2023-2024 DBT Teams Collaborative

Provided in a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin DBT Consortium 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
To learn more, please watch this video:

2023-2024 DBT Teams Collaborative 

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 June 2023 through October 2024.  We will be accepting applications from Wisconsin teams for consideration of participation in this DBT Learning Collaborative from April 1, 2023 - May 26, 2023.  You must apply as an agency.  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 less 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.
  • 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.

All teams applying for this training opportunity are required to have a minimum of one Administrative/Supervisory representative attend the DBT: Orientation for Administrators training on June 22, 2023.  

We've prepared a video to answer some of the commonly asked questions related to this project.  Please watch the video to learn more about the specific details of this opportunity.

Please submit completed applications to the Behavioral Health Training Partnership at bhtp@uwgb.edu by 4:00pm on Friday, May 26, 2023. 

Additional Requirements

All individuals or teams are required to purchase materials (5 books) prior to the training.  Click on the button for a list of materials. 

Abbreviated Intensive Training for New Team Members

Abbreviated Intensive Training for New Team Members

March 6-8, 2024
8:30am - 4:30pm CST each day
Virtual via Zoom
Trainer(s): Lesley Chapin, Psy.D. and Kim Skerven, Ph.D., ABPP
Continuing Education Hours: 21.0

Course Description

Learning to deliver effective and structured individual therapy is essential to comprehensive DBT and helping patients to build a life worth living. This 3-day training will focus on the individual mode of treatment including preparing clients for the treatment, setting effective goals, tracking progress, setting the session agenda, and assessing and addressing problem behaviors. Therapists... Read more »