10-Day Comprehensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Part II

Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

10/30/2019 - 11/01/2019 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Clark County Wetlands Park
7050 E Wetlands Park Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89129

18 CE Credits each

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Part II:  DBT Skills, Skill Training and Skill Coaching
Presented by Dr. Armida Fruzzetti
October 30th, 31st & November 1st, 2019 (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
3-days/ 18 CE Credits
Clark County Wetlands Park Facility, Auditorium
7050 E Wetlands Park Lane, LV 89129

About the Workshop:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive treatment program for individuals with multiple and severe psychosocial disorders. It was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Washington. DBT combines individual therapy and skill training with the areas of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be effective for treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In more recent years, DBT has been found to be effective for a wide variety of patients with diverse symptoms and behaviors, including trauma, intellectual disabilities, eating disorders, substance abuse, and for couples therapy.

Linehan recognized that the chronically suicidal patients she studied had often been raised in profoundly invalidating environments. Her treatment builds on the need for affirmation with the training of more skillful behaviors in the present moment. She also understood the commensurate need for a commitment from patients to (be willing to) accept themselves as they are and to accept the need for change. This dialectic process creates a dynamic that supports and guides individuals to experience more satisfying relationships and build a life worth living.

DBT includes five essential components:
1.) An individual component, which follows a treatment target hierarchy and encourages motivation for change. Self-injurous and suicidal behaviors take first priority, followed by therapy interfering behaviors. Then, there are quality of life issues and finally working towards improving one’s life generally.
2.) Skill training can be integrated into individual therapy or most typically, in a group setting. Group sessions teach the skills unique to DBT, and also provide practice with regulating emotions and behavior in a social context.
3.) Skill generalization, including skills coaching. The individual practices using DBT skills more effectively in all settings, including managing stressors and averting crises.
4.) Family and other adjunctive interventions. Family or supportive others learn how to create a more validating environment, interact more skillfully with the individual, and coach skill use.
5.) Consultation or treatment team. Therapists providing DBT individual or group therapy meet weekly to foster treatment adherence, provide case consultation, and reduce therapist burnout. In treatment team settings, therapists and supportive others participate in these functions together.

About the Course:

The course consists of 10 days of training in four parts, over six months, providing up to 60 CE credits. This comprehensive DBT training will address all 5 components of DBT and help you to develop a DBT program in your work setting. Program development and adaptations will be discussed for diverse populations, including (but not limited to) complex diagnoses, cognitive abilities, developmental level, and social support structure. Parts I and II will cover theory and conceptualization of the model, structure of treatment, skills for individual and group sessions, and how to function as a consultation team. Didactic training as well as demonstration, video of sessions, and supervised practice will be included in each part of the intensive training. Parts III and IV include additional supervision, consultation, and training for the use of the model with parents and families. This comprehensive DBT training will address all 5 components of DBT, and help you to develop a DBT program in your work setting.

Participants should come as a team (ideally 3 or more people) or come as a “single” but have an existing DBT team to work on/return to.


This workshop is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology. Seating is limited, so register early!

 About The Presenters:

Dr. Alan E. Fruzzetti is the program director of the 3East Boys Intensive Program and the director of Family Services for 3East Continuum at McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He has adapted and implemented dialectical behavior therapy for underserved populations, and developed many successful DBT programs for people with borderline personality disorder and other problems with emotion regulation. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes and their interplay with emotion dysregulation.

Dr. Fruzzetti is on the Board of Directors of the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder,  the International Society for DBT, and the Linehan Institute. He has authored more than 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters and has lectured and trained professionals in more than a dozen countries on BPD, DBT and family interventions.  The Nevada Psychological Association named Dr. Fruzzetti “Psychologist of the Year” in 2010. Dr. Fruzzetti’s CV

Armida Rubio Fruzzetti, Ph.D., currently works as the Associate Director of the 3East DBT Adolescent Outpatient Clinic at McLean Hospital. She has trained professionals throughout the United States and in Sweden in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and in DBT with couples, parents and families. She has provided clinical supervision in DBT and has worked in a variety of clinical settings utilizing DBT for adults and adolescents, pre-teens, and couples and families. In addition to her clinical work, she has conducted research on parent-child interactions and the development of emotion dysregulation.

She is bilingual in English/Spanish and has worked within the Hispanic community with a focus on access to mental health care. She has made numerous presentations at national conferences regarding mental health issues in the Hispanic community as well as recruitment/retention issues for Hispanics in higher education. Dr. Fruzzetti’s CV

DBT Part I Course Objectives:

In the first part of this DBT comprehensive training, participants will:  Understand the transactional model for the development of emotional dysregulation and associated psychopathology. Participants will also learn to employ the DBT treatment hierarchy to identify therapy targets, and understand the give models and functions essential in DBT. Participants will develop skills to facilitate client replacing dysfunctional responses with skillful ones as well as practice strategies to increase commitment to treatment and reduce dropouts. By the end of this three-day workshop, participants will understand DBT acceptance/validation strategies as well as understand DBT change/problem solving strategies.

DBT Part II Course Objectives:

In the second part of this DBT comprehensive training, the focus will be on DBT Skills Training and DBT Skills Coaching. This will be essential for those who participate in the other parts of this training, but also relevant and useful to other therapists. There is increasing evidence that DBT skills can be helpful to clients with problems other than borderline personality disorder, and can be included in compatible treatments or even stand alone. In addition, learning DBT skills allows patients comprehensive continuity of care when different care providers are all capable of coaching them in these skills. Thus, this training may be useful to therapists, of course, but also to case managers, people who work in psychiatric emergency centers, staff in residential or day-treatment settings, or others who are in a job that could involve crisis management or skill coaching. The training will be structured so that it can stand alone, providing comprehensive training in DBT skills training and coaching, so prior participation in Part I is not required.

Program Schedules:

Part I: September 11th, 12th & 13th, 2019
Part I (3 Days) click here
Part II: October 30th, 31st & November 1st, 2019
Part II (3 Days) click here

Cost of Workshop

Workshop Fees: Part I or II
~ Early Bird Deadline is 5/20/2019 for registration to Parts I and II  ~

2019 10-Day Comprehensive Training in DBT Brochure  (includes registration form)
Part I: Sept 11th – 13th, Part II: Oct 30th – Nov 1st. 
**Postdoctoral fellows/psych assistants qualify for 15% discount off NPA Member/Non-Member rates. Please contact us at admin@nvpsychology.org to request code.


General Information:

Workshop Location: Parts I and II are being held at the Clark County Wetlands Park Facility, in the auditorium.  Click here to view map. Ample parking is available on-site.

Handout Materials: Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than Friday, March 22nd, 2019. Printed handout materials are available upon request for $15.00. Requests should be submitted by email to our Executive Director, Wendi O’Connor to admin@nvpsychology.org no later than Friday, September 6th, 2019

NPA Group Discount:
Professional alliance of 5-9 registrants, subtract 10%
Professional alliance of 10+ registrants, subtract 20%
Click here for more details on group registrations

Refunds & Grievance Policies: Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. An administrative fee of $30 will be charged for cancellation of registration. Please note, no refunds will be granted after 5/20/2019.

CE Approval: 
This program is sponsored by Nevada Psychological Association. Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. NPA will issue certificates of completion. According to APA’s Standards and Criteria for Approval of Sponsors, only those persons who “complete”, in its entirety, the program being offered may be awarded credit. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes before the completion of the workshop will not receive CE credits (i.e. partial credit will not be given).

Additional Information: NPA will provide accommodations for person with special needs, when notified at the time of registration and at least one week prior to workshop.

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