DBT Certificate Course

Presenter: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC
Date/Time: Wednesday - Sunday, September 29-October 3, 2021, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: $1170; $1000 Early Bird until September 15, 2021
A limited number of seats have been reserved for FAU Social Work alumni and FAU Social Work Field Instructors and Coordinators with a special $900 rate until September 15. Please email the Professional Development Coordinator at to request the discount code.

CEUs: 40

  • Introduction and overview of DBT Basics (Principles, Development, and Research)
    An introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy will be presented. The foundations for the development of DBT will be explored including concepts of Zen Buddhism and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Marsha Linehan’s conceptualization of individuals through the Biosocial Theory and the subsequent modifications she created in the DBT program will be presented. Early research regarding BPD and chronic depression will be presented as well as more current research that supports the use of DBT with a variety of population.
  • DBT Skills Training, Common Protocols and Behavioral Chain Analysis
    A discussion of the impact of the Biosocial Theory on the conceptualization of behavior and how this is addressed in DBT, the four modules of DBT and how they relate back to the biosocial theory. Common protocols will include the suicide protocol as well as protocols for placing clients on vacation from treatment due to interfering behaviors. Behavioral Chain Analysis and accompanying Solution Analysis will also be presented.
  • Strategies in DBT: DBT Structure and Modes of Delivery
    Discussions of the structure of treatment including stages of treatment, skills training, individual DBT sessions, the first few sessions and obtaining commitment. The creation and structure of a DBT program, as well as the structure and development of a consultation team, will be explored.
  • DBT Oriented Case Conceptualization and Stylistic Strategies of DBT
    Participants will learn to identify stage of treatment, as well as identifying primary and secondary targets for the client. Case conceptualization will be taught in detail and participants will gain an understanding of how to create treatment goals and structure treatment using the case conceptualization as the foundation.

Learning Objectives:

At the close of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the foundational components of DBT
  2. Develop a basic understanding of the word “Dialectical”
  3. Recognize the implications of research findings on the increased use of DBT with various populations
  4. Recognize the biosocial theory behind DBT
  5. Discuss the concept of invalidation as presented in the biosocial theory and have a basic understanding of the six levels of validation as per DBT theory
  6. Identify and explain the four modules of DBT which include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
  7. Develop a basic understanding of the relation between the four modules of skills training and the Biosocial Theory.
  8. Identify and describe the common protocols used in DBT including the suicide protocol, egregious behavior protocol, PE protocol and Self-Harm Protocol
  9. Be able to comprehend and complete all of the components of a Behavioral Chain Analysis and accompanying Solution Analysis
  10. Identify the four components of comprehensive DBT and have an understanding of the purpose of each component
  11. Develop a basic understanding of the structure of a DBT individual therapy session and be able to identify commitment strategies that are use in the pre-treatment and commitment phase of therapy
  12. Prioritize life-threatening, self-harming, and treatment interfering behaviors
  13. Integrate the use of diary cards into your client's treatment plans
  14. Formulate a consultation team and have a basic understanding of the consultation meeting agenda, format and purpose.
  15. Have the ability to structure a DBT skills training group and a general understanding of how to structure a DBT program at varying levels of care (private practice, residential, inpatient, acute care, PHP and IOP)
  16. Use personal stories and anecdotes to enhance skills training sessions and use creativity to develop interesting skills presentations which will increase the feeling that clinician is genuine and increase the motivation for group members
  17. Identify the stages of DBT treatment
  18. Develop a basic understanding of the difference between primary and secondary targets and be able to identify primary and secondary targets for a client
  19. Formulate a DBT case conceptualization with fidelity to the DBT model, which will include identifying the client’s life worth living goals, the target behaviors, and the stage of treatment for the client
  20. Apply DBT treatment strategies in the clinical setting
  21. Recognize the biosocial theory behind case conceptualization in DBT
  22. Discuss the concept of validation and the six levels of validation as per DBT theory
  23. Identify and possess an understanding of the four categories of DBT treatment strategies

This program fulfills the education requirement of the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification of a minimum of 40 credit hours of specific education in DBT. For more information about certification in DBT, go to Board of Certification.

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About the Presenter:

Michelle Quilter is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. Her dissertation focused on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. She also holds two Masters degrees – an MA in Community and Counseling Psychology from Marist College and an MS in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. A Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor since 2006, Dr. Quilter has received specialized training in both Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology. She is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. She has worked in an array of settings, including inpatient hospitals, emergency psychiatric care, and multiple levels of care in substance abuse treatment. Certified by DBT-Linehan Board of Certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dr. Quilter has been utilizing this approach for over a decade in clinical practice. Dr. Quilter developed and implemented a comprehensive DBT program at Lifeskills South Florida and served as the director of the DBT program for five years. She is currently implementing a comprehensive DBT program at Guardian Recovery Network and is their Director of Clinical Case Management. Dr. Quilter also has a private practice located in Delray Beach, FL.