DBT Institute & Learning Community

VCPI facilitated an 8-day intensive DBT Training Institute to over 30 participants from 7 agencies statewide in 2014. In an effort to sustain the implementation of this practice, VCPI facilitates an ongoing Learning Community consisting of current cohort members and content experts, Sue Swindell and Jodie Bisson. VCPI, in collaboration with the content experts developed Core Competencies for DBT to be utilized by participants and supervisors. VCPI is committed to expanding the DBT Institute, dissemination of content and implementation of the practice statewide.

In April of 2016, a DBT Leadership Symposium was held, which was developed as a follow up to the 8-Day Intensive DBT Training and Learning Community. The intent is to provide clinicians who have completed the training and are providing DBT an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and fine turn their skills.

In the Fall of 2016, VCPI held a second session of the 8-day intensive Institute, with 34 graduates.

In the Summer, Fall and Winter of 2017, VCPI held a learning community events where participants gathered to continue learning and sharing.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. There is increasing evidence that DBT skills training alone is a promising intervention for a wide variety of both clinical and nonclinical populations and across settings.

What participants can expect from the DBT Training:

  • Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy provided by experts in the field
  • 48 hours of Continuing Education credits divided into 4, 2-day training sessions
  • Handouts, articles, and transcripts will be provided
  • Participation in an ongoing Learning Community, which will include opportunities for clinical consultation and forums for discussion with other participants.
  • On completion of the training, your email address will be added to the DBT state consultation list serve, which will allow you on-line support for clinical questions.

What we will expect of you:

  • Attendance at all training sessions (CEU’s for partial attendance will not be awarded)
  • Purchase of the text book and skills manual by Marsha Linehan
  • Completion of homework assignments and evaluations
  • Attendance and participation in your agency’s DBT Consultation team meeting
  • Commitment to remain on a DBT team and participate in the virtual Learning Community for one year

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