The DBT Seminar is held from July to December on Mondays evenings from 11:30am - 1 pm. These sessions are held virtually via Zoom.
Prerequisite: The 2-Day Summer Workshop taught by Drs. Kate Comtois and Adam Carmel (or equivalent training with prior approval)
- Webcam (or smartphone front-facing camera) access so that you can be seen on video during Zoom sessions. We ask that all participants remain on camera during every webcast seminar to facilitate the experience a virtual classroom (by minimizing offline distractions, reducing multi-tasking, increasing participation, and optimizing learning).
- Commitment to consistently attend, fully participate, and completing the seminar to the best of one's ability.
Readings: All required texts and readings can be found on the DBT Readings page.
Schedule: Please click here to view the schedule, readings, and assignments.
We recognize that completing this seminar is a big commitment and something that everyone is doing outside of regular work hours. To help support participants' commitment and success, and to provide participants with first-hand experience of behavior principles used in DBT, this seminar will be conducted with expectations similar to those of DBT skill training groups. The following expectations are adapted from Linehan's (2015) Skills Training Workbook (p. 12).
- Participants cannot drop out of the seminar. The only way out is to miss 4 consecutive sessions. In the meantime, seminar facilitator(s) will reach out to participants to troubleshoot barriers to attendance and participation.
- Participants will email firstname.lastname@example.org if they are going to be late or absent as a courtesy (these notifications does not excuse absences; 4-miss rule applies to missing for any reason).
- Participants who join the seminar support each other in their learning...
- Sign-on or arrive to seminar on time and stay the entire session.
- Participate fully during the seminar by answering presenter questions, joining group discussions and in-session small group activities (and minimizing offline distractions).
- Keep your webcam (or phone camera) on throughout the seminar so that you are visible to the presenter and your fellow participants. (If you are neither visible nor interactive through an entire seminar session, it will count as a miss).
- Make every effort to complete assigned readings and homework and come to seminar prepared. If you have questions about seminar handouts/notes or what the homework is for each week check on this website and consult with your fellow participants before emailing the training coordinator.
Grading: No grade or course credit is awarded for this training. Homework assignments and exam are self-graded to promote learning. A letter summarizing the training and trainee's participation and achievement will be written. Given that Dr. Comtois is an expert DBT trainer, this letter will stand as adequate documentation for most DBT related jobs. CE credits are also available for licensed professionals for a processing fee.