The Treatment Implementation Collaborative has planned an ongoing workshop on core 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.

Getting Started in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Core Principles

This Core Principles course is designed to teach the fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), individual skills training, telephone consultation/coaching and consultation team. Topics will include the first four sessions of DBT, the four modules of skills training, principles of behaviorism and validation, and the communication strategies used throughout DBT by all therapists.

This course is open to any individual or team new to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). It is an effective way of training new members to an existing team, beginning a new team, or for private practitioners who want to form or join a DBT consultation team while still working in solo or group practices. 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).

This course is designed, and the tuition is structured, to support both individuals and teams in the practice and delivery of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Individual tuition covers the 13-weeks of online video-based classes and one individual ticket to the 2-day in-person training. Group tuition covers the 13-weeks of online video-based classes (shared by a group using one computer port) and one individual ticket to the 2-day in-person training. With the group tuition, 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 (March 20 – June 12, 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, and demonstrations, with an emphasis on the principles and strategies of the treatment. Readings from Linehan’s manual will be assigned prior to each class. The instructor will assume that the reading has been done, allowing her to focus on clinical applications. At the end of Section One, participants will take a written quiz to test their knowledge of the topics covered, as they ready themselves for the 2-day in-person training. Groups/teams who are taking the course together are encouraged to carry out discussions of each lecture within their teams, bringing the lessons to their own unique circumstances. (Note: a group or team does not need to be a formal DBT consultation team, but rather any group of people taking this course together.)

Section 2: 2-Day In-Person Training (July 19-20, 2012)

After starting with a selected review of homework assigned in Section One, Section Two will continue teaching several of the main topics that can be practiced more efficiently with “live” demonstrations, e.g. suicide protocols and chain analysis. The second day will focus on how to conceptualize cases in DBT, move conceptualization to treatment planning and ultimately to treatment itself and how to effectively use the consultation team.

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

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.