Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics

DBT Training at the BRTC

The BRTC is a clinical research and training center focusing on both the development and evaluation of psychotherapies for individuals with BPD, particularly those who are highly suicidal or have severe out-of-control behavioral patterns. We are a training center aiming to provide young investigators with the training, research, and clinical skills necessary for careers in clinical research with difficult-to-treat populations.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are trained to become DBT therapists through participation in the BRTC Treatment Development Clinic (TDC) training program. A major goal of the TDC is to produce motivated, compassionate, empathic and scientifically rigorous clinician-scientists. Trainees are required to complete two parts of training. Part I involves coursework training in the areas of behavioral assessment, behavioral therapy, mindfulness, suicide management, and DBT theory and strategy. Part II involves a clinical practicum. Trainees have opportunities to observe expert DBT clinicians, such as Dr. Linehan, in therapy session. They are also required to provide direct clinical services to individual clients, to lead a DBT skills training group, and to attend a weekly DBT consultation team. All trainees are supervised by expert DBT clinicians.

In addition to providing training to graduate students and young investigators, Dr. Linehan offers a weekly advanced DBT seminar to senior graduate students and expert DBT clinicians working on our clinical trials.