Cultivating Your Expert Mind: Discussions with DBT Experts

In 2019, PracticeGround is hosting senior DBT experts for 6 “fireside chats.”

Drs. Kelly Koerner, Charlie Swenson, Amy Wagner, Melanie Harned, and Kathryn Korslund will join host Kathryn Patrick, LCSW, for conversations about their own leading edge of learning and growing as DBT practitioners. Topics will span from increasing mastery of different stylistic communication strategies, to navigating the difficult terrain when DBT is not working to help a client get better. Join us for inspiring, energizing and interesting conversations meant to help you cultivate your own expertise!

(All events are also recorded for members to view at their convenience during the year)

Date and Time Guest Credit Hours
Thursday, February 21st, 2019
9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST
Kelly Koerner, PhD 1 CE Credit Hour
Thursday, April 4th, 2019
9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST
Charlie Swenson, MD 1 CE Credit Hour
Thursday, May 16th. 2019
9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST
Kathryn Korslund, PhD 1 CE Credit Hour
Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST
Melanie Harned, PhD 1 CE Credit Hour
Thursday, September 12th, 2019
9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST
Amy Wagner, PhD 1 CE Credit Hour
Thursday, October 17th, 2019
9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST
Kelly Koerner, PhD 1 CE Credit Hour

 At the end of this series participants will be able to:

-    Describe DBT principles guiding expert decision-making amid clinical dilemmas.
-    Define effective use of DBT therapist strategies to solve complicated clinical problems.
- List 2 specific clinical take-aways relevant to build and support your own deliberate practice.


The 2019 DBT Discussions webinar series will include 6 LIVE “fireside chat”-style discussions with DBT experts:


Kelly Koerner, PhD: Kelly is CEO & 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.


Charles Swenson, MD: Charlie is a psychiatrist on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, a DBT practitioner, consultant, and trainer, and author of the book DBT Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics (Guilford Press, 2016). He has a long history of adapting and implementing DBT across various clinical settings and was previously the Medical Director for the Western Massachusetts Area of the Department of Mental Health, where he was largely responsible for the implementation of DBT across Massachusetts and parts of New England. He was co-founder of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISITDBT), and in 2015 he was certified as a DBT therapist by the Linehan Institute Board of Certification. Charlie is well known for his engaging teaching style, story-telling, and song-writing, and ultimately the way he embodies DBT as a teacher and consultant.   


Amy Wagner, PhD: Amy obtained her Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Marsha Linehan and has practiced, taught, and supervised DBT for over 20 years.  She also has clinical expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapies for PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy.  Her writing and teaching on applications of DBT to trauma-related problems comes from her extensive experience treating individuals with severe emotion dysregulation and PTSD.  Throughout her career she has also pursued treatment development and evaluation research and is currently examining the effectiveness and acceptability of Behavioral Activation Therapy for the treatment of PTSD and depression among veterans as an alternative to trauma-processing therapies.  She has conducted numerous trainings and workshops on DBT, nationally and internationally.


Kathryn Korslund, PhD: Kathryn received her doctoral degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania at Hahnemann University, and completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Washington Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. After 16 years as the Associate Director of Dr. Linehan’s research lab and training clinic, she is now the Clinical Director of THIRA Health, a DBT-based partial-hospital and intensive outpatient program for adolescent girls and women in Bellevue, WA. Kathryn is the 2017 recipient of the ISITDBT Service Award and the Founding President of the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. She is a Board-certified Behavioral and Cognitive Therapist by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington.


Melanie Harned, PhD: Melanie is a Psychologist and Coordinator of the DBT Program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She has previously worked as the Research Director of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington (2006-2018), Director of Research and Development for Behavioral Tech, LLC (2014-2017), and Director of Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. (2013-2016). Melanie’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of a protocol to treat PTSD during DBT as well as methods of disseminating and implementing this and other evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. She regularly provides training and consultation nationally and internationally in DBT and DBT PE. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and is licensed as a
psychologist in the state of Washington.