Annual Comprehensive DBT Training

The University of Washington Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences offers a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training program annually.

About DBT

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a behavioral treatment for suicidal and self-harming behavior. It was developed by Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, and has been tested in numerous large, rigorous, independently replicated studies. The research shows that DBT helps reduce suicidal and self-harming behavior, psychiatric hospitalizations, and treatment dropouts.

Who the Training Is For

This training is designed at the post-graduate level for clinicians looking to learn to deliver DBT or for those looking to refresh their DBT Skills. This training is not appropriate for graduate students who have not completed at least a 1-year treatment practicum experience (approximately 300 hours). 

There are three different training options to choose from. Note: Tier 3 is only available to UW trainees in select clinical programs. 

Tier 1: 2-Day DBT Overview Workshop

This virtual workshop is a two-day introduction to DBT. It is required to participate in Tiers 2 & 3.

  • Day 1 focuses on the theory and structure of DBT and provides an overview of treatment strategies. Presenter: Dr. Kate Comtois
  • Day 2 focuses on behavioral analysis, commitment, and crisis strategies with an emphasis on effective initial sessions with a DBT client. Presenter: Dr. Adam Carmel


  • Monday, July 8, 2024 9am – 4:00pm pst
  • Monday, July 15, 2024 9am – 4:00pm


  • Functioning camera and microphone to participate via Zoom

Tier 2: Seminar Series

The Seminar Series consists of 21 weekly sessions covering all the theoretical underpinning and major strategies of DBT, as well as applications with adolescents. It involves weekly reading, homework, and a self-graded final exam.

It is taught by a range of Seattle area supervising DBT clinicians.


  • Weekly on Mondays*, 11:30 – 1:00pm pst
  • July 22, 2024 – December 16, 2024
  • *No live sessions: 9/2/24, 10/14/24, 11/11/24


  • Complete 2-day workshop
  • Functioning camera and microphone to participate via Zoom

Tier 3: Clinical Training

Provides supervised individual and group therapy clinical experience with DBT. Available only to a limited number of psychology interns, psychiatry residents and fellows, social work practicum students, and psychology post-doctoral fellows in specific UW/SCH clinic rotations or fellowships.

Contact your residency or fellowship director or practicum supervisor for more information if interested.


  • In select clinical training program
  • Complete 2-day workshop
  • Enrolled in seminar series
  • Prior to selection of rotations for the 2024-2025 year, psychology residents confirm with Dr. Adam Carmel, social work practicum students confirm with Alison Kreiter, and all others meet with clinical training director, Dr. Kate Comtois, to confirm appropriate for the rotation

Additional Details


To meet the growing demand of DBT training in our community while keeping the program sustainable, we have adopted a pricing structure based on trainee role. Registration fees allow us to continue to offer high quality training each year.

Workshop Registration

Registration open now through July 7th.