Course Description

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As a typical DBT therapist, you have attended workshops, studied, and done your best to learn the theory, guiding principles, and therapist strategies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Yet, at one time or another, you've probably left a session asking yourself, "Was that really DBT?" Very few of us have been taught how to recognize and evaluate the quality of how we use DBT's strategies.

If the role-out of the Linehan Board certification process has you thinking about DBT adherence or if you are simply the type of therapist who wants confidence that comes from evaluating if you, team mates, and trainees are "doing DBT true to the model," what better time than now to learn the knowledge and skills of rating therapy session recordings?

We will use the DBT Therapist Rating Form developed by Alan Fruzzetti, PhD to train your eyes and ears to recognize effective DBT in action by throwing yourself into intensive practice. The course includes 6 live webinar sessions, supplemented with short instructional content via emails with video clips and examples to help you sharpen your observation skills to notice strategies as they occur, as well as intensive practice assignments in which you will use your own session recordings to master coding of DBT strategies. Two optional online practice sessions will allow you to practice coding with expert guidance as the instructors review a session recording in real-time.

Participants are strongly encouraged to join this course with members of their consultation team and close colleagues, with whom you can exchange your own session tapes for the practice assignments. This will allow you to review sessions that are not your own. You will be asked to review a minimum of 1 full-length DBT session every two weeks, using a specific format for review to be provided during the kick-off session. 

Dates and Times

Sessions will be held from 8-9 am pacific/11am-12pm eastern, unless otherwise indicated. The 6 webinar sessions will be recorded and available to participants for ongoing viewing during the course. Makeup exams will also be provided for those who wish to earn credit, but are unable to attend live.

April 14th - Session 1: Kick Off and Orientation: getting yourself ready to review tapes (1 CE credit)

April 21st - Session 2: Observing and Describing DBT Strategies in-action (1 CE credit)

June 2nd - Session 3: Evaluating effectiveness of therapist behaviors and looking for what's missing in the session (1 CE credit)

June 30th - Session 4: Consolidating Your Skills plus Q&A (1 CE credit)

July 28th - Session 5: Follow Up Session #1 (1 CE credit)

August 25th - Session 6: Follow Up Session #2 (1 CE credit)

Optional Practice Sessions*

May 12th - Practice Session 1 *LIVE session review (8-9:30 am pacific/11am-12:30pm Eastern)

June 9th - Practice Sessions 2 *LIVE session review (10-11:30 am pacific/1-2:30 pm Eastern)

* Due to the confidential nature of coding therapy sessions, practice sessions will not be recorded. CE credit is available only for those who attend these practice session(s) live.


Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio to join the live sessions.


Kathryn Patrick, LCSW, has extensive and expert training in DBT, with 10 years in the field. She has had direct clinical supervision from DBT expert, Dr. Linda Dimeff, and has been a trainer/consultant/supervisor for 5 years. In addition to her private clinical practice in Denver, CO, Kathryn currently serves as a clinical supervisor for graduate students at treatment developer Dr. Marsha Linehan's lab at the University of Washington, and also assists DBT expert Dr. Kelly Koerner with online continuing education courses through the Evidence-Based Practice Institute.

Jesse Homan, LPC is the training supervisor at Portland DBT Institute. He has received supervision as both a clinician and trainer from Linda Dimeff, PhD. Jesse has worked as a DBT trainer for the past five years. He currently is working with Office of Child and Family Services in NY State to help implement DBT in the juvenile justice system. In addition to his clinical and supervision work at Portland DBT he has been trained as a DBT adherence coder by Kathryn Korslund, PhD, ABPP. He has worked as a DBT adherence coder on multiple DBT research trials. Jesse is currently completing his PhD in Social Work at Portland State University. He is focused on implementation research.

CE Credit:

The Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  EBPI has allocated 6 CE Credits within APA guidelines for the course, plus up to an optional 3 CE credits for attending the practice sessions.  After attending the webinar and completing a course evaluation form, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.



Registration Ends on:
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Cost: $349

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Use the skills of observing and describing to accurately label all DBT therapist strategies in action.
  • Assess the level of effectiveness of DBT strategies.
  • Identify when necessary strategies are missing from a DBT session, and the most common errors that appear in non-adherent (or even some adherent!) sessions.
  • Develop a 100% realistic and personalized plan for implementing regular use of recording for session review in your practice, including developing procedures for obtaining the necessary client and agency permissions, and incorporating peer-reviews of session recordings among team members a routine part of your work.