A five-day training for new members of Intensively trained DBT teams
This five-day training is designed specifically for individual or group therapists who are members of an intensively trained team, but who have not completed intensive training themselves. It is not a substitute for Intensive training, but is meant to assist teams that have hired new staff or experienced turnover. This training allows newer team members to get trained up at a five-day training that will cover the standard content of DBT. The training will assume that everyone in attendance works in an active DBT program, participates on a consultation team, and works with a comprehensively trained team. Only people who have attended the full 10 days of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intensive Training™ are able to sponsor team members to a future Foundational Training. This course is content heavy, and is five full days of training. As would DBT clients, participants agree to attend the entire training, to do their best to learn the material, and participate in a willing, committed manner. Lecture, video, role-play and small group exercises will be used to teach DBT theory and strategies in depth.
If you are not a member of an Intensively trained DBT team but wish to get your whole team trained then click here.
Criteria for Eligibility for Foundational training:
Behavioral Tech has specified eligibility criteria for foundational training designed to increase the chances of successful practice. Applicants must demonstrate that:
- They belong to a DBT team that was established within a DBT intensive training
- At least 50% of the team has been intensively trained
- Their DBT team must be actively currently carrying out all four modes of standard DBT (individual DBT, group skills training, telephone consultation, therapist consultation meeting)
- They belong to a DBT programme that provides all 5 functions of treatment (enhance client capabilities and generalisation primarily through DBT skills training, improve client motivation primarily through individual DBT therapy, structure the environment, enhance therapist capabilities and motivation through DBT consultation meeting)
- Their DBT team has the resources to mentor the members going through the foundational
- They have an existing team who will be able to successfully bring any new members onto the team
- There is enough expertise on the team to navigate required program development
- Their DBT team will be able to function well even though those trained in a foundational did not complete the homework tasks between parts 1 and 2 of the intensive
- Participate in a DBT Consultation Team.
- Demonstrate Consultation Team strategies used in DBT.
- List the modes, the functions, and the typical treatment agreements made in DBT.
- Implement the structure, goals, and stages of DBT treatment.
- Teach the four DBT skills modules (Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance).
- Explain the Biosocial Model of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other severe disorders in all required treatment contexts.
- Create DBT treatment plans for clients using targeting procedures.
- Explain the dialectical nature of DBT.
- Demonstrate how dialectics are used in DBT.
- Conduct Cue Exposure and Response Prevention.
- List the steps in Problem-Solving.
- Conduct complete Behavioral Chain Analyses and solution analyses.
- Implement the Cognitive-Behavioral strategies in DBT.
- Identify the levels of validation and the contexts in which they apply.
- Demonstrate the use of validation to balance the change strategies in treatment.
- Demonstrate the different communication strategies of DBT.
- Implement the DBT case management strategies.
- Implement telephone coaching and other generalization strategies of DBT.
- Apply suicide crisis protocols of DBT.
- Discuss the DBT research for different populations.
Participants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a current member of an Intensively trained team, where at least 50% of the team has been intensively trained.
- Be invested in learning DBT to a high standard in order to better implement the treatment in their usual settings. Participants agree to attend and fully participate in the entire training in a willing, committed manner.
- Have learned DBT in one-day or two-day trainings and/or from self-guided study of the treatment manuals.
- Have your DBT team leader or mentor who has completed an Intensive training who can endorse your team's ability to support and mentor your new practice, including meeting with you to support your completion of the required readings and homework. We require an email from your DBT team leader /mentor to confirm this.
- Agree to read the following books before the Foundational Training:
- Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.
- Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual, 2nd Ed. New York: Guilford Press.
- Preparation:Guided self-study of DBT manuals and other required readings and optional online training.
- Instruction:Five days of in-person instructor-led lectures, demonstrations, and small group exercises used to teach DBT theory and strategies in-depth
- Implementation: Three months of working with your mentor to hone your DBT clinical skills and complete comprehensive homework assignments. Homework assignments must to submitted by email to complete the course.
Please complete your application online. There are a number of forms and it will take you upto half an hour to compete. The forms require you to provide the names of the current members of your intensively trained DBT team as well as agreement by one senior DBT colleague to mentor you in your learning. Once you have submitted your application we will review it with respect to the training criteria and let you know when accepted. At that time an invoice will be issued which must be paid before the training commences.
Mike Batcheler is a clinical psychologist who has worked in NZ and UK mental health settings since the mid-1990s after initially working for NZ Department of Corrections in the early 1990s. He was a founding member of New Zealand’s first dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) programme in 1998 and works as a DBT therapist, skills trainer and programme coordinator in an adult DHB DBT programme. He was a research therapist on a NZ DBT trial with self-harming adolescents and their families. He is a founding member of DBTNZ. Mike has considerable experience consulting and training in New Zealand. He has been a trainer for a number of Behavioral Tech licensed events including DBT intensive trainings. He is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™.
Dr Kirsten Davis is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. Kirsten has been involved in development, implementation and coordination of a DBT Programme for young people and their families at the Kari Centre (an outpatient child and adolescent community mental health service in Auckland). Kirsten was a co-investigator in a randomized feasibility trial of DBT for adolescents and their families in New Zealand and has provided DBT training both within mental health services and has been a co-trainer for several Behavioural Tech licensed events. Kirsten provides DBT supervision and consultation to both individuals and DBT consultation teams within both adult and adolescent community mental health services.
Ellerslie Event Centre. Ellerslie Racecourse,
8.30am until 5pm daily. Sign in from 8.00am on the first day.
Sign-in from 8.00am on the first day. Lunch and tea/coffee refreshments provided. Free parking at venue immediately outside the racecourse gates. Participants do not have to pay the Ellerslie parking meters.