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Professional Training

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Groups Training Program

The Child Mind Institute School and Community Programs team is now offering professional training in our Dialectical Behavior Therapy Groups for Students (DBT-GS) intervention.

The DBT Groups for Students training program is geared to help school-based mental health providers deliver evidence-based group treatment for students experiencing intense emotions and difficulty managing their emotions.  DBT-GS is a treatment protocol for students ages 12-18 who are struggling to cope with intense emotions and behaviors.  Identified students participate in an 11-week small group intervention that focuses on evidence-based coping skills to manage intense emotions, thoughts, and urges. DBT-GS also includes ways to engage guardians and mental health providers in supporting their student in treatment.

The training is a full-day, five-hour overview of DBT Groups for Students. The training will review background on DBT, student recruitment, risk assessment, and the school-group intervention curriculum covering mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation coping skills.

Trainees must commit to attending twelve half-hour clinical supervision meetings during implementation of the intervention, to ensure successful service delivery. They must also commit to brief readings and viewing short DBT videos prior to the training.

All trained staff receive access to our comprehensive treatment manual including scripts, handouts, and workbooks for students. The training, materials, and data collection are conveniently hosted on our easy-to-use online training platform.

Trainees who return data on their delivery of the group treatment to at least one group of students will receive a certificate of completion.

Training Eligibility

This program is appropriate for NYC DOE school-based mental health professionals who work with middle or high school students, and can commit to the following:

  • Obtain approval to participate from their principal/administrator (signature required)
  • View pre-requisite brief videos and complete reading excerpts prior to the training
  • Attend an all-day training from the School and Community Programs team at the Child Mind Institute
  • Deliver the intervention to a minimum of one student group
  • Participate in at least twelve half-hour clinical supervision meetings following the training during implementation of the intervention
  • Collect measures pre- and post-intervention and provide data to the Child Mind Institute for review

If you are interested in receiving this training and have access to students with whom you may provide these supports this school year, we invite you to apply.

Training Details (NYC)


Date: Friday, January 20, 2023
Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Child Mind Institute Office, Midtown Manhattan

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The above training dates are for employees of NYCDOE schools.

If you are interested in a DBT-GS training for your school district, please contact professionaltraining@childmind.org.

Training Details (National)

Our School and Community Programs team would be happy to partner with your school, school district or organization if you would be interested in holding a training for your staff. If you are interested or have questions regarding our curriculums and training opportunities available through the Child Mind Institute, please reach out to professionaltraining@childmind.org.