Mclean Hospital

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD) Workshop Course Description

Continuing Education Offering: January 19-21, 2019

This 3-day course offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach DBT-PTSD. This course teaches mental health clinicians what they need to know to provide care for a wide range of patients experiencing PTSD after severe interpersonal violence, including individuals who present with a high burden of psychopathology such as highly dissociative symptomatology, chronic suicidality, and ongoing non-suicidal self-injury. Approximately 60% of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) suffer from severe co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mostly related to sexual abuse during childhood. Even successful standard dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) requires additional treatment with these clients. In cooperation with M. Linehan, at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany, a specific modular treatment program (DBT-PTSD) for this group of patients has been developed.

DBT-PTSD’s modular multi-component architecture allows sufficient flexibility to cover both complex psychopathology and crises of this complicated patient population within a principle-based structure. During the workshop, clinicians will learn the multiple phases of treatment in DBT-PTSD: strengthening of commitment and psychoeducation, skills training, skills-assisted exposure, radical acceptance of the past, and preparation for returning to everyday life.

Date: Saturday, January 19-Monday, January 21, 2019
Location: The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA
Tuition Fee: $1000
Provided by: Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute, McLean Hospital
CME Credits: 16.5
Course Director: Lois W. Choi-Kain, MD, MEd
Faculty: Martin Bohus, MD; Lois W. Choi-Kain, MD, MEd
Prerequisites: Knowledge of DBT is an advantage but not required


Target Audience

Physicians, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and other licensed mental health counselors.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Extend their knowledge in DBT to evidence-based treatment of co-occurring complex PTSD
  • Identify trauma-related cognitions
  • Describe how to handle prototypical escape and avoidance strategies
  • Motivate patients to engage in sensu-exposure
  • Effectively address severe dissociative states during exposure
  • Employ a newly adapted concept of compassionate mindfulness and strategies to enable and facilitate their patients in the process of radical acceptance


Saturday, January 19, 2019

8:00-9:00am – Registration and Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Theory and Data
10:30-10:45am – Break
10:45am-12:00pm – Principles and Structures of DBT-PTSD
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-2:30pm – The Model
2:30-2:45pm – Break
2:45-4:00pm – Compassionate Mindfulness

Sunday, January 20, 2019

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Treatment Phase 1: Commitment
10:3010:45am – Break
10:45am-12:00pm – Motivation; Individual Values, Aims and Motives
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-2:30pm – Individual Trauma Model
2:30-2:45pm – Break
2:45-4:00pm – Analysis of Escape and Avoidance Behavior

Monday, January 21, 2019

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Stress-Tolerance Skills
10:30-10:45am – Break
10:45am-12:00pm – Shame, Guilt, Disgust
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00-2:30pm – Skills Assisted Exposure
2:30-2:45pm – Break
2:45-4:00pm – Develop Your Life after PTSD

Faculty Information

  • Prof. Martin Bohus, MD, Chair of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Heidelberg University, Medical Faculty Mannheim; Scientific Director, Institute of Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
  • Lois W. Choi-Kain, MD, MEd, Director, Adult Borderline Center and Training Institute, Director, Gunderson Residence, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Continuing Education


McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 12 CE credits.


This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 12 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count toward 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Social Workers

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact the McLean Hospital Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at 617.855.3195 for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

McLean Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6085. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets the requirements for up to 12 NBCC hours.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations

Refund Policy

Due to the small nature of our trainings, the BPD Training Institute cannot offer any refunds. If the participant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.