DBT Part IV: Advanced Team and Case Consultation, Specialized Populations, DBT Certification

Dr. Alan Fruzzetti

03/19/2020 - 03/20/2020 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

University of Phoenix, Las Vegas Campus, Room 120
3755 Breakthrough Way
Las Vegas, NV 89135

12 CE credits

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Part IV:  Advanced Team and Case Consultation, Specialized Populations, DBT Certification
Presented by Dr. Alan E. Fruzzetti

2 days (Thurs/Fri)
March 19th & 20th, 2020
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
2 days/ 12 CE Credits
University of Phoenix, Las Vegas Campus, 3755 Breakthrough Way, LV 89135

 (Parts III and IV are only open to those who have attended Parts I and II)

~ Participants will form consultation teams, will be provided with onsite individual and group supervision by Dr. Fruzzetti, in addition to gaining the knowledge and skills needed to conduct DBT in an adhering and effective way. ~

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 eight 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.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of Part IV of this comprehensive training, participants will:

  1. Demonstrate how to develop and run an effective DBT consultation team.
  2. List advanced issues in DBT applications and family interventions.
  3. Demonstrate and practice individual and team skills.
  4. Describe the basic components of adherence in DBT.


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

General Information:

Workshop Location: 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, 2nd floor and above, alongside the Learning Center (west of the front doors). Do NOT park in parking areas around the building nor in the adjacent building parking lots as your car will be towed at owner’s expense.

Handout Materials: Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than the Friday prior to workshop dates. Printed handout materials are available upon request for $10.00. Requests should be submitted by email to our Executive Director, Wendi O’Connor to admin@nvpsychology.org no later than one week prior to workshop date.

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 8/28/2019.

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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