Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training for Improved Results
In order to ensure we are able to provide dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) that adheres to all the latest standards and maximizes data from new research, our therapists complete continuing education programs each year. Because we so often work with individuals who are struggling with complex diagnoses, DBT is an essential aspect of our treatment plans, which means our therapists are dedicated to advancing their knowledge about DBT best practices. DBT was originally developed in the 1980s, so there are three decades of research and information available from its practitioners, meaning there is no shortage of knowledge on the subject. Additionally, researchers continue to explore new applications for this approach, and as these DBT practices are proven beneficial, there’s always something new for us to learn.
Training with Dr. Charlie Swenson of Behavioral Tech
Behavioral Tech offers numerous online trainings, resources, and certifications for therapists who offer DBT services. Behavioral Tech offers educational resources at every level of DBT from the basics of this evidence-based therapy method to comprehensive, in-depth sessions on implementing advanced DBT programs or using this method with special populations (specific age groups, within families, etc.). Our founding therapist, Susan Betalleluz, LCSW, completed advanced training through Behavioral Tech with a skilled DBT practitioner and educator, Dr. Charlie Swenson.
What is Behavioral Tech?
Behavioral Tech is a DBT training program that is part of the Linehan Institute. DBT is an evidence-based practice developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help improve symptoms and provide relief for individuals with complex and severe mental health disorders. The Linehan Institute and its associated programs, including Behavioral Tech, offer DBT training and resources to support therapists in learning the necessary skills to offer compassionate, effective DBT therapy services.
Who is Dr. Swenson?
Dr. Swenson is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School. He has participated in numerous research studies, and Dr. Swenson has gained advanced knowledge of the best practices in implementing DBT programs across settings. He shares his knowledge as a DBT consultant, trainer, and educator throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Training with Dr. Kelly Koerner of Jaspr Health
Dr. Kelly Koerner literally wrote the book on using DBT effectively in therapy practices. She brings decades of experience to her training sessions, helping therapists make the most of available technologies as part of DBT therapy as well as teaching the skills to help therapists effectively utilize DBT in their practices.
What is Jaspr Health?
Jaspr Health is a company that combines science, technology, and mental health research to give therapists and individuals access to virtual resources to prevent suicide and help with the care of people who are struggling with suicidal ideation.
Who is Kelly?
Dr. Kelly Koerner is the author of Doing Dialectical Therapy. She has advanced and specialized training in numerous evidence-based treatments, and she served as the director of training for Marsha Linehan’s research institute. Currently, she offers DBT and evidence-based research, consulting, and training, and Dr. Koerner serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Jaspr Health.
DBT Skills Training with Dr. Marsha Linehan
In addition to advanced training with skilled DBT practitioners like Dr. Koerner and Dr. Swenson, Susan was also lucky enough to complete DBT skills training with the creator of this therapy approach, Dr. Marsha Linehan. This invaluable knowledge from Dr. Linehan created the foundation of our DBT therapy offerings.
Adolescents & Family-Specific DBT Skills Training
While DBT is most often provided to adults in group and individual settings, advanced training is available to offer effective DBT services to special groups like adolescents and families. Susan has completed training courses in the use of DBT in therapy for teens and families. Specifically, she studied with Dr. Linehan, Dr. Alec Miller, and Dr. Jill Rathus, clinicians with mastery of the DBT practice, to learn how to apply five DBT skills to work with families and adolescents. The five skills were mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and the teen and family-specific skill called walking the middle path.
What do I do Next?
DBT is an effective way to make real progress if you’re struggling with a range of concerns, and working with a therapist who has advanced training means you can expect to see a real difference in your quality of life over the course of DBT sessions. When you’re ready to start making some changes, don’t wait to contact us. To set up your first visit to The Harmony Center for Change, you can call, email, or use our simple request form. We know it can be intimidating to take the first steps to make a change, but you don’t have to do it alone.