DBT - Changing Patient Behavior in Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

              Department of Psychiatry               
              Mental Health Conference Planning

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization


Changing Patient Behavior in Dialectical Behavior Therapy:
Skills Training and Coaching New Behavior©  


April 19-20, 2017

The University Club
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 

Course Director
Tiffany Painter, MSW, LCSW

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A Joint Effort Sponsored by Community Care Behavioral Health
and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC


Changing Patient Behavior in Dialectical Behavior Therapy:Skills Training and Coaching New Behavior©  


The University Club
Pittsburgh, PA
April 19-20, 2017 


This training is designed to orient staff who will be working in the context of a DBT program. It will emphasize the content of the four Skills Training Modules in DBT: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills. It is designed to support those leading skills training group, providing DBT individual psychotherapy, DBT case managers and anyone who will function to coach patients in the behavioral skills they learn in DBT. The emphasis is on learning the skills in DBT as well as how to coach behavioral skills “on the fly” with patients.

Who Should Attend

Psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians, including nurses, social workers, psychologists, service coordinators, researchers, and others who intend to learn and keep current regarding Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as mode of treatment. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the foundations of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Explain the purpose of skills training in DBT
  • Lead mindfulness skills for staff or patients
  • Teach the core mindfulness skills to others
  • Teach the distress tolerance skills to others
  • Teach the interpersonal effectiveness skills to others
  • Teach the emotion regulation skills to others
  • Review skills homework with patients
  • List the components of FAVOR
  • Coach behavioral skills with patients


Course Director

Tiffany Painter, MSW, LCSW

Program Director

Adult Mood and Anxiety Services

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Pittsburgh, PA


Training Description, Objectives & Schedule :: ©TIC 2016


The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action,

equal opportunity institution.


Faculty Best, M.Ed.

Helen has 18 years of experience supporting small and large scale DBT implementation initiatives across all types of settings. She has worked extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is well versed in system assessment, culture transformation, team formation, implementation, training, and sustainability plans for evidence based practices. In her role as President of TIC, Helen oversees development of all implementation initiatives, training plans, contracting, trainer assignments, training format development and customer relations.


Shari Manning, Ph.D.

Shari has 20+ years of experience as an administrator, clinician, researcher, supervisor, trainer and writer disseminating and supporting DBT. She is the author of Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder (2011, Guilford Press) and is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in DBT. She was the first person to bring DBT into a correctional setting, one of the first people to use DBT to treat adolescents, and is a supervisor for DBT therapists at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinic, Dr. Linehan’s lab at the University of Washington. She worked directly with Dr. Linehan as a co-trainer, business partner, and business administrator for over a decade, and has been the lead trainer on over 20 intensive training and implementation projects, co-leading 8 intensive trainings with Dr. Linehan and 3 Advanced Intensives. Her current focus is training, live and telephone/web-based supervision and consultation. She is one of the first people to receive certification from the Linehan Board of Certification (November 2015) and oversees the Work Sample Committee reviewing applicant submissions to the board. She also carries a caseload of suicidal, self-harming adult and adolescent DBT clients. In her current position as CEO of TIC, Shari leads all training initiatives, content and material development, continuing education, and customer relations. McCall, MA, LMHC

Annie McCall began training in DBT as a graduate student at New York University in 1999.  Since receiving her Masters degree in 2000, she has continued to develop her skills as a DBT practitioner, and has trained directly with DBT treatment developer Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. at the University of Washington.  She has served as a DBT research therapist in three clinical trials at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinic, Dr. Linehan’s research lab.  She has a private practice in the Seattle area offering individual DBT and other cognitive behavioral treatments to adolescents and adults. She is the co-founder of Youth and Family DBT of Seattle, which offers multi-family DBT skills groups and parent coaching workshops.  She specializes in exposure treatment for PTSD and other anxiety disorders.

In addition to her clinical work, McCall trains clinicians in the use of DBT as a contractor and consultant.  She trained for Behavioral Tech, LLC from 2009 – 2012 and is now working with the Treatment Implementation Collaborative, LLC.  She is a Washington State licensed mental health counselor.  


Annie is a Certified DBT Clinician by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (November 2015).



It is expected that all participants have the following books at the training:

1. Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition. New York: Guilford Press.

2. Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, Second Edition. New York: Guilford   Press.


Books will be available for sale at the conference.

Training Description, Objectives & Schedule :: ©TIC 2016


Day One

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.            Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.            Mindfulness Practice; 
verview of DBT 

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.          Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.        Overview of DBT (continued);

Introduction to Skills Training

11:30 am. – 12:30 p.m.         Lunch (on own)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.          Core Mindfulness Skills

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.            Break

 2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Core Mindfulness Skills, cont.;

 Distress Tolerance Skills; Homework Assignment

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.             Q&A, Evaluations

Day Two

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.              Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.              Mindfulness  
Homework Review; Distress Tolerance Skills; Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills 

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.          Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills;                             Emotional Regulation Skills

11:30 am. – 12:30 p.m.            Lunch (on own)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.             Emotional Regulation Skills, cont.

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.               Break         

2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.               Coaching with FAVOR

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.               Q&A, Evaluations

Training Description, Objectives & Schedule :: ©TIC 2016

Continuing Education Unit Credits


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This program is being offered for 13.5 continuing education credits.


Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors/Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professionals:  CADC/CCDP

The Office of Education and Regional Programming, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) continuing education credits.   This program is being offered for 13.5 continuing education credits.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.  This program is being offered for 13.5 continuing education hours. 


Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT

This program is offered for 13.5 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal.  For information on social work continuing education call (412) 624-3711. 


Other Healthcare Professionals

Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded 1.35 Continuing Education Units (CEU's).  One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours.  Nurses:  For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming 1.35 hours of continuing education.  These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania.  Peer Specialists:  This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.




The University Club
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate for this program at two hotels on or near the University of Pittsburgh Campus. For both hotels, room availability cannot be guaranteed after March 18, 2017.   

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place (shuttle service is available)

3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Standard Room Rate $139.00 (plus parking and tax)
Parking is $18 per day.

Group Name:  DBT Conference

Group Code: DBT


Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center (short walk to The University Club)

100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Standard Room Rate $139.00 (plus parking and tax)

Parking is $15 per day.

Block Code: 04186841WP  

Group Code:  0408684NN

Reservations:  412.682.6200 or


Registration Information (Registration is due by April 1, 2017) – MD06

We recommend that registration with credit card payments or registration with waived fees be made at:

Fee Schedule (Please circle the appropriate fee)

                                                       Before April 1, 2017     After April 1, 2017

Physician and Allied Health

Professionals                                             $300                  $350

UPMC, WPIC, University of Pittsburgh

Employees                                                  $250                   $300

Online Registration-Use Promo Code: DBT.UPMC

Student and Psychiatry Resident           
$200                 $250

  Online Registration-Use Promo Code: DBT.Student


Online Promo Codes must be utilized to adjust the fee to the appropriate amount as indicated above.                                               

Tuition includes:

  • Two day registration 
  • Continental breakfast  
  • Refreshments 
  • Continuing Education Credits


Instructions for Registering Online (      

  1. Click on ‘Register Now’ (small box at left bottom of page)
  2. When DBT Conference appears under ‘Shopping Cart’, click on ‘Checkout’ (think of this as ‘continue’)
  3. Register as a new registrant, or sign in if you already have an account (username is your e-mail).
  4. When DBT Conference appears, click on ‘Checkout’ (again, think of this as ‘continue’)
  5. Continuing Education CreditYou must complete this. Use dropdown list for credential or choose Not Applicable. Click on ‘continue’.
  6. Enter your promotional code if applicable (please see above). Please don’t forget to click on ‘Apply to Total’!
  7. Add credit card information if applicable, and click on ‘Process Payment’
  8. Complete transaction and print your receipt


    Only registration with credit card payments or waived fee can be made at:

    Full tuition must accompany registration.  A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations. No refunds can be issued once the program has begun.  If paying by check or a UPMC Account Transfer, please return the registration form with your tuition by April 1, 2017 to take advantage of the lowest tuition rate.

    Please send your check (payable to OERP/WPIC) or UPMC Account Transfer information with the registration form that can be found at:


    Nancy Mundy
    3811 O'Hara Street
    Champion Commons Building, Room 322
    Pittsburgh, PA  15213


    Telephone: 412-204-9090

    FAX: 412-204-9110

    E-MAIL: [email protected]



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    We encourage participation by all individuals.  If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you.  Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling Nancy Mundy at 412-204-9090.

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