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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Intensive DBT

DBT Training for Human Services

We offer intensive DBT training for our county partners as well as to other interested agencies.  In order to participate in our training, agencies must understand the commitment to providing DBT to fidelity and develop the internal structure to support all components of DBT treatment.  For this reason, agencies must contact BHTP to request the link to register or be part of an established team in order to receive the registration information.

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based therapy that is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Dialectical comes from the idea that bringing together acceptance and change in therapy that will bring better results than either one alone. DBT requires a behavioral approach, which means that we assess the situations and target behaviors that are relevant to the goals of the person participating in services in order to figure out how to solve the problems in his/her life. DBT was originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorders (BPD).  Studies have since been conducted and demonstrated that DBT is effective for a wide range of other disorders and problems.

DBT has four parts:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Skills Training
  • Phone Coaching, if needed for crises between sessions
  • Consultation Team for therapists

DBT training will be comprehensive and cover all the necessary concepts to fully implement DBT in a county setting. This training requires active participation and will lead to an ability to fully practice DBT in the manner in which it is intended.  DBT is a team-based process. Agencies who wish to implement DBT at their facility would need to identify team members who will be participating.

In preparation for the the training, you will be provided with two textbooks, which BHTP will provide. The books are: DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd Edition) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Both books are by Marsha Linehan.

DBT is a two-part training series. Intensive DBT Part One is a three-day training, provided via Zoom, where you will be introduced to the overview of DBT and learn about the skills and the skills group, the consultation group, and therapy.  Intensive DBT Part Two is a two-day in-person training where you will continue to learn about therapy, skills coaching, and ancillary treatment. 


We offer DBT training in a two-part hybrid format.  Part One is provided virtually via Zoom, and Part Two is provided in person in a traditional classroom setting.

Sample Agenda

Want to know what we cover in our Intensive DBT training?  Check out this sample agenda that outlines the 5 days of training.

Sample Agenda


These training opportunities are not available on our website. You need to request the link to register and must be part of a new or established team to do so.  If your agency is interested in registering, please contact Joanne Tulachka directly.

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DBT Skills Training

Already trained in DBT but want to further develop your knowledge and skills?  Take advantage of these short, skill-specific training offerings!

DBT Skills Training

Upcoming DBT Trainings

Participants will receive 30 Continuing Education Hours for attending this training. The fee for the five-day training, which includes the books, is $175 for BHTP full members and $799 for partial and nonmembers.

Intensive DBT Part 1

September 11-13, 2024
8:30am - 3:30pm, daily
Virtual Learning via Zoom

Intensive DBT Part 2

September 26-27, 2024
8:30am - 3:30pm, daily

UW-Stevens Point, Dreyfus University Center
1015 Reserve St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481

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If your agency is interested in participating, please reach out to our Training Coordinator, Joanne Tulachka, at (920) 465-2117 or via email at with any questions or to register.