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Comprehensive Ten-Day Workshop and Option for a Five-Day Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Charles Swenson, M.D.  
Behavioral Care Center of New Jersey and Metro NY DBT Center bring you this exciting opportunity to become intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
The Comprehensive Ten-Day Workshop in DBT is a ten-day intensive training experience designed for those who have already attended introductory DBT workshops, DBT seminars, and/or have studied the treatment manuals.  It is intended for DBT teams, and individual members of DBT teams, who are invested in implementing and practicing DBT with rigor and with a high level of adherence to the manual.  This is an excellent preparation for those who wish to become certified as DBT therapists.  
The workshop is conducted in two five-day sessions, Part 1 and Part 2, separated by 6 months.  During Part 1 the instructor will teach theory, structuring, and practice of DBT in depth, using lectures, videotapes, role-play demonstrations, and participant exercises and deliberate practices.  During the interval between Parts 1 and 2, participants will complete practice assignments and a multiple-choice exam to consolidate their knowledge bases; to design, begin to implement, or strengthen their DBT programs, to conceptualize cases in DBT terms, and to engage in the use of DBT skills and treatment strategies.  During the six-month interval, Dr. Swenson will be available by telephone or skype to interact with individuals and teams to help with program development, case questions, and assistance with the homework assignment as needed.  During Part 2, teams and individuals will present their work and receive consultation on their programs and cases.  Other agendas at Part 2 include: adaptation of DBT to specific populations and treatment contexts; review, demonstration, and practice of DBT therapeutic strategies; and viewing and discussion of videotaped treatment sessions and in-person role-plays.
The Five-Day Foundational Training is for those individuals who already take part in a DBT program and a DBT consultation team along with licensed professionals who have already completed DBT ten-day intensive training are invited to apply to attend the first five days only, Part 1.  Their tuition will be half of the full ten-day tuition.  Those Foundational participants will be expected to identify an intensively-trained sponsoring member of their DBT team, and to present the completed practice assignments after Part 1 to that individual, including the knowledge exam.  It will be expected that the sponsoring team member will then notify the instructor of the intensive that the assignments have been completed in satisfactory fashion, after which a Foundational certificate will be issued.
Date:  Part 1: September 19 - 23, 2019
           Part 2: April 30 - May 4, 2020
Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day
Place: Hyatt Regency Morristown (3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ)
Fee: Comprehensive Ten-Day Workshop
$2,400.00 for per person for individual registration.  For groups of 5 people or more the cost is $2,200.00 per person for group registration.  Payments Received until 08/22/19 or when capacity is reached.
Fee: Five-Day Foundational Training
$1,300.00 for per person for individual registration.  For groups of 5 people or more the cost is $1,200.00 per person for group registration.  Payments Received until 08/22/19 or when capacity is reached.

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Training Description:
For the Training Objectives and information about  CEs, please click here.
For the Schedule, Please Click Here.
We have arranged for a special rate at the hotel for anyone attending the conference.  The reduced rate will be available through August 19, 2019.  There are only a limited number of rooms.  Please Click Here to access the reduced rate.
Who Should Attend:
The target audience will consist of licensed mental health practitioners in several disciplines: psychology, psychiatry, social work, psychiatric nursing, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marital and family therapists.  Participants will be expected to have attended introductory DBT workshops, DBT seminars, and/or have engaged in self-study of DBT’s manual and published books, book chapters, or articles.  Each participant should be a member of a DBT program or anticipating becoming a member.  As DBT is a team-based treatment, teams are encouraged to attend as an entire team, or to send members who are not yet intensively trained.  Prior to the training, each accepted participant must read the following two books:
  • Linehan, MML (1993).  Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.  New York: Guilford Press.
  • Linehan, MML (2014).  Skills Training Manual for Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  New York: Guilford Press.
Meet the Presenters:
                             Charles (Charlie) Swenson, M.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the                                   University of Massachusetts Medical School.  As Senior Psychiatrist and Area Medical                               Director from 1997 to 2001 and 2010 to 2014, he oversaw the clinical care in Western                                and Central Massachusetts for the Department of Mental Health.  Originally trained                           in psychoanalysis, he undertook training in DBT and CBT beginning in 1987.  He has directed more than 40 ten-day DBT workshops over the past twenty years, teaching several hundred teams, has conducted about a dozen advanced workshops, and has implemented DBT in outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, residential, case management, and crisis settings, with adults and adolescents.  Along with his extensive experience of practice, implementation, supervision, and consultation in DBT, he is considered to be an inspiring teacher who brings DBT to life with clinical examples and demonstrations. His numerous published articles and book chapters include such topics as: implementation of DBT in community mental health settings, implementation of DBT in inpatient settings, comparing and contrasting DBT with transference-focused psychotherapy, comparing and contrasting DBT with mentalization-based treatment, and a commentary on why DBT is so popular.  In 2016, Guilford Press published Dr. Swenson’s book, DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics, which brings his vast experience to bear on the question of how to practice DBT in a way that is adherent to the manual while being flexible and fluid.  During 2018 he has completed two soon-to-be-published chapters: one chapter on applying DBT to milieu treatment settings (Partial Hospital Programs, Day Treatment Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Inpatient Programs), and one chapter on the use of the consultation team in DBT and in the prevention and treatment of therapist burnout.  He treats his own patients—adults, adolescents, and families—in a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, and writes and performs songs about DBT even when they are not requested.
Questions or concerns: If you have any questions or concerns not addressed on the website, please email or or call 212-560-2437.
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