBT SUD group for clients with co-occurring substance use disorders. Prior to her work in MN, Donna delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in an outpatient private practice in North Easton, MA and previously was the Team Lead at the Brockton VA Medical Center’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team. She started her work at the VA on the Substance Use Disorder Inpatient Detoxification and Rehabilitation programs. Donna brings over 30 years of experience in the clinical field and has a passion for fidelity to DBT and training both new and experienced clinicians in the field. She received her Master’s degree in clinical social work from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA.
Casey Anderson LCPC, RPT, received his Combined B.S. in Psychology: Clinical Concentration, Sociology, and Anthropology from Towson University and his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Casey has professional experience in various settings including psychiatric/educational placements, partial hospitalization treatment, and outpatient mental health clinics. He is a certified Cognitive Diplomate through the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), nationally credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Casey’s primary clinic foci include treating children, adolescents, and families who exhibit extreme emotion dysregulation, suicidal/parasuicidal behaviors, disruptive problem behaviors, and trauma-related symptoms. He utilizes the following evidence-based treatment models in clinical practice: Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Casey is also trained in a promising practice to address children impacted by sexual abuse who exhibit problematic sexual behaviors: Safety, Mentoring, Advocacy, Recovery, and Treatment (SMART). Mr. Anderson is interested in group psychotherapy for adolescents who experience LGBTQ+ cultural stressors. He has provided trainings about childhood traumatic stress at the local and state levels.
The training requires that participants work in an active DBT program, currently participate in a consultation team, and will continue learning DBT with a mentor. Only people who have attended an approved comprehensive training in DBT (e.g., Intensive or Foundational) may serve as mentors for team members attending Foundational Training. The following specific requirements must be documented in your application:
Preparation & Training Requirements
Please note that DBT Foundational training is a rigorous program (similar to an advanced university course of study) intended to provide the necessary basic skills to provide a complex treatment to persons with complex problems. A significant amount of dedicated time beyond the scheduled instruction time 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 to complete the readings, homework tasks, and post-training assessments required for successful completion. Specific time estimates can be found in the details for the modules contained in the training.
Participants are asked to reserve time and dedicate mindful attention to the training tasks; in essence to engage in the training in the spirit of the DBT mindfulness skill of “one-thing-in-the-moment”. This requires time uninterrupted by mobile phones and regular work duties.
Readings, Homework, and Examination
Reading assignments are designed to ensure complete reading of the primary DBT texts. Participants should read the primary texts prior to the training and complete all additional reading before the homework completion due date. Homework assignments are designed to strengthen the clinical application of DBT and are completed in the months following the week of didactic training. A final knowledge test is required upon completion of the training. The test is conducted online, and participants are provided immediate feedback on their scores. Successful completion for CE/CME requires passing the post-training exam with a score of 75% or higher. The primary purpose of the exam is to solidify learning. Participants are expected to take the final exam as indicated in the Learning Management System.
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 abbreviations for the pertinent readings for each module.
How To Apply
Please set aside time to complete the SurveyMonkey Application. We will review applications in the order they are received. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis. Upon acceptance, tuition is non-refundable.
How Long Will It Take To Apply?
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The Application and Tuition fees are due upon registration for the event. Applicants are required to submit their application for review.
The $50 application fee is non-refundable. Individuals who do not meet the prerequisites will only be refunded their tuition fee. Participants who fail to meet the application deadline will not be accepted into the training and will forfeit a late penalty fee of $100.00
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Pricing & Deadlines
IMPORTANT: Two weeks prior to the training, participants will receive an email from our Online Portal (powered by Thinkific) with a sign-in URL for this training. Please follow the instructions in the email to log in to our Online Portal and set your password, ONE week prior to the training.
Participants will retain access to the online course until 6 months after the last training session date. All course requirements must be completed before course access expires.
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.
Seat Availability for Live-remote Events
The number of seats for our open-enrollment workshops and our application-based trainings is limited by the efficacy of online training for this event. Please complete your registration or submit your application at your earliest convenience, as we will not guarantee a seat for you until we have received your application.
If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 four weeks prior to the training so that we may provide you with appropriate service.
Our Online Portal (powered by Thinkific) will be used to host the live Zoom sessions and share supplemental materials. All Live-Remote Trainings require each participant to have:
This offering meets the requirements for the following hours by discipline. Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state’s regulatory authority to verify if this course meets your licensing or continuing education requirements. Inquiries regarding CE for other disciplines not listed may be directed to Behavioral Tech at (206) 675-8589 or via email to CE@behavioraltech.org. And for general CE questions, you can review answers to continuing education FAQs or contact us.
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 75% 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.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Behavioral Tech is approved by NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals, Provider #77431. You will receive a letter via email documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity. The allotted contact hours for this activity = 30.
Mental Health Counselors
Behavioral Tech is approved by an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
Behavioral Tech will email you a letter documenting your attendance upon the successful completion of the activity. The allocated clock hours for this activity = 30.
Behavioral Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Continuing Medical Education is accepted by the ANCC for nursing certification renewal. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this activity = 30.
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.
Behavioral Tech is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Behavioral Tech maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Behavioral Tech will email you a letter documenting your attendance after the successful completion of the program and homework. The number of hours Behavioral Tech has allocated within APA guidelines = 30.
Psychologists – New York
Behavioral Tech is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists, #PSY-0063. Behavioral Tech will email a certificate of attendance upon 100% completion of this activity. The total contact hour allocated for this activity = 30.
Social Workers- WA
Behavioral Tech will apply to the NASW, Washington State Chapter, Provider Number 1975-166, to offer continuing education for Certified Social Workers. Behavioral Tech will email a certificate of attendance upon 100% completion of this activity. The hours of CE allocated for this activity = 30.
Social Workers – NY
Behavioral Tech is approved by recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, #0040. Behavioral Tech will email a letter documenting attendance to participants with 100% completion of the program and homework. The hours allocated for this activity = 30.
General CE/CME Disclosures and Policies
Conflict of interest definition: A conflict of interest may be considered to exist if a continuing education course faculty is affiliated with, or has any significant financial interest, in any organization(s) that may have a direct interest in the subject matter of the presentation or may be co-sponsoring or offering financial support to the course. Situations involving a potential conflict of interest are not inherently bad or wrong, but in accordance with standards for continuing medical education we would like you to be aware of the affiliation/financial interest of your instructors.
Faculty Disclaimer: When an unlabelled use of a commercial product, or an investigative use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, we shall require the speaker to disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigative.
Notice of requirements for successful completion: For all trainings (both in-person and remote), participants must attend 100% of the training and complete the Final Evaluation to receive a certificate of successful completion. This includes signing in and out each day/session of the event. For remote, Instructor-led online training, participants have to pass the Post Assessment(s) with a score of 75% or higher.
Commercial support or sponsorship: There is no commercial company support for this CME/CE event.
Noncommercial Sponsor Support: There is no noncommercial sponsor support for this CME/CE activity.
Non-Endorsement of Products: The Behavioral Tech approval status refers only to continuing education activities and does not imply that there is real or implied endorsement of any product, service, or company referred to in this activity nor of any company subsidizing costs related to the activity.
Off-Label Product Use: This CME/CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships: Faculty members are required to disclose all conflicts of interest and any relevant financial relationships that may affect the training content. Unless specified on Behavioral Tech’s website or on other printed materials/media, none of the individuals in a position to control the content of this CE/CME activity (including planners, editors, CE/CME Review Committee members, faculty presenters, moderators/facilitators, reviewers, etc.) have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
CE Reprint Policy: For missing/lost CE documentation, an administrative fee of $50 is required for all CE/CME activities after 2017. For CE reprints prior to 2017, please refer to the website or contact email@example.com. Please refer to the CE FAQ webpage: https://behavioraltech.org/resources/faqs/continuing-education/.
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