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

July 12 - July 16

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.

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: July 12-16, 2020
Part 2: December 6-10, 2020

Includes morning refreshments, lunch, handouts, and CE credits & certificate.


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.

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 not yet with intensive training 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 the 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 sessions, Part 1 and Part 2, separated by 5 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 five-month interval, Dr Swenson 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.

This is a comprehensive and intensive training.  Over the course of 4-5 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 also participating in an engaged and willing manner.  The instructor will model this fully engaged, fully committed stance in teaching and coaching.

There are two main options for DBT participation

This training is divided into 2 segments, 5 days each. Registrants can join the first segment in-person with Charles Swenson and Kathryn Patrick in Brooklyn. Alternatively, participants can choose to take part from “home” via webinar, watching the workshop on the computer, with opportunities to join in with comments and questions. We do not offer the webinar option for part II.

Part 1: July 12-16, 2020 comprehensively covers:

1) Research, Theory, Principles, Target populations

2) Functions and Modes of Treatment

Goals, Stages, and Targets

Agreements and Assumptions

Treatment Strategies

DBT Behavioral Skills

Suicide Risk Assessment and Management

Consultation Team

DBT Program Implementation Strategies

Interlude Between Parts 1 and 2

a) Multiple choice knowledge exam re: topics in Part 1

b) Multiple assignments to complete, consolidating knowledge of Part 1 topics and putting the treatment into practice
c) Access to online resources developed by Dr. Swenson, including videos of how to teach the skills, videos of role plays of treatment sessions, and assignments to podcasts that provide more in-depth teaching of the DBT skills and principles
d) Telephone consultation with Dr. Swenson re: program development

Part 2: December 6-10, 2020

1) Review of exam from Part 1

2) Multiple assignments to complete consolidating knowledge of part 1 topics and putting the treatment into practice

3) Consultation to participants’ cases, including review of case conceptualization, treatment planning, and challenges in therapy

4) Consultation to participants regarding program implementation and Instructor demonstrations of treatment via role plays and videos

5) Participant practice of treatment via role plays

6) Further didactic and experiential teaching of DBT topics, including application of DBT to adolescents, families, and individuals with addictions

7) Discussion of participants’ questions about DBT and difficulties in implementation

8) Further review of DBT skills and ways to teach them


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


Following completion of intensive workshop:
Opportunity to consult with Dr. Swenson about ongoing program implementation issues, challenges in therapy, and consultation team dilemmas

Cost: $2,850.00 to be paid in full prior to starting. Early bird special (prior to April 1st) $2700. Additional discounts for groups of 3 or more–$300 per registrant. 

This 5-day training is designed for individuals who are members, or who are becoming members, of a DBT consultation team in which there are intensively trained individuals. Registrants can join for this training in-person with Charles Swenson and Kathryn Patrick in Brooklyn. Alternatively, participants can choose to take part from “home” via webinar, watching the workshop on the computer, with opportunities to join in with comments and questions.

Participant attends Part 1, July 12-16, 2020, as described above, and completes all assignments that are given to those in the ten-day workshop, within six months after the training

Participant, while not coming to Part 2, presents the completed assignments to a designated member of the Consultation Team who has been intensively trained.

The designated member of the consultation team communicates to Dr. Swenson that the assignments have been completed

Participant receives signed certificate of completion of Foundational DBT training.

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

Note: Those who participate in the DBT 5-day Comprehensive Training and do not complete the aforementioned assignments can receive a certificate of attendance of a 5-day comprehensive DBT training, but not a certificate of completion of a Foundational Training.

general information

Those who choose to attend Part 1 remotely via live Webinar (Zoom) 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 (with special early bird discounts)

Group rate: Fee for 3 or more team members for full 10-day intensive: $300 reduction per registrant

Location:  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.



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


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