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DBT Foundational Training 2024

Sept 3, Sept 5, Sept 6, Sept 9, Sept 11

  Dana Austin |

New and updated to address navigating mental health in the post-pandemic world, CBC’s virtual DBT 5-Day Foundational Training will return in summer 2024!

The coronavirus pandemic has brought on a mental health tsunami. Over the past two years, therapists have seen new and heightened mental health challenges surrounding social isolation, the increased use of technology and disruptions to daily routines. In addition to a 334% spike in intentional self-harm among 13- to 18-year-olds in the Northeast from August 2019 to August 2020, a study conducted by FAIR Health found a 49.6% increase in depression and 67.5% increase in generalized anxiety disorder among 19- to 22-year-olds across the U.S. in April 2020 compared to April 2019, according to a recent TIME article.

To address these issues, CBC is offering a five-day foundational training to help mental health professionals and students build and deepen their dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) knowledge, technique, and skills, with an adolescent-family emphasis. The workshop, led by Dr. Alec Miller and other CBC master clinicians, will provide an in-depth training in evidence-based techniques and strategies for mental health professionals to meet the increased mental health needs in the community today, as well as teach skills to engage clients using telehealth platforms. Teaching methods include didactics, modeling, videos, role-plays, and homework review.

What will I gain from this workshop?

  • Identify and address unique mental health issues arising in a post-pandemic world
  • Identify the biosocial theory of borderline personality disorder and emotion dysregulation as well as how to assess multi-problem youth
  • Utilize orientation and commitment strategies effective for teenagers and families
  • Use the treatment structure and targets for multi-problem, high-risk adolescents
  • Learn the various change and acceptance strategies used in individual DBT
  • Discuss the adolescent-family dialectical dilemmas, dialectical thinking, and acting and how to teach it to teens and parents
  • Understand how to create and maintain adolescent skills training groups with and without caregivers
  • Apply the DBT skills taught in Rathus & Miller’s DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents

Dates: Sept. 3, Sept. 5, Sept. 6, Sept. 9, Sept. 11, 2024

Participants will receive 35 Continuing Education credit hours (35 CE credits) for New York social workers and all psychologists. CBC also offers other CE credits throughout the year.

CBC has become the first—and only, to date—Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program in New York State. The DBT- Linehan Board of Certification was formed to develop a comprehensive way to certify individual therapists in their competency to deliver DBT effectively and to certify programs that demonstrate their ability to deliver DBT programmatically with fidelity to the model as it has been researched.

*In an effort to increase diversity in the field of psychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants has partnered with Access Psychology Foundation to provide scholarships to emerging therapists from historically underserved communities. For more information on the scholarship and to apply, email Stevie Monteiro, APF Operations Manager, at

**Student scholarships are also available. To apply, please complete form here: DBT-F Student Scholarship Application Form

Feedback from our 2023 DBT 5-Day Foundational participants:

"I really like Alec’s teaching style and his great depth of knowledge. Despite being an expert on this topic, he presents himself as very approachable and easygoing. I really like the clinical examples that he shared as they make his point very poignant and memorable.”

“The training helped validate my current knowledge as well as sharpening my skills within a DBT setting (i.e., target hierarchy, building commitment), as well as using psychoeducation for the biosocial theory.”

"Dr. Kanter's presentation on DBT skills groups and chain analysis was informative and engaging. I appreciated her validating and easy manner, expertise, and clear instruction style."

"Nora did an awesome job at explaining the different types of validation and assessing our understanding of them. She did a great job at providing us with examples to further our understanding."

"Dr. Buerger was engaging and had great clinical examples to share. He wove in modeling into the lecture style which was really helpful because it gave me lots of "snippets" of things I could say to clients or examples of how to phrase something. His use of humor throughout the presentation made the zoom platform more engaging as well!"

    “I LOVED watching the video of Alec teaching the skills to a group. It was so helpful to see someone else's style and a complete interaction.”

    “Going forward, I will be better able to explain the function of mindfulness skills and how much they can improve clients' (and all of our) lives.

    “I have a stronger understanding on how to teach skills and now will be able to use my own radical genuineness in providing examples of how I use skills.”