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.