The Treatment Implementation Collaborative has planned an ongoing workshop on advanced principles in Dialectical Behavior Therapy beginning in early 2012. This article describes the core workshop offered by TIC.

Treatment Implementation Collaborative

The Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC) is an organization dedicated to offering full service consultation and supervision in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other Evidence Based Practices to mental health systems, agencies, and individuals. Two workshops have been planned for early 2012, one covering core principles in DBT and the other covering advanced topics in conducting DBT to adherence and with competence. Each workshop consists of 13-week, 90-minute online video presentations followed by an instructor-led 2-day training workshop.

Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence: An Advanced Course

Participants will be assumed to know the overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), its evidence base, its biosocial theory, and the initial structuring of the treatment with agreements, assumptions, functions and modes, and stages and targets. The focus of the course will be on how to deepen one’s practical understanding of DBT and to engage it, session by session, with greater compassion, precision, and effectiveness.

Section one will consist of 13 weeks of 1.5 hour online video-based classes, each class preceded by a reading assignment. After starting with a coherent review of DBT’s three foundations and associated three core groups of strategies, the course will proceed to cover the practical aspects of targeting; case conceptualization and treatment planning; behavioral chain analysis for assessment and treatment; application of problem-solving, validation, and dialectical strategies; managing suicidal crises; and using mindfulness practice and consultation team to regulate the therapist and prevent burnout.

Section two will consist of a 2-day, in-person experiential workshop in which the instructor will bring the teachings of the first section alive through his own modeling, followed by behavioral rehearsal by participants with instructor feedback. There will be time for discussions of the advanced practice of DBT.

This course is designed, and the tuition is structured, to support DBT teams, individuals, or groups of individuals with the practice and delivery of DBT. It is expected that all participants will have read Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT manual (Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, Guilford, 1993) and DBT skills manual (Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, Guilford, 1993).

Full tuition covers the 13-weeks of online video-based classes (used by an individual or shared by a group using one computer port) and one individual ticket to the 2-day in-person training. There is no limit to the number of participants you can have in ONE location, using ONE computer port for the weekly online video-based classes. A group can either sit together in front of a computer monitor or in a conference room with an LCD projecting the computer screen for visibility.

The venue for the 2-day in-person training will accommodate 50 participants. Because the weekly video-based classes will be limited to 23 sites (an individual or group), you will have the opportunity to purchase additional “Individual tickets” to attend the 2-day in-person training. Teams are encouraged to send two members or an entire team to the 2-day in-person training. Participation in the 13-weeks of online video-based classes is required. Based on demand, an additional 2-day in-person training may be set up.

Section 1: 13-week Online Video Series (February 29 – May 23, 2012)

In this 13-week series of 90-minute lectures, the practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) will be taught by the instructor with didactics, PowerPoint, clinical examples, and demonstrations where possible. After starting with a coherent review of DBT’s three sets of principles and three respective core groups of strategies, the course will proceed to cover the practical aspects of targeting; case conceptualization and treatment planning; behavioral chain analysis for assessment and treatment; application of problem-solving, validation, and dialectical strategies; managing suicidal crises; and using mindfulness practice and consultation team to regulate therapist emotions and prevent therapist burnout, Readings from Linehan’s manual will be assigned prior to each class so that more experienced participants can review material, while those with less DBT experience can strengthen their grasp of relevant concepts prior to class. The instructor will assume a high level of participant commitment to readings and class participation, which will allow him to focus entirely on advanced clinical applications. At the end of this section, participants will take a quiz to test their knowledge of the topics covered as they ready themselves for the 2-day in-person training section. The online video-based classes will be recorded so missed sessions can be watched after the class occurs.

Section 2: 2-Day In-Person Training (June 28-29, 2012)

This 2-day in-person training, which will be decidedly experiential in nature, will bring the teachings of section one alive through instructor modeling, participant behavioral rehearsal with instructor feedback, and discussion of the practices including reference to participants’ clinical cases. While the agenda will systematically move through demonstrations, practices, and discussions of the various DBT interventions and strategy groups, there will be time to address advanced topics of special interest to participants. In addition to the hands-on training in individual therapy, there will be a chance to address problems in participant’s consultation teams, using experiential practices and consultation team role-plays as indicated.

Extended Training Opportunities

Depending on interest, a number of options for further training, consultation, and supervision can be made available to strengthen therapists, skills trainers, team leaders, consultation teams, and DBT programs. These possibilities can be negotiated by individuals or teams, and could be arranged in concert with other individuals and teams to take advantage of inter-team learning and economies of scale. This could include focused assistance and supervision for therapists and skills trainers readying themselves for DBT Certification processes and exams, and consultation to administrators and team leaders preparing for upcoming DBT Program Accreditation processes. Extended individualized and group training opportunities can be discussed at any point during the training sections, and can be finalized by contacting Helen Best at hbest@ticllc.org.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologist are available through Consolidated Continuing Education and Professional Training (CONCEPT). More information on obtaining CE credit for this workshop here.

More Information

More information about this workshop, including learning objectives and the schedule of videos and events can be found here.