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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training™

Level 3
White Plains, NY — co-hosted by: New York Presbyterian Hospital
November 4-8, 2019

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:

1.   Use DBT research data to engage stakeholders in DBT.
2.   Adopt and practice a dialectical worldview in treatment.
3.   Incorporate DBT assumptions about clients into treatment.
4.   Explain the biosocial model of BPD/pervasive emotion dysregulation.
5.   Apply DBT principles and strategies during DBT consultation team meetings
6.   Structure treatment according to the target hierarchies for each modality (e.g., individual, skills training, phone).
7.   Complete DBT pre-treatment tasks (e.g., identify client’s goals, orient to DBT, obtain commitments).
8.   Assess long-term and acute risk for suicide.
9.   Apply DBT suicide crisis protocols.
10. Implement the levels of validation in DBT.
11. Conduct a chain analysis of an episode of a target behavior.
12. Generate and evaluate solutions for specific problematic links from a chain analysis.
13. Describe the goals of the DBT skills modules.
14. Describe the DBT problem-solving strategies (skills training, cognitive modification, exposure, contingency management).
15. Implement DBT stylistic strategies (reciprocal and irreverent communication).
16. Implement DBT case management strategies (consultation-to-the-client and environmental intervention).


General Schedule

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration, CE/CME Sign-in
9:00 AM – 10:45 AM Morning Session 1
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Morning Session 2
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Afternoon Session 1
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Afternoon Session 2
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM – 5:20 PM Afternoon Session 3
5:20 PM – 5:30 PM Q&A, Completion of Evaluation, and CE/CME Sign-out

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.


Adam Payne, PhD

New Hyde Park, NY (United States) Adam Payne, Ph.D., is a DBT - Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician. Dr. Payne received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1996. Dr. Payne served as the conference chairperson for the 2012 and 2013 conferences of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT). ISITDBT is a volunteer organization with the sole task of organizing an annual conference to bring together DBT clinicians from around the US and around the globe. Dr. Payne served ten years as a Clinical Supervisor at the University of Washington for graduate students in clinical psychology at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC). He has provided training and consultation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy internationally for Behavioral Tech, LLC since 2002. Dr. Payne is a founding member of the Center for Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (CCDBT). Founded in 2006, the CCDBT aims to provide effective, evidence-based, psychotherapeutic treatments for children, adolescents, and adults. The main office of this center is in Lake Success, NY on Long Island. The cornerstones of the CCDBT are programs in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for both adults and for adolescents. Prior to the formation of the CCDBT, Dr. Payne served as the Clinical Coordinator of the Adolescent DBT Program at Schneider Children’s Hospital. Beginning in 1999, the team developed a comprehensive Adolescent DBT program at Schneider Children’s Hospital, part of the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System. More locally, Dr. Payne has been an invited speaker to school districts and mental health settings to present information about the application of DBT to adolescent populations. Dr. Payne also previously served as the staff psychologist of the Adolescent Treatment Team of the Child and Adolescent Day Hospital at Zucker Hillside Hospital. Prior to the formation of the CCDBT, Dr. Payne also maintained a faculty practice for treatment of children, adolescents, and adults within Zucker Hillside Hospital on Long Island.

Additional Faculty & Presenters

Francheska Perepletchikova, PhD

White Plains, NY (United States) Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D. is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Board Certified Clinician is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Perepletchikova received her B.A. degree at St. John's University and graduated with a gold medal for the highest academic average. Dr. Perepletchikova received graduate training in two disciplines -- developmental and clinical psychology. She obtained an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1996 and received Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University Department of Psychology in 2007 (with the James B. Grossman Best Dissertation Prize). During her internship and post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Perepletchikova gained expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She obtained intensive and advanced intensive trainings in DBT with Dr. Linehan. Further, Dr. Perepletchikova has been established as able to deliver DBT with adherence and calibration as a reliable DBT adherence rater by Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington. In 2015, she became a BTech trainer. In 2016 Dr. Perepletchikova became a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Board Certified Clinician. Dr. Perepletchikova has a long-standing interest in emotion regulation, trauma-related psychopathology, depressive and anxiety problems, suicidality and self-harm behaviors. Her research focuses on childhood psychopathology, psychotherapy development, and evaluation of treatment integrity in treatment outcome research. As a faculty at Yale University and Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Perepletchikova developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy for children and conducted several randomized clinical trials to empirically validate this model. This line of research has been funded by the grants from NIMH, NRSA and private foundations. Dr. Perepletchikova authored 25 journal articles and book chapters for the book Treatment Integrity in Treatment Outcome Research (2009). She has conducted over 60 lectures, presentations and workshops around the world. As a clinician, Dr. Perepletchikova is currently in private practice. She is a Founding Director of the Youth-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program that specializes in treating children with severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation and training clinicians in the approach.


Participants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a current member of an Intensively trained team.
  2. 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.
  3. Have learned DBT in one-day or two-day trainings and/or from self-guided study of the treatment manuals.
  4. Agree to read the following books before the Foundational Training:


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Tuition rates will be determined by the date on which the payment is received.  Payments received after the due date may be subject to increase.  If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at

Tuition Schedule:

Early Bird Registration Discount: $1,495
– Submit your application by July 19, 2019
– Receive your acceptance and pay tuition by July 29, 2019

Standard Registration: $1,595
– Submit your application by October 11, 2019
– Receive your acceptance and pay tuition by October 21, 2019

Last Minute Registration: $1,695
– Applications submitted after October 11, 2019

Application Form
You may pay for the application fee (to indicate your interest) by adding an App Fee ticket to your cart and completing the checkout process. Please note that we will cancel your application fee if we do not receive your application form(s) within 7 days of app-fee payment.

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Acceptance Notification
We will review applications in the order they are received. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than October 7, 2019.

Tuition Payment Terms
Your tuition payment is due upon receipt of the invoice; if payment is not received, we may release your space to another applicant. Please contact us at 206.675.8588 to discuss any extenuating circumstances affecting your prompt payment. Application fees and tuition are non-refundable.

Prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. We accept credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express), U.S. checks, and bank transfers. All payments must be in U.S. funds; we are unable to accept foreign checks. Please contact Customer Service at 206.675.8588 or at for more information about ACH or wire transfer payment options.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this training, there are no cancellations or substitutions available. If extenuating circumstances arise that prevent full attendance, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation. We will do our best to provide alternative options for completing training curriculum.

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Seat Availability for Onsite Events
The number of seats for our open-enrollment workshops and our application-based trainings is limited by the physical training space that is reserved for the event. Please complete your registration or submit your application at your earliest convenience, as we will not guarantee a seat for you until we have received your registration or tuition payment.

Special Accommodations
If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 four weeks prior to the training so that we may provide you with appropriate service.

Technical Requirements

Co-hosted by: New York Presbyterian Hospital

Training Location:

New York Presbyterian Westchester Division, Annex 2
21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605

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

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.

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