Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): An Advanced Intensive Training

Dates:  Wednesday March 2, 2016 through Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Pasadena, CA

Location:   Neighborhood Church, 301 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Presenters:  Charlie Swenson, MD and Kelly Koerner, PhD

Presented in collaboration with the Institute for Girls’ Development and the DBT Center of San Gabriel Valley.

In Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): An Advanced Intensive Training the instructors will tackle typical problems in the practice of DBT, demonstrating how to address them with a fine-tuned level of detail, similar to having supervision in a group. While the syllabus will be set in advance and will be followed in detail, instructors and participants will also tailor the clinical examples, demonstrations, and experienctial practices to the needs, interests and clinical experiences of participants. Topics covered are:

– Being dialectical: DBT as a principle-based treatment
– Treating secondary targets
– Behavioral chain analysis and case conceptualization
– Understanding and treating lack of progress
– Mindfulness for the therapist
– Using behavioral change procedures in concert in sessions
– Using DBT to prevent and treat thearpist burnout
– Enhancing team consultation

Level:  This training will be taught at an advanced level and is designed to take the DBT clinician’s current work in therapy to the next level. Basics will not be taught. Therefore, participants should have studied and practiced DBT sufficiently to enter into active participation in discussions, exercises, and practices.

Cost:  Early-bird rate (Sept 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015) :  $1,500 for individuals,  $1250 per person for groups of 4 or more.

Regular rate (November 1, 2015 – February 7, 2016 or until capacity is reached):  $1600 for individuals, $1400 for groups of 4 or more.

An additional $25 will be charged if you would like Continuing Education credit.

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. Instructors will assume knowledge of DBT, some experience in the practice of the treatment, and will teach at an advanced level. Pre-licensed therapists may attend if they have sufficient training and experience to qualify for an advanced DBT training.

Recommended reading to prepare for the workshop: Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide, by Kelly Koerner (NY: Guilford Press, 2012).

CE Credit
Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor  continuing education for psychologists.  Illuminated Education maintains the responsibility for this program and its content.

In addition, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA approval for continuing education activities for its licensees.

If you are licensed outside of California: Because each state’s licensing regulations differ and are subject to change, it is the license holders responsibility to determine if your licensing board accepts APA approval for continuing education activities. For additional information, please go to the Illuminated Education web page at or contact:  Dr. Chris Cooper, proprietor of Illuminated Education at 626.744.9472 or  (Please reference “DBT TRAINING 2017” in subject line).



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. He is considered to be an inspiring teacher who brings DBT to life with clinical examples and demonstrations. Having published numerous articles and book chapters on the uses of DBT in treating borderline personality disorder, he is currently under contract with Guilford Press, writing a book for advanced DBT therapists. 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.

Kelly Koerner, Ph.D., is Creative Director of the Evidence-Based Practice, Institute, LLC, where she combines technology, design and social enterprise to help clinicians improve clients’ outcomes. She is an expert clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with specialized training in other evidence-based practices. As a trainer, she is known for her warmth and highly engaging, practical teaching style. She hosts learning communities and communities of practice at She is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Her recent book is Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide (NY: Guilford Press. 2011).
Additional information can be found on the Institute for Girls’ Development / DBT Center registration page. 

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