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SOLD OUT - Virtual 5-Day DBT Comprehensive Training

Information Details
Start Date Monday, May 24, 2021
End Date Friday, May 28, 2021
Event Times
Zoom log-in begins at 8:30am
Training runs 9:00am-4:00pm each day
Event Details

This training is now SOLD OUT, please email Bethany Rademacher at to be placed on a waiting list or there are still spots available in the September training dates.

Registration closes 5 business days prior to the training.  *Note: Due to the limited amount of spots in these trainings, each organization is limited to a maximum of 3 registrants

• This training is designed for CMH, CMH service providers, PIHP, and PIHP service provider staff who are directly responsible for delivering DBT. 
• Due to the fact DBT is a comprehensive treatment that treats high-risk individuals, one’s core training ought to be comprehensive as well.
• IT IS EXPECTED THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL MAKE A FULL COMMITMENT TO ATTEND ALL 5 DAYS mindfully and will participate fully in discussion, role-plays and complete daily homework assignments. 
• Participants are asked to bring a copy of “Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder” by Marsha Linehan, PhD, with them to the training. There will be nightly reading assignments from the text. 
• This is NOT a training that teaches DBT skills. There will be very little focus on DBT skills. The majority of the focus of this training will be to help clinicians on how to conduct individual DBT sessions. If your goal is to come to this training in order to learn DBT skills, do not attend. By attending, you understand and consent to knowing this ahead of time.

Virtual Participation Guidelines:  
You are expected to actively participate in the virtual training. See below for additional information about virtual education recommendations and requirements. 

  • After registering through the CMHA website, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Payment must be received 5 business days prior to the training.
  • One week prior to the training, we will send you an email which will include a link to register for the training in Zoom. You will only be sent this link if you have paid for the training.
  • Your Zoom confirmation email will include the link to access the training for the dates scheduled, these links are specific to the registrant, each individual will need their own unique link.   It is recommended that you save the Zoom link in your calendar for easy access the day of the training.
  • You must watch the virtual training LIVE to receive credit for the training.
  • Only 1 participant per Zoom link/device—each registrant will need to log in individually for accurate CE participation tracking.
  • Video camera must be on at all times and showing the individual (unless directed otherwise by presenter). Telephone only option is not acceptable.
  • We do not allow for training participants to be in their automobile/driving during trainings due to Michigan Distracted Driving Laws. Here is a link that has more information on Distracted Driving.
  • Lack of response to multiple chats directly from moderators may impact your ability to receive continuing education credits.
  • It is recommended that attendees log into the Zoom waiting room at least 15 minutes before the training begins.
  • Registration reports will indicate arrival and departure times (note for continuing education you must be logged into the virtual training within 5 minutes of the start of the training).
  • Polls and/or quizzes will be randomly given with a limited time for attendees to respond. This is required for continuing education.
  • Internet: A strong internet connection is highly recommended. If your internet service is not able to stream videos, it will likely not be strong enough to support a virtual training. You will want a minimum upload speed of 5mbps. If technology may be an issue for you, please contact CMHA at 517-374-6848 to discuss options further.
  • Each training takes place in the time zone of its location and all agenda times reflect that.
  • After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training, completed the quiz/polls and evaluation (via Google Forms), your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training.

$250 per person.  
The fee includes electronic training materials and CEs for all 5 days.
Day 1
8:30–9:00am - Zoom log-in
9:00–10:30am - Overview of Theoretical Underpinning of DBT & Pre-Treatment: Getting the Client Prepped
10:30–10:45am - Break
10:45am–12:00pm - The reason DBT uses irreverent communication
12:00–12:45pm - Lunch Break
12:45– 2:30pm - Distinguish between "negotiables” and “non-negotiables” & Translate Stage 1; Target behaviors onto a diary card
2:30–2:45pm - Break
2:45–4:00pm - Explain the role of pre-treatment in DBT
4:00pm - Conclusion of Day 1

Day 2
8:30–9:00am - Zoom log-in
9:00–10:30am - Identify targeted behaviors as life threatening behavior
10:30–10:45am - Break
10:45am–12:00pm - Identify targeted behaviors as therapy interfering behavior
12:00–12:45pm - Lunch Break
12:45–2:30pm - Three commitment strategies used in DBT; What is validation and why it is used in DBT
2:30–2:45pm - Break
2:45–4:00pm - 6 levels of validation
4:00pm - Conclusion of Day 2

Day 3
8:30–9:00am- Zoom log-in
9:00–10:30am - “Radical genuineness”
10:30–10:45am - Break
10:45am–12:00pm - First four sessions in pre-treatment & Beginning strategies in individual therapy
12:00–12:45pm - Lunch Break
12:45– 2:30pm - Implement 5 steps to conduct behavioral chain analysis & Reasons behind using behavioral chain analysis
2:30–2:45pm - Break
2:45–4:00pm - Identify behaviors targeted as “active passivity”
4:00pm - Conclusion of Day 3

Day 4
8:30–9:00am - Zoom log-in
9:00–10:30am - Identify behaviors targeted as “apparent competence” and “unrelenting crisis”
10:30–10:45am - Break
10:45am–12:00pm - Identify behaviors targeted as “inhibited grieving” and “emotional vulnerability” & Identify behaviors targeted as “self-invalidation”
12:00–12:45pm - Lunch Break
12:45–2:30pm - 3 DBT skills that treat “active passivity” & 3 DBT skills that treat “apparent competence” and “unrelenting crisis”
2:30–2:45pm - Break
2:45–4:00pm - 3 DBT skills that treat “inhibited grieving”
4:00pm - Conclusion of Day 4

Day 5
8:30–9:00am - Zoom log-in
9:00–10:30am - 3 DBT skills that treat “emotional vulnerability”
10:30–10:45am - Break
10:45am–12:00pm - 3 DBT skills that treat “self-invalidation” & 3 arbitrary rules of treating suicidal clients in DBT
12:00–12:45pm - Lunch Break
12:45–2:30pm - 5 known short-term risk factors for suicide; Roles of individual therapist and team with clients in crisis
2:30–2:45pm - Break
2:45–4:00pm - Differentiate between consultation-to-the patient strategies vs. consultation-to-the environment strategies
4:00pm - Conclusion of Training
Who Should Attend

This event is sponsored by the adult mental health block grant and is intended only for persons who serve adults through the mental health and substance abuse provider network in the state of Michigan. It contains content appropriate for CEOs, COOs, clinical directors, supervisors, case managers, support coordinators, therapists, crisis workers, peer support specialists and any other practitioners at the beginning, advanced and supervisory levels of practice.

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 27.5 Continuing Education Hours:  
Social Workers: This course qualifies for a maximum of 27.5 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. Qualifies as “face-to-face (in-person) education.”
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 27.5 related contact hours. It is important that attendees keep a copy of the training brochure containing the descriptions along with their attendance record form. Qualifies as “in-person education.”
Certificate Awarded: After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training (see Virtual Participation section), completed the quiz and evaluation, your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training.
Certificate Issued By: Christina Ward, Director of Education & Training;; 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 CEs 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 CEs in the future. This rule will be strictly followed.
Cancellation Policy
Substitutions are permitted up to 5 business days prior to the training. 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. Refunds will be issued within 90 days of the training. You will receive a refund receipt to the email address provided when the original payment was made. If you have not received a receipt, please email your request to with registrant and organization name, training name and date, and order number.
Grant Funding/Sponsors
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.