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DBT Learning Collaborative 2021-2022

Provided in a collaborative effort beween the Wisconsin DBT Consortium, the Great Lakes Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), and the Behavioral Health Training Partnership at UW - Green Bay, and made possible through grant funding provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

What is Comprehensive DBT?

Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a mindfulness-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy with strong research supporting its effectiveness. Comprehensive DBT was originally designed to treat suicidal behavior and was initially implemented primarily with individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. There is strong empirical evidence that demonstrates robust reduction in suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and self-harm behavior. DBT has more recently been demonstrated to be effective in treating a range of other problems associated with impulsive, emotional behavior including things like substance abuse, binge eating disorder, treatment-resistant depression, and emotional impulsivity in adolescents; and DBT remains the gold-standard treatment for borderline personality disorder and associated life threatening behaviors.

Most of the evidence base supporting this treatment application with high risk individuals suggests that the full, comprehensive delivery is required.

Comprehensive DBT is a multi-modal delivery which requires 5 parts:
  • Weekly individual DBT psychotherapy (one hour weekly)
  • Weekly DBT skills training group (2 hours in length, 2 facilitators)
  • Weekly consultation team meeting for DBT therapists (90 minutes weekly)
  • 24-hour availability out-of-session skills coaching with a DBT therapist
  • Additional treatments, such as medication management

DBT Learning Collaborative Opportunity (2021-2022 Cohort)

This training series is intended to provide teams of individuals with the knowledge and experience needed to provide comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and will run from August 2021 through December 2022.  We will be accepting applications from Wisconsin teams for consideration of participation in this DBT Learning Collaborative from May 17, 2021 - June 18, 2021.  There will be no charge for approved applicants to attend this training.  

Applicants must:
  • Practice in the State of Wisconsin
  • Be licensed or eligible for licensure as a mental health provider in the State of Wisconsin
  • Attend with a team of (no more than 4) providers from their agency (or partner between agencies)
  • Commit to providing services to patients with Medicaid as a primary payer
  • Commit to attending all sessions of this training series. Partial participation will not be authorized.
  • Be able and willing to commit to providing all modes of DBT as listed above within their agency
    • Weekly individual sessions with DBT patients
    • Weekly 2 hour skills group with 2 facilitators
    • Between session phone coaching for their individual patients
    • Attending 90 minute consultation team weekly
  • Be willing to commit to attending once monthly group supervision
  • Be willing and able to commit to taping (video or audio) sessions with patients for supervision
  • Be willing and able to meet with a board certified DBT provider for 90 minutes per week for 8 weeks to establish your DBT program implementation.
  • Be willing and able to meet with a board certified DBT provider monthly as part of your consultation team.
All teams applying for this training opportunity are required to have a minimum of one Administrative/Supervisory representative attend the Orientation for Administrators training on August 12, 2021.  

Missed the live Q & A session on May 27th?  You can view the slide presentation here, and watch the recording by clicking the button below.  Please send any questions to
Please submit completed applications to the Behavioral Health Training Partnership at by 4:00pm on Friday, June 18, 2021. 

Comprehensive DBT Training:

Participants must attend all training components.  If applicants have previously attended DBT Skills trainings through MHTTC or UWGB/BHTP, please indicate so on the application.

Training Series Details:
Training Date Time Location Continuing Education Hours
Orientation for Administrators August 12, 2021 1:00 - 5:00pm Virtual via Zoom n/a
Foundational DBT Skills Training August 30 - September 1, 2021 8:00am - 4:45pm daily       
Virtual via Zoom 8 hours per day
(24.0 hours total)
Comprehensive DBT 5-day Didactic Training Part 1: October 14-15, 2021                              
Part 2: November 2-4, 2021
8:00am - 4:45pm daily Part 1: Virtual via Zoom

Part 2: Live, in person at UW- Green Bay (University Union, Phoenix Rooms)
8 hours per day
(40.0 hours total)
Research Protocol Implementation Training November 12, 2021 8:30am - 12:30pm                    Virtual via Zoom 4.0 hours

All participants will receive a number of materials (5 books) via USPS prior to the training, so it is critical that the address used at the time of application be accurate.  Upon completion of the training, all teams will be split into groups of 4, and assigned a Linehan Board Certified clinician coach.  Teams will be required to meet for 90 minutes weekly, beginning in approximately December 2021, and through December 2022. Team meetings will focus on clinical case consultation, and will include tape reviews.  


Wisconsin DBT Consortium Trainers/Consultants:

Lesley Baird Chapin
Lesley Baird Chapin, Psy.D.
Lesley Baird Chapin, Psy.D. is the Vice President of the Pauquette Center for Psychological Services and the Dialectical Behavior Therapy trainer for the Department of Corrections.  Dr. Chapin received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 2009.  She completed her internship at CMC-Randolph Behavioral Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, and her post-doctoral supervision with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. She has practiced DBT and clinical psychology in inpatient, outpatient, residential, correctional and forensic settings with adolescents, adults, and families since 2006 and has specific training and experience applying DBT with individuals who have experienced trauma.  Dr. Chapin is a board certified DBT clinician, certified by the Linehan Board of Certification, the only certification body sanctioned by the creator of the treatment.  Dr. Chapin has been providing DBT training for mental health professionals, medical professionals, and support professionals since 2014. 

Neal Moglowsky
Neal Moglowsky, LPC
Neal Moglowsky received his Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  He has been working as a psychotherapist since 1995.  He has received advanced training in the treatment of anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Panic Disorder, and problems regulating emotions resulting in impulsivity.  He has been intensively trained in Exposure Response Prevention for the treatment of anxiety disorders as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for difficulties regulating emotions and has been conducting DBT skills training groups since 1997. He is the clinical coordinator of the DBT program at the Center for Behavioral Medicine.  He also has a interest in integrating mindfulness practices into his clinical work to help increase self-awareness and teach clients how to better control their focus and attention.  Neal has an infectious sense of commitment and motivation to the health of the clients he works with.  His goal is to empower his clients let their values and ethics drive their life choices rather than their emotions and impulses. 

Melissa Skrzypchak
Melissa Skrzypchak, MSSW, LCSW
Melissa Skrzypchak, MSSW, LCSW, has over 17 years of experience in partnering with her clients to help them build their best lives. She is one of only a few therapists, in the state of WI, with the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Linehan Board of Certification.  In addition to providing comprehensive DBT, Melissa has also had intensive training in Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO DBT) for persons who have overcontrol tendencies associated with chronic, treatment resistant depression and anxiety. Areas of specialty include borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.  Melissa provides mental health counseling in a private practice setting to individuals and groups, ages 12 and up. She also has previously worked for several years on an inpatient behavioral health unit. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the around the world and spending her time with family.

Kim Skerven
Kim Skerven, Ph.D.
Kim Skerven, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is a Certified Clinician through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. Dr. Skerven provides individual DBT, conducts DBT skills training groups, and provides DBT supervision.

Henry Boeh
Henry Boeh, Ph.D.
Henry Boeh is a certified DBT clinician through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, and a licensed psychologist. He works with both adult and adolescent clients, and is the team leader of the Center for Behavioral Medicine Adolescent DBT Program. Henry is passionate about delivering adherent and comprehensive DBT treatment, and teaching others to do the same.

Taylor Davine
Taylor Davine, Ph.D.
Taylor Davine is a postdoctoral trainee at the Center for Behavioral Medicine (CBM). He completed his undergraduate training at San Diego State University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Taylor completed three years of training at CBM during graduate school, before leaving to complete his clinical internship at the  Cheyenne VA Medical Center. Taylor is an advocate for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and he returned to Milwaukee to continue his training and career at CBM. Taylor also has a strong interest in research and has published several peer-reviewed articles. In his free time, Taylor enjoys exercising, fishing, gardening, fostering dogs, and spending time in nature.