10-Day Comprehensive DBT with Dr. Charlie Swenson

Begins April 22-26, 2019


The Ten-Day Comprehensive DBT is an 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 DBT therapists.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a treatment that is delivered to a group of patients by a clinical team. In this training, participants will learn how to build, maintain, strengthen, and function effectively in the context of a DBT Consultation Team. Entire teams, or subgroups of teams, who have not attended intensive training, are encouraged to attend. However, individuals who are in DBT teams, or who anticipate being in DBT teams, are also encouraged to apply.



The workshop is conducted in two five-day sessions (Part 1 and Part 2), with six months in-between.


During Part 1, the instructor will teach theory, structuring, and practice of DBT in depth- using lectures, videotapes, role-play demonstrations, 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
  • Design, begin to implement, or strengthen their DBT programs
  • Conceptualize cases in DBT terms
  • 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 agenda items include:

  • Adaptation of DBT to specific populations and treatment contexts
  • Review, demonstration, and practice of DBT therapeutic strategies
  • Viewing and discussion of videotaped treatment sessions and in-person role-plays


This is a comprehensive and intensive training. Over the course of six months, participants are expected to learn to implement and practice DBT with good fidelity to the model. As such, each participant should ensure that he/she is fully committed to the expectations of the training prior to coming. This includes not only attending the entire training sequence, and paying for the full ten days, but participating in an engaged and willing manner. This will be modeled by the instructor in his engaged and committed teaching and coaching practice.



  • Individual– $2,500
  • Teams of 3 or more– $2,000 per person
  • Students (Graduate Students in MH Professions)- $1,200 per person


Application Deadline

By April 8th, 2019, or until all training spaces are filled.


Continuing Education

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Massachusetts Medical School maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program is being offered for continuing education credits (CE) for psychologists, social workers and licensed mental health counselors.



To Register:



Brochure: 10-Day Comprehensive DBT Brochure- 2019



Smith College Conference Center

51 College Lane

Northampton, MA 01060


For more information, please contact:

Rowen Gray– rgray@cutchins.org

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