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

Dr. Alan Fruzzetti

07/16/2020 - 08/29/2020 at 9:00 am - 1:15 pm

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

12 CE credits

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Approved for Nevada Psychologists , LCSWs and MFTs.  NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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

3 days July 16th, July 23rd 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
August 29th 9:00 am – 1:15pm
12 CE Credits
Live Virtual CE training via Zoom webinar

 (Part IV is only open to those who have attended Parts I, II and III)

~ 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.

 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:This workshop will be presented virtually, live streaming through Zoom webinar. Detailed instructions on how to log in will be sent out by email to all attendees with a link to download handout materials.

Handout Materials: A link to download handout materials electronically will be sent out by email to all registered attendees no later than one week prior to workshop date. Printed handout materials are not available as this is a live, virtual workshop.

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).


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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.

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenter.

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