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DBT Therapist Onboarding Workshop (Virtual)

Presented By Patricia Gieselman, MFT
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™

Friday, May 7, 2021 8am-4pm
Saturday, May 8, 2021 8am-4pm
Friday, May 14, 2021 8am-4pm
Saturday, May 15, 2021 8am-4pm
Friday, May 21, 2021 8am-4pm
Saturday, May 22, 2021 8am-4pm

 Online via Zoom
Earn 42 Continuing Education Units

Registration closes 4/30/2021 or when all spaces are filled.


This workshop provides a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and offers demonstration and practice in the implementation of same. This Therapist Onboarding Workshop is to prepare clinicians who will be joining an existing DBT team currently providing Comprehensive DBT Programs and who will receive further consultation and training as part of that team.

Some of the strengths of this workshop, in addition to the concepts and theory of DBT, is in-workshop demonstration and practical experience doing pre-treatment assessment, completing and reviewing Diary Cards, doing BCA/SCAs, practicing the structure of DBT Individual sessions, risk assessment and planning, and working with in-session therapy interfering behaviors, as examples. The workshop will offer an overview of the DBT Skills content, but focuses primarily on doing Individual DBT sessions.

This workshop does not include assessment of the participant’s abilities or competency. Although this workshop helps prepare clinicians for DBT-Linehan Board Certified, the certificate of completion is not equivalent to certification. For information on steps toward DBT-Linehan Board Certification, go to

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD at the University of Washington (Linehan, M. M., 1993, 2015). DBT is an evidence-based, principle-driven treatment originally designed for use with suicidal and self-harming individuals and those with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  Since it was originally tested at the University of Washington, 21 randomized trials and numerous non-randomized trials have demonstrated its efficacy at treating out-of-control behaviors, including suicide, self-harm, other behaviors requiring medical and/or psychiatric hospitalization, treatment drop-out, substance abuse, binge eating, binging and purging and significant isolation. Often, those behaviors are both a consequence of extreme emotion dysregulation and an attempt to avoid emotions.

DBT has also been found to be successful in reducing mental health and behavioral symptoms commonly found in children and adolescent as well as adult treatment populations, e.g., substance use disorders, eating disorders, self-harm, harm to others, and other behavioral problems that stem from emotion dysregulation.


This workshop is designed for clinicians looking to gain foundational training in comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and planning to join or are already working with a DBT Consultation team.

One of the underlying goals of this workshop is toward increasing the number of DBT service providers and more inclusive diversity of therapists on our teams. Getting new staff trained in DBT in a timely manner is often an ongoing challenge. 

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This workshop will use reading assignments, PowerPoint presentations, exercises, role play, videos, homework assignments, lecture, demonstration, and practice to assist in effective practice of comprehensive DBT therapy as part of a DBT team.

Required readings before the DBT Onboarding Workshop are:

  • Koerner, K., (2012) Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy, A Practical Guide, New York: Guilford Press.
  • Pryor, K. (2006). Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training (3rd ed). UK: Ringpress Books.

Highly Recommended readings before the DBT Onboarding Workshop are:

Linehan, M.M., (1993a). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.
Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual Handouts and Worksheets (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Required article readings before or between the DBT Onboarding Workshop sessions are (links to articles will be sent upon registration):

  • Validation and Psychotherapy – Linehan
  • Case Formulation Chapter – Linehan, Koerner 1997

In order to effectively provide DBT treatment, an in-depth understanding of Linehan’s 1993 text is essential. If participants are new to DBT, following this workshop, we highly recommend Shari Manning, PhD’s 15-week guided chapter-by-chapter read through Linehan’s text. “Back to the Book: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder”.

Patricia Gieselman receives no renumeration for recommending this course.

Continuing education certificates for those who qualify are included in the cost of registration.

Standard Rate 
$900.00 per person (reduced from $1,450.00)

If you prefer to pay by check, please make checks payable to “Choices Counseling & Skills Center”. Registration will not be confirmed until receipt of payment. All payments must be received no later than April 30, 2021 to ensure confirmation of registration.
Please mail checks to:

Choices Counseling & Skills Center 
37 Auburn Avenue, Suite 1, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Tax ID number: 26-3577521


Certificates of Attendance will be provided to each attendee who completes all 42 training hours. Note: No partial continuing education credit can be given. It is required that attendees are present for the entire training in order to receive any continuing education credit.

Patricia Gieselman Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc. (dba: Choices Counseling & Skills Center) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT#128621) to sponsor continuing professional education for MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. Course meets the qualifications for 42 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

CA Board of Registered Nursing: Patricia Gieselman, MFT is approved as a Continuing Education
Provider for California’s Board of Registered Nursing (CEP#15873).

CA Psychological Association: Patricia Gieselman Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc. (dba:
Choices Counseling & Skills Center) is approved (PAT#037) by the
California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for

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