Behavioral Tech, LLC Presents Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™

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FGCU co-hosts 10-day intensive training course for mental health professionals

Individuals with severe mental health issues such as BPD often require intensive and ongoing care, which DBT® is designed to provide.

Behavioral Tech, LLC, presents Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™, a 10-day course for mental health professionals June 3-7 and Dec. 16-20, co-hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University(FGCU) Counseling and Psychological Services, at the FGCU Cohen Center, Room 214.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, at the University of Washington, is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance abuse, anger, and interpersonal difficulties.

“Individuals with severe mental health issues such as BPD often require intensive and ongoing care, which DBT® is designed to provide,” said Carla Chugani, team leader for the FGCU DBT team. “Additionally, DBT® has been shown to assist these individuals in effectively managing this disorder, resulting in reduced utilization of community services such as hospitalization. This training represents a huge step forward in accessibility to DBT services for those who are in need as the FGCU DBT team is, to my knowledge, the only one operating anywhere in the five county area.”

Training is conducted in two, 5-day sessions of instruction divided by six months of home study. The first session consists of lectures, videos, and small group exercises to teach DBT theory and strategies in-depth. In the second session, teams present the programs they have developed and receive consultation on difficult cases they are currently treating.

Teams wishing to attend the training will need to submit an application to Behavioral Tech, LLC at

Application deadline is April 8, 2013.

For more information, contact Carla Chugani at (239) 590-7950, or Stephanie Sullivan at Behavioral Tech at (206) 675-8588.

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