why-choose-compass-innerWe are a leader in training the mental health community in proven, evidence-based treatments. Executive Director Cherie Mills, LMFT has trained UCI Child and Adolescent psychiatry fellows in DBT for the past ten years.

In addition, Compass Behavioral Health currently offers a regular educational series for clinicians called Learning Community. Learning Community is a six-week, two-hour course that covers the most essential techniques of DBT therapy. This community also assists therapist in becoming certified in DBT by providing education and support for learning the essentials of the Core Text by Dr. Marcia Linehan (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder). Learning Community is held Fridays from 10-12.

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$1300 per person | 20 spots available | November 11th-14th, 2017


At the end of the Intensive you will be 50 minutes driving distance from the ISITDBT Conference on November 15th in San Diego, CA. This small venue will allow more discussion, question and answer time with Dr. Harned and hands on learning.


This 4-day workshop is designed to provide intensive training in how to integrate PTSD treatment into standard DBT. Participants will learn the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for treating PTSD, one of the newest developments in DBT research and practice. This protocol can be added to standard DBT to allow for integrated treatment of PTSD, suicidal and self-injurious behavior, and other co-occurring problems. Participants will learn how to use DBT strategies to prepare high-risk and multi-problem clients for the DBT PE protocol as well as how to determine when clients are ready to begin formal PTSD treatment. The structure and procedures of the DBT PE protocol will be taught in a session- by-session format with extensive opportunities to watch video examples and practice delivering each of the primary treatment components. Particular attention will be paid to discussing strategies for overcoming common problems that arise during PTSD treatment with high-risk and multi-problem clients as well as how to tailor the treatment to address the complex characteristics of this client population.

Melanie S. Harned, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington where she works as the Research Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. She is the developer of the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol and has received several grants from NIMH to develop and evaluate this approach to treating PTSD in high-risk and multi-diagnostic individuals. She has also received multiple NIH-funded grants to develop and evaluate technology-based methods for disseminating and implementing evidence-based treatments into clinical practice. Since 2005, she has served as Co-Investigator on Dr. Marsha Linehans NIH-funded research to evaluate DBT in diverse client populations. She regularly provides training and consultation nationally and internationally in DBT and DBT PE. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington.

Trevor Schraufnagel, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Washington where he was a clinical trainee of Dr. Marsha Linehans and a study therapist in Dr. Harneds research to evaluate the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol. He has provided DBT and exposure-based treatments in numerous settings, including academic and group practice clinics, solo private practice, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. As clinical faculty at the University of Washington, he continues to supervise doctoral students providing DBT and DBT PE at Dr.Linehans Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. He is also a supervising psychologist at the Anxiety Disorder Clinic in UCLAs Department of Psychiatry as well as in the primary training clinic in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. He is licensed as a psychologist in California and Washington.


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