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Cancelled - DBT 2-Day Introduction - Traverse City

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Start Date Tuesday, April 14, 2020
End Date Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Event Times Registration check-in begins at 8:30am
Training runs 9:00am-4:00pm
Great Wolf Lodge
3575 N. US 31 S., Traverse City, MI 49684
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This training is now SOLD OUT.  Email Bethany Rademacher at to be placed on a waiting list. 

This 2-Day introduction to DBT training is intended for persons who serve adults through CMH, CMH Service Providers, PIHP, and PIHP providers in the state of Michigan who are interested in learning the theoretical underpinnings of the treatment. It will explain what the key ingredients are in DBT that make up its empirical base. A basic overview of the original DBT skills will be covered along with how to structure and format skills training groups. This training is targeted toward those who are new to DBT with limited experience and who are looking to fulfill the pre-requisite to attend more comprehensive DBT training in the future.

Fees $125 per person.
The fee includes training materials, continental breakfast and lunch for both days.
Agenda Day 1
8:30–9:00am - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:30am - Identify who developed DBT and what client population it was originally designed to treat
10:30–10:45am - Break
10:45–12:00pm - Identify what client population DBT is evidenced-based to treat; Explain the Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder
12:00–12:45pm - Lunch
12:45– 2:30pm - Define what it means to be dialectical; Identify the 5 Modes of comprehensive DBT
2:30–2:45pm - Break
2:45–4:00pm - Differences between DBT & DBT-Informed Therapy
4:00pm - Conclusion of Day 1

Day 2
8:30–9:00am - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:30am - Facilitators Roles in DBT Skills Training Group
10:30–10:45am - Break
10:45–12:00pm - Identify the 4 skills training modules taught in the original DBT Skills Training Manual; Core Mindfulness
12:00–12:45pm - Lunch
12:45–2:30pm - Distress Tolerance; Emotion Regulation
2:30–2:45pm - Break
2:45–4:00pm - Interpersonal Effectiveness
4:00pm - Conclusion of Training
Who Should Attend

This event is sponsored by the adult mental health block grant and is only intended for persons who serve adults through CMH, CMH Service Providers, PIHP, and PIHP providers in the state of Michigan. This seminar contains content appropriate for medical directors, clinical directors, case workers, supports coordinators, and other practitioners at all beginning level of practice.

Presenter(s) Josh Smith, MSW, LMSW, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician, Co-Owner of DBT Institute of Michigan

Upon Josh getting his Master's Degree in Social Work in 2002, he became an outpatient therapist for Pines Behavioral Health in Coldwater, Michigan. After leaving Pines, Josh went on to lead numerous DBT program development trainings in all levels of care (inpatient, partial/day programs, outpatient, residential and forensic) for both adolescents and adults. From 2005-2012, he was a trainer in DBT for PESI, LLC. During this time, he gave over 300 lectures on DBT all over the United States. From 2012-2015, he contracted with the Department of Corrections in the State of Wisconsin to help train and develop successful DBT programs within multiple adult correctional facilities. Josh is currently the trainer and consultant in DBT for various agencies across the country. Josh is a Clinical Instructor in the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University where he teaches DBT to MSW students as well as psychiatry residents. He currently provides supervision to a number of clinicians in DBT from across the country in a variety of settings. Josh is a Certified DBT Individual Therapist by the Linehan-Board of Certifiers.
CEUs 11 Continuing Education Hours:
Social Workers: This course qualifies for a maximum of 11 Continuing Education hours. The Community Mental Health Association is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC 060818.
Substance Abuse Professionals: CMHAM is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). CMHAM maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance Abuse Professionals participating in this training may receive a maximum of 11 related contact hours. It is important that attendees keep a copy of the training brochure containing the descriptions along with their attendance record form.
Certificate Awarded: At the conclusion of this conference, turn in your Certificate of Attendance form to the CMHAM Staff to be approved. You will turn in the top sheet & retain the bottom sheet which serves as your certificate. No other certificate will be given.
Certificate Issued By: Christina Ward, Administrative Executive;; 517-374-6848
Evaluation/Grievance: There will be an opportunity for each participant to complete an evaluation of the course and the instructor. If you have any issues with the way in which this conference was conducted or other problems, you may note that on your evaluation or you may contact CMHAM at 517-374-6848 or through our webpage at for resolution.
*National Accreditation rules indicate that if you are over 5-minutes late or depart early, you forfeit your CEUs for the entire training. Please note that this is a National rule that CMHAM must enforce or we could lose our provider status to provide CEUs in the future. This rule will be strictly followed.
Cancellation Policy Substitutions are permitted at any time. No-shows will be billed at the full training rate. Cancellations must be received in writing at least 10 business days prior to the conference for a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. If cancellation is received less than 10 business days prior to the training, no refund will be given.
Weather Policy Trainings will take place as scheduled and we will not be able to refund training fees. In the event of severe weather, please check the website for scheduling delays and event updates.
Grant Funding/Sponsors Mental Health Block Grant Language:
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, has provided funding for this initiative through Federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.

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