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

July 12 - July 16

  Intensive 10-Day Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training with Dr. Charles Swenson & Kathryn Patrick, LCSW




Dates: Part 1 July 12-16, 2020:      Part 2 December 6-10, 2020

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

There are two main options for DBT participation: intensive and foundational training

 DBT Ten-day Intensive Workshop

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.

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

  • Research, Theory, Principles, Target populations
  • 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

b) Interlude Between Parts 1 and 2

  • Multiple choice knowledge exam re: topics in Part 1
  • Multiple assignments to complete, consolidating knowledge of Part 1 topics and putting the treatment into practice
  • 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
  • Telephone consultation with Dr. Swenson re: program development

c) Part 2: December 6-10, 2020

  • Review of exam from Part 1
  • Review of homework assignments from Part 1
  • Consultation to participants’ cases, including review of case conceptualization, treatment planning, and challenges in therapy
  • Consultation to participants regarding program implementation and
  • Instructor demonstrations of treatment via role plays and videos
  • Participant practice of treatment via role plays
  • Further didactic and experiential teaching of DBT topics, including application of DBT to adolescents, families, and individuals with addictions
  • Discussion of participants’ questions about DBT and difficulties in implementation
  • Further review of DBT skills and ways to teach them

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

e) Following completion of intensive workshop:

  • Opportunity to consult with Dr. Swenson about ongoing program implementation issues, challenges in therapy, and consultation team dilemmas

f) 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. 



 DBT 5 day Foundational Training

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.

a) 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

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

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

d) Participant receives signed certificate of completion of Foundational DBT training.

e) 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.

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: Training will take place in Brooklyn, NY. Exact location to be determined.

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).

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.


About the Training:

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.

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


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/about-the-founder/

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 ).


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

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

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


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


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         

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July 12
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Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, United States