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Intensive 10-Day Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training with Dr. Charles Swenson

July 14 @ 12:00 am - December 10 @ 11:59 pm

Dr. Swenson and Kathryn Patrick, LCSW will direct and teach this rigorous, engaging ten-day training to cover DBT’s extensive knowledge base, to improve the DBT practice of every therapist and every team, and to offer part of what is necessary to prepare for certification as a DBT therapist.

Charlie is a psychiatrist on faculty of UMass. School of Medicine, author of the book DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics (Guilford Press, 2016), DBT practitioner, consultant, and trainer for 30 years. He has an engaging teaching style—crisp, illustrated with stories, punctuated with DBT songs, and has been  said to embody DBT as he teaches it.  Catch his DBT podcasts at www.charlieswenson.com.

Kathryn is a Linehan Board Certified DBT therapist in private practice in Denver, CO, and a teacher/trainer of DBT in her role as an instructor in the Practice Ground online Learning Community, and as an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She brings energy, humor, and depth in her teaching style to enhance the learning process.

For further information regarding Dr. Swenson, please visit his website at http://charlieswenson.com/
For further information regarding Kathryn Patrick, LCSW, please visit her website at http://balancedtherapycolorado.com/



Part 1: (ONLINE): Tuesdays, July 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th, 11th,  2020.  To accommodate social distancing measures, Part 1 will be entirely ONLINE using a Zoom platform, 1 day/week over a 5-week period. Online sessions will run on Tuesdays, 10 am-6:30 pm Eastern Time so participants from many time zones can join. This will allow for three 30-minute breaks interspersed with the 7-hour teaching days. To 

Part 2: December 6-10, 2020 LIVE in Brooklyn, NY (if public health interests allow) 


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps individuals with complex, chronic, and utterly painful problems, to find their way out of misery and build lives worth living. This Intensive Workshop equips therapists with the knowledge and behavioral skill sets needed to help clients on such a journey! Whether you are already a member or planning to join an established DBT Consultation team, or hoping to establish a new team and program, join instructors Charles Swenson, MD, and Kathryn Patrick, LCSW for this dynamic intensive workshop, and leave well-prepared for the work ahead! 

DBT 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 members of teams who have not yet been intensively trained in DBT are encouraged to attend together. However, individuals, who are in DBT teams, or who anticipate being in DBT teams, are also encouraged to apply. For the purposes of this workshop, these individual practitioners will be placed together in training “teams” for purposes of discussion, practice, and to remain consistent with applying DBT in a team context. 

The workshop is conducted in two five-day session, Part 1 and Part 2, separated by 5 months. During Part 1 the instructors 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 five-month interval, the instructors will 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. At this point, the principles and details of adapting DBT to specific populations and treatment contexts will also be addressed. Part 2 will involve further teaching and demonstration of DBT strategies, with multiple opportunities for participants to practice the treatment with feedback.  





There are two main options for DBT participation

This training is divided into two 5-day segments, with between-session practice assignments to ensure generalization and consolidation of learning.


Part 1 (ONLINE): Tuesdays, July 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th, 11th, 2020

To accommodate social distancing measures, Part 1 will be entirely ONLINE using a Zoom platform, 1 day/week over a 5-week period. Online sessions will run on Tuesdays, 10 am-6:30 pm Eastern Time so participants from many time zones can join. This will allow for three 30-minute breaks interspersed with the 7-hour teaching days.

Part 1 of the workshop will cover topics including research findings, theory, structure, strategies, and skills, to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for practice. Teaching formats will include live instruction with clinical illustrations, demonstrations through role play and video examples, and to enhance the online learning experience faculty will provide pre-recorded teaching videos (15-30 minutes in length) to introduce each major topic for the given training day. The pre-recorded videos, which in total will require 1-2 hours viewing-time during the week leading up to each training day, will be made available seven days prior. This will enable participants to watch them at a convenient time, to take notes, and to even watch them twice if they prefer.  Participants will also be able to send questions about the particular topics by email in advance.


Additionally, to help everyone hit the ground running in learning the DBT skills, an essential ingredient of any DBT intensive or foundational training: after registering, about two weeks prior to day 1, each participant will gain access to videos in which faculty have taught all four modules of skills, approximately 1 ½ hour per module. Participants will be
expected to view these teachings prior to the intensive. Then faculty can dive into finer points of application and teaching in the “live” Zoom setting.  


Part 2: December 6-10, 2020 , LIVE in Brooklyn, NY (if public health interests allow)


Topics will include consultation to build programs and treat cases; teaching of case conceptualization; adaptations of DBT to populations such as teens, families,
substance use disorders, and others; and tons of practice of DBT strategies and skills training.


Participant who has completed all assignments and who has shown consistent attendance receives a certificate of completion of the Ten-day Intensive Training.


Cost: $2,850.00 to be paid in full prior to starting. Early bird special (prior to May 15th) $2700. Additional discounts for groups of 3 or more–$300 per registrant.  

Those who are members of- or hope to join an intensively trained DBT consultation team may elect to attend only Part 1 of this workshop (described above) to receive the foundational training needed to conduct DBT in their practice.  

Cost: $1,450.00 ($1350 early bird) to be paid in full prior to starting


general information

Registrants will need remote access for Part 1 webinar. Specifically, you will need an internet connection as well as a webcam (if you would like to be seen).  Remote participation allows you to watch live via 2-way camera and includes  all handouts, CE credits & certificate, and full technical support (including facilitating live questions).

Fee: As noted above, $2850 for full 10 day training; $1450 for 5-day foundational training or for enrollment in Part II. 

Location for Part II:  Part II will be offered online via ZOOM. There is a possibility that it will also be offered live at Best Western Gregory Hotel (8315 4th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY.

Registration is considered complete when full payment is received.

Payment can be mailed to 1339 East 31st Street Brooklyn, NY 11210 or via Zelle/ChaseQuickpay Nachasconsulting@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy: Prior to June 12th  – payment will be refunded in full (minus $50 registration fee). Cancellation after June 12th will not be refunded.  In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).

If you would like specific details of what will be covered each day of the training, please email us at nachasconsulting@gmail.com

Please note that for certification purposes,  this 10-day training will satisfy the requisite hours.  Certification also includes taking a knowledge exam (based on the training) , submitting a case conceptualization, and submitting session tapes for review. Certification is awarded by the DBT-Linehan board of certification. For further information see their webpage

Continuing Education Credits: The $50 cost is waived for all paid registrants.  Mental health professionals will receive CE credits  awarded via Commonwealth Educational Seminars. It is one CE credit per training hour, totaling approximately 7 CE credits per day.

Application Deadline

  July 10, 2020 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

 Notification of Acceptance

 Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.


 Conference is via webinar.


Grievance Policy

Nachas Consulting seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427. Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Disability Accommodations 

Our training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.


CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit (34 for each 5-days) has been approved  through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:  Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the state of New York.


DAY ONE 10:00-11:10 Welcome, Orientation, Mindfulness Practice (CS) Foundations of DBT • Rationale, Origins & Development of DBT (CS) • Treatment Populations, Targets, & Contexts (KP) 11:10-11:20 Break 11:20-12:30 Research Evidence (CS) 12:30-1:20 Break 1:20-2:30 DBT Paradigms and Bio-Social Theory (KP) 2:30-2:40 Break 2:40-3:50 Participant Questions Structuring the Treatment (CS) • DBT Tree Metaphor • The Ultimate Goal: Building a Life Worth Living 3:50-4:00 Break 4:00-5:00 Structuring the Treatment: Goals, Stages, and Targets of Treatment (KP) 5:00-5:10 Break 5:10-6:20 Core Mindfulness Skills (CS)

DAY TWO 10:00-11:10 Mindfulness Practice (KP) Structuring the Treatment (KP) • Diary Cards • Dialectical Dilemmas and Secondary Targets 11:10-11:20 Break 11:20-12:30 Structuring the Treatment (CS) • Functions and Modes of Treatment • Assumptions about Clients and Therapists • Treatment Agreements 12:30-1:20 Break 1:20-2:30 Treatment Strategies: Problem-Solving (KP) • Problem-Solving Protocol • Behavioral Chain Analysis 2:30-2:40 Break 2:40-3:50 Participant Questions Treatment Strategies: Problem-Solving (KP) • Behavioral Chain Analysis (Continued) (KP and CS: demonstration) 3:50-4:00 Break 4:00-5:00 Treatment Strategies: Problem-Solving (CS) • Insight Strategies • Solution Analysis Strategies • Orienting Strategies 5:00-5:10 Break 5:10-6:20 Distress Tolerance Skills (KP)

DAY THREE 10:00-11:10 Mindfulness Practice (CS) Treatment Strategies: Problem-Solving (CS) • Commitment Strategies 11:10-11:20 Break 11:20-12:30 Commitment Strategies Demonstrations (CS and KP) 12:30-1:20 Break 1:20-2:30 Treatment Strategies: Change Procedures, Contingencies (KP) 2:30-2:40 Break 2:40-3:50 Participant Questions Treatment Strategies: Change Procedures, Exposure (CS) 3:50-4:00 Break 4:00-5:00 Treatment Strategies: Change Procedures, Skills Training and Cognitive Modification (KP) 5:00-5:10 Break 5:10-6:20 Emotion Regulation Skills (CS)

DAY FOUR 10:00-11:10 Mindfulness Practice (KP) Treatment Strategies: Validation (KP) 11:10-11:20 Break 11:20-12:30 Validation Demonstration & Practice (KP and CS) 12:30-1:20 Break 1:20-2:30 Treatment Strategies: Dialectical (CS) 2:30-2:40 Break 2:40-3:50 Participant Questions Dialectical Strategies Demonstration (CS and KP) 3:50-4:00 Break 4:00-5:00 How to Teach DBT Group Skills Training (CS) 5:00-5:10 Break 5:10-6:20 Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills (KP)

DAY FIVE 10:00-11:10 Mindfulness Practice (CS) Suicide Crisis Protocol (CS) 11:10-11:20 Break 11:20-12:30 Suicide Crisis Protocol Demonstration (CS and KP) 12:30-1:20 Break 1:20-2:30 DBT Consultation Team (KP) 2:30-2:40 Break 2:40-3:50 Participant Questions DBT Consultation Team Demonstration (KP and CS) 3:50-4:00 Break 4:00-5:00 How to Conceptualize a Case in DBT (CS and KP) 5:00-5:10 Break 5:10-6:20 Question/Answer Practice Assignments Closing

Learning Objectives:

By the completion of this training participants will have:

  1. List the clinical populations that are targeted in DBT;
  2. Explain the research findings supporting DBT as an evidence-based treatment for disorders of emotional dys-regulation;
  3. Describe the three paradigms of DBT—behaviorism, Zen/mindfulness, and dialectics—and the principles associated with each;
  4. Explain how the DBT therapist reframes the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder as five categories of problematic behaviors;
  5. Identify the way in which DBT’s bio-social theory accounts for the causation and maintenance of problematic borderline behavioral patterns;



We have copied below some of the feedback shared by participants of our first three DBT trainings (2017 , 2018, & 2019 ).

Dr. Swenson balances humility, empathy, passion, and a deep of DBT principles, which have proven to be a successful combination. His Intensive DBT workshop provided an opportunity for both novice and seasoned professionals to re-examine their own conceptualization of clinical information and to engage in the use of DBT skills and treatment strategies more consistently and effectively. Dr Swenson possess a unique ability to present complicated clinical information in an engaging and relevant manner through the inclusion of numerous clinical vignettes and examples and with his masterful teaching style. His background in psychoanalysis further lends a richness to the presentation and demonstrates the possibility of creativity with the conceptualization and treatment while maintaining strict adherence to the core DBT principles.
Shoshana Friedman, Psy.D.                                                                                                    Private Practice: Clifton, NJ  

Aside from being an amazing presenter, Dr. Swenson is an excellent role model for teaching DBT by example as manifested by his ambience and warmth. A true overload of many blended interventions packaged together leaving the group eager for more. Dr. Swenson’ s smooth delivery of such complex intervention was a shining example of everything one can speculate for professional development par excellence. Definitely an iconic experience!
Naftali (Thomas) Gross,
Ph.D Candidate Clinical Psychology

Charlie’s training was excellent. He explains DBT in an easy to digest manner. It was the perfect addition to my previous DBT knowledge and I feel well prepared to use DBT in my therapy practice.”
Madison Shepard
Memphis, TN

Participating in this training was “educational, enjoyable, inspiring, fun yes I said fun!!” Dr Swenson taught me a better understanding how to recognize our personal limits as clinicians, and creating a much needed space for that. He embodies the meaning of compassion and is super creative when joining with clients.
Thank You,
Devorah Goldman, LCSW
Psychotherapist, Private Practice,
Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Swenson is an amazing presenter.  He is kind, compassionate, interesting, engaging, has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and he has a real passion for the work that he does.

Paul Kaplan, LCSW

Dr. Swenson —

 Thank you SO MUCH for another awesome 5 days of DBT! After wrapping up yesterday, I felt so excited and “ready” to get back to work and start implementing some of the techniques and skills we practiced. I thoroughly enjoyed Part 1, but Part 2 this week has really been great. Through the role plays, presentations and review of the materials it felt like the concepts and the “essence” of the skills came together for me in ways it had not during Part 1. I’m leaving these last 5 days: 1. feeling more confident in my abilities (vs. feeling intimidated and maybe slightly terrified in July), 2. with a greater interest in further, more advanced DBT trainings, and 3. with an overall better understanding of the treatment and ways in which I revise what I’m doing to be more effective with my own patients. These are great feelings! Thank you so much for all your knowledge this week — you’re great at teaching this stuff. I found this to be interesting, engaging, worthwhile, applicable, all the things I had hoped.

Thanks again for an awesome 10 days! Would love to return for a 2 or 3 day continuing intensive… I’d definitely be there if offered.

Kaitlyn E. Murphy, LMHC

This class was incredibly beneficial to my practice. I learned a gamut of skills that will help not only borderline clients but all. Not only that, it was FUN! Everyone was bonded by the end. Swenson is so funny, smart, and open, all qualities I hope to emulate with my clients and in life.
Michele Koury MHC -LP

Dr. Swenson is extremely knowledgeable, engaging and a master of DBT. The material really came alive through his presentation. I have already been incorporating DBT in my work with my clients and seeing very positive results. I am looking forward to Part II!
Michal Goldberg,   Ph.D. 
Teaneck, NJ

The DBT workshop with Dr. Swenson was nothing short of suberb. Was informative, professional yet a warm and friendly environment for learning. After 18 years and dozens of workshop this was by far on the top of the list of excellent.
Annette Nadboy, LCSW-R
Director of Counseling
Yeshiva Darchei Torah


July 14 @ 12:00 am
December 10 @ 11:59 pm


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