Pre-Treatment: Setting the Stage for DBT Stage 1


Course Description:

The Pre-Treatment phase of DBT Stage 1 is described as a series of sessions with a goal of keeping the client from dropping out of treatment prematurely (Linehan, 1993).  In order to do this, the therapist must provide orientation to the treatment, its modes, functions, roles of providers while providing information that informs the client’s expectations from the treatment.  Simultaneously, the DBT therapist is assessing history, current behaviors, determining Life Worth Living Goals, primary targets and moving into commitment to the treatment, its agreements and its various modes.  Because of research needs, pre-treatment was defined as four sessions.  Thus, four sessions has become the standard for DBT pre-treatment.   There are a multitude of tasks to be completed in those four sessions and there has always been discussion about when the client can begin treatment during the process. 

This 2-hour webinar is designed to describe the tasks of pre-treatment, discuss various ordering of those tasks and define when a client may effectively enter into treatment. 

Course Schedule:

  1. Overview of Pre-Treatment Tasks
  2. Determining the Order of Pre-Treatment Tasks
  3. When Can a Client Begin Treatment
  4. Using the Drop Out Rule in Pre-Treatment

Course Objectives: 

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose of pre-treatment in DBT;
  2. List the tasks of DBT pre-treatment;
  3. Explain the principles used in determining when a client may begin treatment;
  4. Describe the use of the drop out rule in pre-treatment.

Registration & Tuition: 

$75 per person (USD)

Payment options: Credit card, PayPal or check (you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay online, just choose “guest checkout”). 

Checks payable to: Treatment Implementation Collaborative and mailed to: 6327 46th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136.

Registration is not guaranteed until full payment is received. 

CEU Information:

Participants who pass the post training quiz with a score of 80% or higher, will receive a letter of completion for APA (4 hours) or DBT-LBC continuing education hours. 

APA credit of 4 hours will be provided upon completion of the course.  One hundred percent (100%) participation in the live class or 80% on post-training quiz is required for continuing education credit.  No partial credit will be given. Treatment Implementation Collaborative, LLC (TIC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  TIC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


- If you are registering someone else, please enter your name in the BILLING section and the participant's name in the PARTICIPANT section. If you are registering more than one person, please add the additional names AND email addresses in the GROUP section. We MUST have emails for all participants to complete their registrations.  

- After your payment is received, we will send you an email with instructions on how to access the course. Depending on the day and time of your order, this can take up to 24 hours. Orders received on Friday afternoons will be processed on the following Monday. 

Pre-Treatment Stage 1 DBT
  • Item #: Pre-TX2022
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Tuition $75.00