10-Day Comprehensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Parts I and II

Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

09/11/2019 - 09/13/2019 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


36 CE Credits

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Part I:  Theory, Structure, Targets and Treatment Strategies
Presented by Dr. Alan E. Fruzzetti
September 11th, 12th and 13th,2019 (Wed/Thurs/Fri)

8:30 am – 4:30 pm
3-days/ 18 CE Credits
Wetlands Park Facility, Auditorium
7050 E. Wetlands Park Lane, LV 89129

Part II:  DBT Skills, Skill Training and Skill Coaching
Presented by Dr. Armida Fruzzetti
October 30th, 31st and November 1st, 2019 (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
3-days/ 18 CE Credits
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.


Fruzzetti, A. E. & Payne, L. (in press). Assessment of couples, parents and families in dialectical behavior therapy.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Valentine, S. E. et al. (2015).  The Use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training as Stand-Alone Treatment: A Systematic Review of the Treatment Outcome Literature.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71, 1-20.

Mehlum, L., et al. (2014). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents With Repeated Suicidal and Self-harming Behavior: A Randomized Trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53, 1082-1091.

Neacsiu, A. D. et al. (2014).  Dialectical behavior therapy skills for transdiagnostic emotion dysregulation: A pilot randomized controlled trial.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 59, 40-51.

MacPherson, H. A., Cheavens, J. S., & Fristad, M. A. (2013).  Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents: Theory, Treatment Adaptations, and Empirical Outcomes.  Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 59-80.

Pistorello, J., Fruzzetti, A. E., MacLane, C., Gallop, B., & Iverson, K. (2012). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) applied to college students: A randomized clinical trial.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 982-994.

Linehan, M. M. et al. (2010). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and Drug‐Dependence.  American Journal on Addictions, 8, 279-292.

Neacsiu, A. D., Rizvi, S. L., & Linehan, M. M. (2010).  Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Use as a Mediator and Outcome of Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 832-839. 

Harned, M. S., et al. (2008).  Treating Co-Occurring Axis I Disorders in Recurrently Suicidal Women With Borderline Personality Disorder: A 2-Year Randomized Trial of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Versus Community Treatment by Experts.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 1068-1075. 

Linehan, M. M. et al. (2007).  Two-year randomized controlled trial and follow-up of dialectical behavior therapy vs therapy by experts for suicidal behaviors and borderline personality disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 63, 757-766.


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

 About The Presenter:

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

DBT Part I Course Objectives:

By the end of the first part of this DBT comprehensive training, participants will:

  1. Understand the transactional model for the development of emotional dysregulation and associated psychopathology.
  2. Learn to employ the DBT treatment hierarchy to identify therapy targets
  3. Understand the give modes and functions essential in DBT.
  4. Develop skills to facilitate client replacing dysfunctional responses w/ skillful ones as well as practice strategies to increase commitment to treatment and reduce dropout.
  5. Understand DBT acceptance/validation strategies/ DBT change/problem solving strategies.

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.
By the end of the second part of this DBT comprehensive training, participants will:

  1. Understand and learn to employ DBT Skills Training, skill acquisition, skill strengthening and skill generalization.
  2. Learn to use DBT skills to help clients with problems other than borderline personality disorder.
  3. Learn DBT Skill Training as it relates to mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotion regulation.
  4. DBT Skill Training, interpersonal effectiveness, self-validation and validating others, other skills.
  5. Learn how to use DBT skills to allow patients comprehensive continuity of care.

Program Schedules:

Part I (3 Days) click here
Part II (3 Days) click here

Cost of Workshop

Workshop Fees: Part I and II
~ Early Bird Deadline is 6/20/2019 for registration to Parts I and II  ~

10-Day Comprehensive Training in DBT Brochure  (includes registration form)
Part I: Sept 11th – 13th, Part II: Oct 30th – Nov 1st, Part III:  Jan 16-17th, Part IV: March 19-20th
**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:
Both Parts I and II will be held at Clark County Wetlands Park, in the auditorium, located at 7050 E. Wetlands Park Lane, Las Vegas NV 89129. Ample parking is available on-site.
Parts III and IV will be held at University of Phoenix, Las Vegas campus, located at 3755 Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Ample parking is available in parking structure to the left of the building.

Handout Materials: Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than five days prior to workshop date. 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 seven days prior to workshop date.

NPA Group Discount:
Professional alliance of 5-9 registrants, subtract 10%
Professional alliance of 10+ registrants, subtract 20%
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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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