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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C) Training for Experienced Clinicians (SOLD OUT)

Level 4
Live, Remote, Instructor-led — co-hosted by: Life Development Resources

Part 1: October 16-18 & October 23-25, 2020
Part 2: April 16-18, 2021 & April 23-25, 2021

Training Description

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C) Training for Experienced Clinicians is a comprehensive course designed for those who have attended the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive™ or Foundational training who are interested in the application of DBT with children. This training is intended for clinicians invested in learning DBT-C to a high standard in order to better implement the treatment in their setting. It includes content on child individual counseling, didactics on emotions, parent training component and DBT-C skills.

Primary Objective: As a result of this training participants will be able to do DBT with children.

Training is conducted in two three-day sessions of instruction divided by six to nine months of home study and monthly consultations via teleconference.

⦁ In Part 1, lectures and small group exercises are used to teach DBT-C strategies in depth.

⦁ Between Parts 1 and 2 participants consolidate and apply their learning with the help of practice assignments. During this time, teams design and begin implementing their own DBT-C program or integrate DBT-C into an ongoing treatment setting. Monthly 1-hour consultation is provided by DBT- C experts to teams. Consultation is designed to help build or integrate DBT-C into practice settings, improve understanding of the material, and enhance effectiveness of program implementation.

⦁ In Part 2, each team presents their work and receives expert consultation on specific cases. Teams are provided with further practice on application of techniques and identification of strategies.

Learning Objectives: 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine who might benefit from DBT-C.
  2. Convey evidence for model to clients & stakeholders.
  3. Describe how DBT-C was developed from standard DBT.
  4. Describe the biosocial model for severe emotion dysregulation and corresponding behavioral dyscontrol in preadolescent children.
  5. List the treatment hierarchy of DBT-C.
  6. Structure DBT-C to meet the required functions of treatment.
  7. Help parents understand the dialectical dilemmas of parenting.
  8. Help parents learn Behavior Change Model and create a change-ready environment.
  9. Introduce parents to behavior modification techniques.
  10. Help parents implement behavior management plans.
  11. Help parents create a validating environment.
  12. Help parents understand and overcome their difficulties with implementing techniques.
  13. Teach parents and children to engage in problem solving.
  14. Teach parents and children how to do cognitive restructuring.
  15. Conduct behavioral analysis with children.
  16. Conduct exposures with children.
  17. Teach parents and children to understand emotion.
  18. Describe the DBT-C Emotion Change Model.
  19. Teach DBT-C skills training.
  20. Structure the DBT-C program to fit your setting.

Eligibility & Requirements:

This is a Level 4 training. Our Level 4 trainings allow experienced DBT therapists to advance and sustain their DBT knowledge. We define “experienced” as those who have completed our Level 3 training (or equivalent comprehensive training) and provide DBT in their clinical work.

Participants are expected to be mental health professionals who have attended DBT Intensive or Foundational training, have at least one year of experience delivering DBT, and currently work with pre- adolescent children.

The DBT-C training involves rigorous preparation, training, and homework. The course is designed to model basic elements of the treatment in an experiential way. Just as DBT-C requires families to make a full commitment to treatment and to attend all sessions, DBT-C training requires participants to attend the entire training, do their best to learn the material, and to participate in a willing, committed manner.


Please note that the  times below are in Central time.
General Schedule for Part 1 (Live virtual event: October 16-18 & October 23-25, 2020)
8:30      9:00   Log-in and Test Set-up
9:00     10:15   Session 1
10:30    11:45   Session 2
12:00      1:15   Session 3
General Schedule for Part 2 (Live virtual event: April 16-18 & April 23-25 2021)
8:30      9:00   Log-in and Test Set-up
9:00     10:15   Session 1
10:30    11:45   Session 2
12:00      1:15   Session 3
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.


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.

Donald Nathanson, LCSW

Donald Nathanson, LCSW is a clinician specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy currently in private practice in Westchester County, New York.  Previously, he was clinical faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he co-directed an outpatient adolescent DBT program, and was the clinical director of the Youth-Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program.  Notably, Donald has helped to both clinically research and provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Pre-Adolescent Children (DBT-C).  He received his graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2012. Donald has an extensive research experience working on NIMH-funded trials investigating the feasibility and efficacy of behavioral interventions for pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Disorder, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.


In order to attend, a participant must:

  • Be invested in learning DBT for Children to a high standard in order to better implement the treatment in their usual settings.
  • Agree to attend and fully participate in the entire training in a willing, committed manner.
  • Have Intensive or Foundational Training in DBT.
  • Must work with preadolescent children.
  • Submit the application and application fee.

All team members must have read the following prior to Part 1:

Study Resources

Check out this video clip from one of our past webinars about DBT for Children. This is just a taste of the content you will learn at this event:



Tuition per person $2,650

Application Form

Application Fee $0

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 April 3, 2020.

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.

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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

Training Location:

This training is now live-remote instructor-led.

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.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors 

Behavioral Tech is approved by the NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals, Provider #77431. You will receive a letter via email documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity. The allotted contact hours for this activity = 40.5. 

Mental Health Counselors 

Behavioral Tech is approved by a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™), ACEP No. 5885. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Behavioral Tech, LLC, is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Behavioral Tech will email you a letter documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity. The allocated clock hours for this activity = 40.5. 


Behavioral Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Continuing Medical Education is accepted by the ANCC for nursing certification renewal. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this activity = 40.5. At the end of the training, each Nurse must complete and sign the provided form to record the number of credits claimed. Keep one copy & return the other copy to Behavioral Tech. 


Behavioral Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this activity = 40.5. At the end of the training, each Physician must complete and sign the provided form to record the number of credits claimed. Keep one copy & return the other copy to Behavioral Tech. 


Behavioral Tech is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Behavioral Tech maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Behavioral Tech will email you a letter documenting your attendance after successful completion of the program and homework. The number of hours Behavioral Tech has allocated within APA guidelines = 40.5. 

Social Workers- WA 

Behavioral Tech will apply to the NASW, Washington State Chapter, Provider Number 1975-166, to offer continuing education for Certified Social Workers. Behavioral Tech will email a certificate of attendance upon 100% completion of this activity. The hours of CE allocated for this activity = 40.5. 

Marriage & Family Therapists-MN 

Behavioral Tech will apply to the Minnesota Board of Marriage & and Family Therapy. The hours of CE allocated for this activity = 40.5. 

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