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November 11 - November 13

$1125 - $1200

Presenters: Charles Swenson, M.D. & Kelly Koerner, Ph.D

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November 11-13, 2019 (Monday-Wednesday)

8:30 – 5:00 daily

Venue: Training will take place at the Bay Ridge Manor. 476 76th Street: Brooklyn, New York. (The R train stops at the corner and the D and the N are a short distance away).

Hotel: The Best Western-Gregory Hotel is 1/2 mile away (8315 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York). Please contact us for the code to receive our special group rate.



DBT is an integrative, evidence-based therapy for severe and chronic emotional dysregulation and suicidal behaviors that evolves with new developments regarding the brain, emotional dysregulation, trauma, invalidating environments, and treatment research.  Furthermore, it is a synthesis of several paradigmatic approaches to human behavior, most notably behaviorism, skills training, mindfulness, and dialectics. Therapists learn to practice a manualized approach to severe, chronic behavioral patterns.  Adherence to the model contributes to success, and outcomes are gathered to validate and evolve the treatment.  Once a therapist has learned the standard structures and approaches within DBT, his or her practice can be deepened, broadened, and strengthened by grasping and deliberately practicing the underlying principles of CBT, skills training, mindfulness, and dialectics.  This workshop aims to provide DBT therapists with that opportunity.  Naturally, knowledge of the basics of DBT practice will be assumed; the instructors will not be teaching the basics, and most teaching will be done through demonstration role plays, exercises, deliberate practices, and discussion.  The goal is to tackle typical problems in the practice of DBT, demonstrating how to address them with a fine-tuned level of detail, similar to having supervision in a group. While the syllabus will be set in advance and will be followed in detail, instructors and participants will also tailor the clinical examples, demonstrations, and experiential practices to the needs, interests and clinical experiences of participants. The following topics will be covered.

  • DBT Skills as the Stepping Stones to a Life Worth Living: How to Weave Skills Training into Sessions
  • Relevance of “Process-Based” CBT for DBT: Transdiagnostic Targets and Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Practicing Adherence Coding & Your Take Home Fidelity Plan
  • Treating Therapy-Interfering Behaviors & Observing/Extending Personal Limits
  • Bringing Mindfulness into the Center of DBT Practice
  • Being Dialectal in the Practice of DBT: Principles, Strategies, and the Dialectic Between Reciprocal and Irreverent Communication
  • Consultation by Instructors to Challenging Cases and Scenarios Brought by Participants, Using Role Playing and Discussion ( “Stump the Chumps”)


Tuition: $1200.00 per person. USD.

Includes morning refreshments,  handouts, and CE credits.

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 to Nachasconsulting@gmail.com

Target audience:  Mental Health Professionals


Application Deadline

 November 7, 2019, 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.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $50) until October 1st, 2019. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


 Conference site is an accessible, barrier-free location.  Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments if needed.

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.

Accommodations for the disabled.

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


Charles (Charlie) Swenson, M.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  As Senior Psychiatrist and Area Medical Director for the Western Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1997 to 2001 and 2010 to 2014, he oversaw the clinical care in Western and Central Massachusetts and implemented DBT throughout the system.  Originally trained in psychoanalysis, later trained in and practiced DBT. He has directed more than 40 ten-day DBT workshops over the past twenty years, teaching several hundred teams, has conducted about a dozen advanced workshops, and has implemented DBT in most types of mental health provider contexts.  He is considered to be an inspiring teacher who brings DBT to life with clinical examples and demonstrations. He has published more than 20 articles and book chapters on the uses of DBT in treating borderline personality disorder, and a book with Guilford Press in 2016, DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics..  He is currently involved in multi-year training projects in Italy, Sweden and Brooklyn, New York, and will be training and consulting in Puerto Rico in August, 2019.  He treats his own patients—adults, adolescents, and families—in a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, and writes and performs songs about DBT even when they are not requested.


Kelly Koerner, Ph.D., is CEO and Creative Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC, where she combines technology, design, and social enterprise to help clinicians improve clients’ outcomes. She is an expert clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with specialized training in other evidence-based practices. As a trainer, she is known for her warmth and highly engaging, practical teaching style.    She is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Her recent book is,  Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide (NY: Guilford Press.  2011). She and her team are currently building innovative solutions to help suicidal people and emergency room providers at Jaspr Health www.jasprhealth.com.





Target Audience

The target audience will consist of licensed mental health practitioners in several disciplines: psychology, psychiatry, social work, psychiatric nursing, licensed mental health counselors, school mental health professionals, and licensed marital and family therapists.  Instructors will assume knowledge of DBT, some experience in the practice of the treatment, and will teach at an advanced level.  There will be a heavy focus on individual DBT therapy and on the application of underlying principles and processes that mobilize active ingredients of change.

Recommended reading to prepare for the workshop:

  • Swenson, Charlie: DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance Change, and Dialectics (NY: Guilford Press, 2016)
  • Koerner, Kelly: Doing DBT: A Practical Guide, (NY: Guilford Press)


Click here for the Program Schedule:

Each topic throughout the schedule will be taught by both faculty presenters


Day One (11/11/19)

8:30 – 10:15                Introductions & Orientation to Workshop

Mindfulness Practice

DBT Skills Are the Stepping Stones to a Life Worth living

10:15 – 10:30              Break

10:30 – 12:00              Weaving DBT Skills Training into Every Session

12:00     1:00               Lunch

1:00 – 2:30                  Relevance of “Process-Based” CBT for DBT:

Trans- diagnostic Targets and Evidence-Based Interventions

2:30 – 2:45                  Break

2:45 – 3:45                  Practicing Adherence Coding; Building a Take Home Fidelity Plan

3:45 – 4:00                  Break

4:00 – 5:00                  Role play with adherence coding practice


Day Two (11/12/19)

8:30 – 10:15                Mindfulness Practice

Treating Therapy-Interfering Behaviors & Observing/Extending Personal Limits

10:15 – 10:30              Break

10:30 – 12:00              Treating Therapy-Interfering Behaviors & Observing/Extending  Personal Limits

12:00     1:00               Lunch

1:00 – 2:30                  Practicing Principles of Mindfulness While Practicing DBT

2:30 – 2:45                  Break

2:45 – 3:45                  Practicing Principles of Mindfulness While Practicing DBT

3:45 – 4:00                  Break

4:00 – 5:00                  Role Play and Adherence Coding Practice


Day Three (11/13/19)

8:30 – 10:15                Mindfulness Practice

Being Dialectical in Therapy

10:15 – 10:30              Break

10:30 – 12:00              Being Dialectical in Therapy

12:00–  1:00               Lunch

1:00 – 2:30                  Stump the Chumps: Consultation to Challenging Cases

2:30 – 2:45                  Break

2:45 – 4:30                  Stump the Chumps: Consultation to Challenging Cases

4:30 — 5:00                 Discussion, Q/A, and Closing

Format/Teaching Methods

This workshop will include power point slides and handouts, but the vast majority of the training will be interactional: demonstrating and discussing the effective use of DBT’s principles and strategies in individual therapy, consultation team, and skills groups; then having participants practice with coaching and feedback. Taking the DBT practice of participants “to another level” is accomplished by focused, practical, experiential teaching (role-plays, practice exercises) with lots of feedback and discussion; with use of case examples from the instructors and the participants, and the occasional use of a video from the instructors.

CE Related information:

Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions.


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.


Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:


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


If applicable: Social Workers – New York State


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 Marriage & Family Therapists:


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






Click here for the Learning Objectives:

Demonstrate awareness, practice, and labeling of DBT skills while doing therapy;

Describe skills learned in sessions as “replacement behaviors” for problematic patterns;

Utilize validation, orienting, commitment, and reinforcement procedures to prompt and strengthen the client’s use of skills;

Demonstrate lives skills with stories, metaphors, self-disclosure, and deliberate practices;

Explain the rationale for coding DBT sessions for adherence, and what is measured when sessions are coded;

Apply use of a fidelity measure to code live roleplays.

Prepare a take home fidelity measurement plan to apply to your own and your teammates sessions


Utilize coding and effective consultation on DBT cases through modeling roleplays with instructors.


Describe the transdiagnostic targets most likely to produce good outcomes among people with chronic suicidality;

Describe appropriate evidence-based interventions for 2 transdiagnostic targets;

Prepare a mini-treatment plan for your own DBT client that demonstrates how to apply appropriate interventions to a transdiagnostic process;

Describe and practice practical ways in which mindfulness principles influence your behavior as a therapist, including applications of principles of presence, impermanence, and non-attachment;

Explain the Buddhist concept of Inter-being, explain how it deepens the therapeutic alliance, and demonstrate how it affects your behavior in sessions;

List concrete examples of how the therapist can use mindfulness practices during therapy sessions when frustrated, confused, angry or despairing during sessions

Apply coding and effective consultation on DBT cases through modeling roleplays with instructors.



Explain five dialectical principles and how they are applied in therapy;

Demonstrate how the application of dialectical principles creates more flexibility, movement, and perspective in therapy sessions;

Demonstrate in practice how to use DBT’s dialectical strategies in moments of tension, conflict, and impasse;

Identify and treat dialectical dilemmas as they occur during therapy sessions;

Apply irreverent and reciprocal communication styles in a dialectical manner.

Describe types of therapy-interfering behaviors by the client and by the therapist;

Demonstrate effective ways to identify, assess, and orient the client to therapy-interfering behaviors in real time in sessions;

Demonstrate how to balance acceptance and change in dealing with clients’ therapy-interfering behaviors;

Effectively use DBT’s observing limits and extending limits strategies as part of dealing with therapy-interfering behaviors;




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November 11
November 13
$1125 - $1200


Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, United States