Training Details

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training™

Co-hosted By: Sunrise Residential Treatment Center

Dates: September 26 -30, 2016
Location: St. George, Utah







Jennifer Sayrs, PhD, ABPP

Start your application today. Application Deadline: August 8, 2016

Training Description

This five-day training is designed specifically for individual therapists or skills trainers who are members of an intensively trained DBT team, but have not completed Intensive training themselves. It is meant to assist teams that have hired new staff or experienced turnover by allowing newer team members to get trained in the standard content of DBT. Lecture, video, role-play and small group exercises will be used to teach DBT theory and strategies in depth. Participants agree to attend the entire five days of training, do their best to learn the material, and participate in a willing, committed manner. The training requires that participants work in an active DBT® program, participate in a consultation team, and will continue learning DBT with a mentor.

Only people who have attended the full ten days of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™ are able to serve as mentors and sponsor team members to a Foundational Training.

Training Objectives

Participate in a DBT Consultation Team.
Demonstrate Consultation Team strategies used in DBT.
List the modes, the functions, and the typical treatment agreements made in DBT.
Implement the structure, goals, and stages of DBT treatment.
Teach the four DBT skills modules (Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance).
Explain the Biosocial Model of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other severe disorders in all required treatment contexts.
Create DBT treatment plans for clients using targeting procedures.
Explain the dialectical nature of DBT.
Demonstrate how dialectics are used in DBT.
Conduct Cue Exposure and Response Prevention.
List the steps in Problem-Solving.
Conduct complete Behavioral Chain Analyses and solution analyses.
Implement the Cognitive-Behavioral strategies in DBT.
Identify the levels of validation and the contexts in which they apply.
Demonstrate the use of validation to balance the change strategies in treatment.
Demonstrate the different communication strategies of DBT.
Implement the DBT case management strategies.
Implement telephone coaching and other generalization strategies of DBT.
Apply suicide crisis protocols of DBT.
Discuss the DBT research for different populations.


*CE NOTE: Behavioral Tech calculates the continuing education credits for this training by the start time and end time.

100 percent attendance is required, as is signing IN and OUT each morning and afternoon, to receive CE credits. Partial credits cannot be issued.

Application Process


Participants should meet the following criteria:

Be a current member of an Intensively trained team.
Be invested in learning DBT to a high standard in order to better implement the treatment in their usual settings. Participants agree to attend and fully participate in the entire training in a willing, committed manner.
Have learned DBT in one-day or two-day trainings and/or from self-guided study of the treatment manuals.
Agree to read the following books before the Foundational Training:
Linehan, M.M. (2015). DBT® Skills Training Manual: Second Edition. New York: Guilford Press.
Linehan, M.M. (2015). DBT® Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets: Second Edition. New York: Guilford Press.
Linehan, M.M. (1993). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Books can be ordered online at the links above or by contacting Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588.

Application Fee

There is a $50.00 fee for each applicant.

Application fees are non-refundable and are not a credit towards the tuition. Applications without application fees will not be considered.

Application Deadline

August 8, 2016, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Acceptance Notification

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 22, 2016. If you are accepted and require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 at the time of your application submission so that Behavioral Tech may provide the appropriate service.


Please send the Foundational Application and the $50.00 application fee together via fax, email, or envelope by August 8, 2016.

Fax: 1.206.675.8590 *Always dial a 1 before faxing, please.


Behavioral Tech, LLC;
Attn: Foundational Training Application
1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 230
Seattle, WA 98105

Please also set up an account with Behavioral Tech at to assist with the application process.



The tuition for this training is $1,400.00* (U.S.) per person.

Full payment is due within 7 business day of notification of acceptance. If payment is not received within 7 business days of acceptance, BTECH reserves the right to offer the space to another person. Fees and tuition are non-refundable.

We accept checks, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. All payments must be in U.S. funds. We are unable to accept American Express or foreign checks. Please contact us at 206.675.8588 or at for foreign bank transfer information.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Participants are expected to attend the training in its entirety and participate in a willing, committed manner. Due to the comprehensive nature of this training, there are no cancellations or substitutions available, and fees and tuition are non-refundable.

For a complete list of Behavioral Tech policies, including how to address grievances, see policies.

Limits of Liability

Behavioral Tech is not responsible for any presenters’ or participants’ statements, acts, materials, or omissions. The use of audio or video taping devices is not permitted at any activity. Trainers and content are subject to change without notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control.

Venue Information

Co-hosted By: Sunrise Residential Treatment Center

Red Mountain Resort
1275 Red Mountain Circle
St. George, Utah

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Nearby Accommodations

Red Mountain Resort: explore accommodations and rates on their website at

Continuing Education

This offering meets the requirements for the following hours by discipline. Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state’s regulatory authority to verify if this course meets your licensing or continuing education requirements. Inquiries regarding CE for other disciplines not listed may be directed to Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8589 or via email to