Charlie Swenson, M.D.
Internationally known psychiatrist Charlie Swenson brings his 25 years of experience in DBT practice, implementation, supervision, and authorship. Dr. Swenson has conducted, and overseen training of more than 500 DBT programs in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Charlie is a long-time collaborator and friend of Cutchins Programs for Children & Families.
Charles (Charlie) Swenson, M.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As Senior Psychiatrist, he oversees the clinical care in Western and Central Massachusetts for the Department of Mental Health. Originally trained in psychoanalysis, he undertook training in DBT and CBT beginning in 1987.
He has directed more than 35 ten-day DBT workshops over the past twenty years, teaching several hundred teams, has conducted about a dozen advanced workshops, and has implemented DBT in outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, residential, case management, and crisis settings. He is considered to be an inspiring teacher who brings DBT to life with clinical examples and demonstrations.
Having published numerous articles and book chapters on the uses of DBT in treating borderline personality disorder, he is currently under contract with Guilford Press, writing a book for advanced DBT therapists. He treats his own patients—adults, adolescents, and families—in a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, and writes and performs songs about DBT even when they are not requested.
Ten-Day Comprehensive DBT Training with Brad Beach
Part 1: October 26-30, 2015
Part 2: April 4-8, 2016
Four-Day Advanced DBT Training with Dr. Kelly Koerner
March 25-8, 2016
“Kernberg and Linehan: Two Approaches to the Borderline Patient,” Swenson C., Journal of Personality Disorders, Vol. 3(1), March, 1989, pp. 26-35
“The Application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder on Inpatient Units,” Swenson C., Sanderson, C., Dulit R., Linehan, M, Psychiatric Quarterly, 72(4), 2001, pp. 307-324
“How Can We Account for DBT’s Widespread Popularity?” Swenson C., Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 7(1), Spring, 2000, pp. 87-91
“Implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy,” Swenson C., Torrey W., Koerner K., Psychiatric Services, 53(2), February, 2002, pp. 171-178
“Borderline Personality Disorder,” Swenson C., Linehan M., chapter in Adult Psychopathology Case Studies, ed. Weiner IB, John Wiley Publications, 2003
“Dialectical Behavior Therapy on Inpatient Units”, Swenson C., Witterholt S., Bohus M., chapter in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice, ed., Dimeff L., Koerner K., Guilford press, 2007
“Approaches to Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: Demonstrations by Four Master Clinicians,” Hopwood, C.J., Swenson, C.R., Bateman, A., & Yeomans, F.E., Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, Vol. 5, (1), 2014, pp 108-116.
“Mentalization and Dialectical Behavior Therapy,” Journal of Psychotherapy (in press for publication in 2014)
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