Getting to Adherence in DBT: Essential Strategies, Practical Tips, and Common Pitfalls (Event Application)

Fri, September 15 2017, 8:30 AM - Sun, September 17 2017, 4:30 PM [PST]

Mary Gates Hall, Room 231, Seattle, WA, United States


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There is a $50.00 fee for each applicant. Application fees are non-refundable and are not a credit towards tuition. Applications are due by July 10, 2017 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first. Applicants will be notified about their acceptance no later than July 17, 2017. Tuition payment is $1,200 per person and is sent separately after acceptance notification. Full payment is due no later than 7 business days from the time of notification.

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Event Information

Fri, September 15 2017, 8:30 AM - Sun, September 17 2017, 4:30 PM [PST]

About the Event

Event: Getting to Adherence in DBT: Essential Strategies, Practical Tips, and Commone Pitfalls

Dates: September 15-17, 2017

Trainers: Kathryn Korslund, PhD, ABPP & Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP 

Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, principle-driven treatment that requires clinicians to learn and apply a large number of strategies and protocols.  Some strategies are needed in all sessions, whereas other strategies and protocols are context-dependent. Effective treatment delivery requires the clinician to know which strategies are needed or most effective given the specific characteristics of the situation and the client.  In this workshop, we will review the major therapeutic strategies used in DBT that are taken into account when evaluating the degree to which therapists deliver DBT with adherence to the treatment manual.  Emphasis will be placed on clarifying when and how to apply these strategies to improve adherence and competence during individual and group DBT sessions with adults and adolescents.  Instructors will use lecture, live demonstrations, and extensive video review of individual and group DBT sessions to provide examples of adherent versus non-adherent application of DBT.  Participants will also have multiple opportunities for hands-on practice and feedback throughout the workshop.  This training assumes participants have general and applied knowledge of DBT treatment strategies and will not include a basic review of DBT. This training will be particularly valuable to clinicians planning to pursue certification in DBT, as it will provide information directly relevant to the practice of adherent DBT. 


Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who:

  • Have previously been trained in DBT (ideally the equivalent of a DBT Intensive or Foundational training)
  • Are active members of DBT consultation teams
  • Are currently providing DBT individual therapy and/or DBT group skills training
  • Want to advance their ability to provide DBT at the level of adherence

Learning Objectives

As a result of this training, I will be able to:

  1. Understand the major therapeutic strategies that are required to deliver adherent DBT.
  2. Review common adherence problems that occur in individual and group DBT sessions.
  3. Identify adherent and non-adherent application of key DBT strategies. 
  4. Learn strategies for improving adherence and competence in DBT.

***NOTE: Participants will not receive training in how to code DBT sessions for adherence, nor will they receive copies of the DBT adherence coding measure.


Application Process

Application Fee

There is a $50.00 fee for each applicant.  Application fees are non-refundable and are not a credit towards tuition.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by August 11, 2017 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Application Notification

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 18, 2017.    


Tuition is $1,200 per participant and includes:

  • 3 days of workshop training
  • 17.25 hours of CE/CME credits
  • Copies of the training handouts


Full payment is due within 7 business day of notification of acceptance.  If payment is not received within 7 business days of acceptance, we reserve the right to offer the space to another participant. We accept MasterCard, and Visa, Discover and American Express via PayPal.  (Applicants do not need to register with PayPal in order to pay with credit cards.)  All payments must be in U.S. funds.  

Cancellation, Substitutions, and Refunds

Tuition fees, minus a $50 service charge, will be refunded to participants who send a written cancellation to  or to UW BRTC, 3935 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195 postmarked by August 25, 2017.  No refunds will be made thereafter. A colleague meeting all prerequisites may be substituted for no extra charge if we are notified at least two business days before the training.


Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact us at (or 206-543-2630) at least six weeks prior to the event so we may provide you with appropriate service. 


Continuing Education

Continuing education credits will be provided through Behavioral Tech, LLC as part of the tuition fee. This training meets the requirements for 17.25 hours of continuing education. Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state’s regulatory authority to verify if this course meets your licensing or continuing education requirements. 

Policies and Restrictions

The use of audio or video taping devices is not permitted at any training. We reserve the right to cancel the training or to change the speakers at our sole discretion. 

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About the Organizer

The DBT Experimental Training Group is a sub-unit of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC), a research and clinical training center at the University of Washington that develops and evaluates treatments for difficult-to-treat individuals with severe and complex disorders of pervasive emotion dysregulation. Our aim is to advance the research, dissemination and implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based treatments through the training of graduate students and mental health providers. We continue to seek and cultivate collaborations that enable us to pilot test innovative ideas and teaching/training techniques. Organizer contact info: University of Washington, Department of Psychology, Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics, Box 355915, Seattle, WA 98195, Email:, Phone: (206) 543-2630

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