In Doing DBT: An Advanced Intensive Training the instructors will tackle typical problems in the practice of DBT, demonstrating how to address them with a fine-tuned level of detail, similar to having supervision in a group.
While the syllabus will be set in advance, instructors and participants will collaborate every day in shaping the workshop to the needs, interests and clinical experiences of participants. The following topics will be covered. Each will be covered in depth for a half-day:
- Case formulation and treatment planning.
- Pre-Treatment: orienting, determining targets, getting agreement and commitment.
- Behavioral chain analysis: using it expertly for assessment and treatment.
- Mindfulness-based procedures (validation, mindfulness skills) in sessions and team.
- Solutions in sessions: skills training, cognitive modification, and contingency procedures
- Informal and formal use of exposure procedures to treat problems driven by problematic emotional responses
- Dialectical principles and strategies in sessions and teams.
- Using DBT principles and strategies to create and maintain a vibrant and supportive consultation team.
Charles Swenson, M.D. & Kelly Koerner, Ph.D
Charlie Swenson, M.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 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, expected to be out in the fall of 2015. 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.
Kelly Koerner, Ph.D., is Creative Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC, where she combines technology, design, and social enterprise to help clinicians improve clients’ outcomes. She is an expert clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with specialized training in other evidence-based practices. As a trainer, she is known for her warmth and highly engaging, practical teaching style. She is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Her recent book is, Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide.
March 2 – 5, 2015 (Monday – Thursday)
Daily Schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Cost and Registration
- Full Price: $1,500 per person
- Discounted Price for Teams of 3 or more (20%): $1,200 per person
- Student Price (Graduate Students in MH Professions): $1,000 per person
Important: If you are part of a team, make sure to select the Team Ticket option when registering to receive the discount. If you would like to register a group in a single transaction team please contact Pamela Wicinas: email@example.com
Registration closes February 20, 2015 at 5pm.
Location and Lodging
The training takes place at Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, Northampton MA. Click here for directions.
A block of rooms will be made available at the Hotel Northampton. 413-584-3100
The instructors will assume knowledge of DBT, some experience in the practice of the treatment, and will teach at an advanced level.
Recommended reading to prepare for the workshop: Doing DBT: A Practical Guide, by Kelly Koerner.