2- Day Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

This 2-Day introduction to DBT training is intended for persons who serve adults through CMH, CMH Service Providers, PIHP, PIHP providers in the state of Michigan that are who are interested in learning the theoretical underpinnings of the treatment.  It will explain what the key ingredients are in DBT that makes 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 towards 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.


Featuring:  Josh Smith, MSW, LMSW, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician.

Upon Josh getting his Master's Degree in Social Work in 2002, Josh 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.