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DBT Therapist Onboarding Workshop – February 2024

February 21 @ 8:30 am - March 1 @ 4:00 pm PST

Dates: This 40-hour telehealth workshop is provided over 6 days:
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Friday, February 23, 2024
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024

Workshop Hours: 8:30am-4pm PST (with 2 15-minute breaks and a 45-minute lunch break daily)

Location: Online via Zoom

$950.00 per participant
Group discount (3 or more): $850.00 per participant
        Enter Coupon Code dbt_2024_grp at checkout

Course Description
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.

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 behavior chain analysis/solution chain analysis, practicing the structure of individual DBT 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 and offer teaching guidelines for DBT skills groups. This workshop will also offer recommendations for “coaching on the floor” in residential and other milieu treatment environments.

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

Dialectical Behavior Therapy was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. 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, more than 21 randomized controlled trials and numerous non-randomized controlled trials have demonstrated its efficacy at treating out-of-control behaviors, including suicidal actions, communication and ideation, 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 emotional experiencing.

DBT has been found to be successful in reducing mental health and behavioral symptoms commonly found in children and adolescents as well as adult treatment populations, e.g., substance use disorders, some eating disorders, some mood disorders, self-harm, harm to others, and other behavioral responses stemming from emotion dysregulation.

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Target Audience

This workshop is designed for treatment providers looking to gain foundational training in comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This DBT Intensive Onboarding Workshop is to prepare treatment providers who will be participating in a DBT Consultation Team while providing comprehensive DBT Programs and who will receive further consultation and training as part of that team.

One of the underlying goals of this workshop is toward increasing the number of DBT-trained 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.

Attendance and Participation

In order to effectively implement DBT comprehensive treatment, this foundational training is essential. 100% attendance, participation in interactive activities and completion of identified readings is required for those seeking CEs and wanting a certificate of completion.

If there is an emergency or other unforeseen reason to miss a training session, a review of the video for the training session can be provided in order to obtain the missing content. However, much of the workshop is experiential and essential for learning and implementation.

For online workshops, maintaining camera webcams is expected for greater integrative interaction.

Continuing Education


Certificates of attendance will be provided to each participant who completes the full 40-hour training. Note: No partial continuing education credit can be given. It is required that attendees are present for then entire training in order to receive continuing education credit.

CAMFT CEs – 40: 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, LEPs and LPCCs. Course meets the qualifications for 40 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

NBCC CEs – 40: Choices Counseling & Skills Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7321. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Choices Counseling & Skills Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Format and Teaching Methods

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 reading before or during the course of the workshop:

  • Koerner, K., 2012. Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy, A Practical Guide. New York: Guilford Press.

Required articles before or during the training period of the DBT Therapist Onboarding Workshop (links will be sent prior to start of training):

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

Please have these books available for use during the workshop:

  • Linehan, M.M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Linehan, M.M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Required reading during of following the workshop:

  • Linehan, M.M. (1993a). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Pryor, K. (2006). Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training (3rd ed.). UK: Ringpress Books.

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 webinar review of Linehan’s text. This training is entitled Back to the Book: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.

*Patricia Gieselman Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc. receives no remuneration for recommending this course.

About the Presenter

Patricia Gieselman MFT

Patricia (Patty) Gieselman, MFT is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. She is the founder and Executive Director of Choices Counseling & Skills Center, which specializes in comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adults, adolescents, children and their families. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience working with adults, adolescents and families in both community-based and residential settings. During her career, she has worked in the public and private sector as a clinician, consultant, trainer, program director and Vice President of Clinical Services. In addition to offering counseling services, Ms. Gieselman trains mental health professionals as a provider of continuing education courses for the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and the California Psychological Association (CPA) and has been an adjunct instructor for local universities. She has been an invited trainer both nationally and internationally. Patty is well known for her practical yet often whimsical approach to teaching and problem solving.

Workshop Accommodations, Ethics, and Grievance Policies

Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities as needed. Venus selected for live training events will have reasonable accessibility, or it will be documented on registration materials if there are barriers or limitations. For online workshops, efforts will be made upon request to provide accommodations for auditory, visual or experiential components as much as possible. Participants requiring additional assistance are welcome to bring an assistant with them at no extra cost with 72-hour notification of need for accommodation. Recordings of trainings and/or recording devices will be allowed under needed circumstances. Release forms will be required stating that information recorded will not be distributed to anyone but the requesting party. If participants have accommodation needs, they can contact Cathleen Cash, MFT at or 626.470-9834 ext.502.

Ethics Policy: Our organization does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff members, selection of volunteers, instructors, vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to proving an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, workshop participants, and vendors.
Patricia Gieselman Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc. is a professional corporation. The President and CEO of the corporation is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides clinical services and educational and training opportunities that teach and train participants and licensees to treat any client in an ethical and clinically sound manner that is consistent with the CAMFT Code of Ethics. All selected trainers will be expected to abide by the same ethical expectations. In the event that a trainer for a particular event is a member of another professional organization, they will be expected to teach and train in accordance with that Code of Ethics as well.

Grievance Policy: If the complaint concerns a speaker (content, style of presentation) the participant filing the complaint will be asked to do so in a written format. The CE Program Director will assure the confidentiality of the individual by addressing the speaker directly.
If the complaint concerns the workshop itself (content, level of presentation, or facilities), the CE Director will:
·       Attempt to resolve facilities or service provision
·       Provide a full refund or issue a credit  to be used within one (1) year of training registration.
Grievances can be filed by emailing Cathleen Cash, MFT at or by mail to:
Cathleen Cash
Choices Counseling & Skills Center
37 Auburn Avenue Suite 1
Sierra Madre CA 91024

Privacy and Security Policies

Privacy Policy

We are committed to the responsible management of consumer information, and Internet user privacy is a high priority. We will not collect any personally-identifiable information about you (name, address, telephone number or email address) unless you send it to us voluntarily. If you do not want your personal information collected, please do not submit it on our site. You have a choice about how we use your personal information to communicate with you, and you may opt out at any time by unsubscribing or changing your preferences.

Security Policy

We take great care to maintain the security of your information. Among other measures, we use 256-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information as it is transmitted. We send your credit card information to our card processing company when you make a purchase and do not read or retain this information ourselves. Read more about how your personal financial information is handled by our payment gateway provider,, on their website. Inquiries regarding credit card payments can be sent to Choices Counseling & Skills Center, Attn: Cathleen Cash, MFT, 37 Auburn Ave Suite 1, Sierra Madre CA 91024.

Refunds and Cancellations Policies

Cancellations and Refunds: Cancellations that are made more than 14 days prior to the start of the workshop are fully refundable. The deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to the start of the workshop. $250.00 of your training registration fee is non-refundable if canceled before that deadline. $500.00 of your training registration fee is non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of start of training. Refunds for payments made by credit card can be re-issued to the card utilized, if canceling within 60 days of payment. Refunds made for payments made by check, or after 60 days from original credit card payment, will receive mailed checks within 15 days of the start of the workshop.

Substitution Policy: Substituting participants must be requested in writing within 10 days of the start of the workshop.


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