The Bridge Training Institute offers continuing education workshops and personalized consultation services that focus on evidence-based and best practice treatment models for human services professionals and licensed clinicians.  Our training and consultation services help you to develop proven and effective clinical skills.  You will always come away with tools that you can put into practice the next day.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultation Team
A weekly, online professional development experience

The DBT Consultation team is often referred to as "therapy for the therapist." The team's role is to "help the therapist think clearly about how to conceptualize the patient, the relationship, and behavioral change in DBT theoretical terms, and how to apply the treatment skillfully." (Linehan, 1993, p. 428). The team also helps each member maintain balanced attitudes and behaviors toward clients and members act as cheerleaders to maintain the motivation of each member.
From: DBT-Linehan Board of Certification website  https://dbt-lbc.org/index.php?page=101147#consultation


As you know from your DBT training, the Consultation Team is critical to ensuring that you are delivering effective treatment. The Consultation Team also provides the ongoing learning, support and encouragement every therapist needs to keep going in the face of enormous clinical challenges.

What 
The Bridge Training Institute is offering an ongoing, online Consultation Team led by 2 highly skilled and experienced leaders. Membership is limited to 8 people. Each session will conform to the Consultation Team principles and format specified by Marsha Linehan. For a very detailed description of the Consultation Team, please see: https://dbt-lbc.org/index.php?page=101147#consultation.

When
The Consultation Team meets for 90 minutes every Tuesday, 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM EST in a video-conference format. A computer, tablet or cell phone with a camera is all the technology you will need. A high-speed internet connection is recommended.

The Learning Objectives
During the Consultation Team, participants will: 

  • Utilize the Behavioral Agreements of the DBT Consultation Team
  • Utilize the Consultation Team Agreements
  • Participate in a variety of mindfulness practices
  • Utilize DBT Consultation Team Agenda Setting
  • Participate in Case Consultation (based on hierarchy of targets and urgency ratings);
  • Participate in learning and practicing DBT Skills and Concepts

The Continuing Education Credits
CEUs will be awarded every 6 weeks as follows:
Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers - 4.5 Credits
Massachusetts Psychological Association (APA)- 9 Credits
Massachusetts Mental Health Counselor Association (LMHC) - 9 Credits 

Please note: You must attend at least 5 of the 6 sessions to receive your CEUs. We are not permitted to offer partial credit.

The Cost  
The cost of membership in the Consultation Team is $150 per month. The benefits of membership include: participation in the weekly 90-minute Consultation Team sessions; unlimited access to the DBT Insiders Page at www.thebridgetraininginstitute.org; DBT documents created by team leaders such as skills group handouts and diary cards and; access to the most current research studies and new developments in DBT treatment.

We will charge your credit card each month 15 days in advance. Your company may also pay for your membership through a recurring purchase order that allows us to invoice for your membership on a monthly basis. You may cancel your membership at any time.

Who Should Participate
Members should have a strong training and/or direct supervised experience in DBT and be actively leading DBT skills groups or providing DBT individual therapy

Questions?
Please contact: Stephen Murphy, Stephen.murphy@thebridgecm.org, 508-755-0333 or Jennifer Eaton, Jennifer.eaton@thebridgecm.org, 508-755-0333

Click Here for the Consultation Team registration form.

Your Team Leaders
The Consultation Team will be led by 2 seasoned DBT experts who will support your learning and practice.

Jen EAtonJennifer Eaton, M.S., LMHC, is the Director of DBT Training and Consultation for The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc. In this capacity Ms. Eaton provides training and consultation to agencies across the country.  She also provides consultation to DBT programs at The Bridge, including programs that serve adolescents, young adults, mentally ill adults, adult women with physical disabilities and traumatic brain injury, and adults with developmental disabilities.  Ms. Eaton has extensive experience providing DBT treatment and has supervised clinicians and interns.

Ms. Eaton, holds a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She was intensively trained in DBT by Dr. Charles Swenson and completed an Advanced Intensive Training under Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT. Ms. Eaton has presented numerous times at the annual ISITDBT Conference, and at various local and national conferences.

Ms. Eaton has consulted and trained many organizations including: the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, the New York State Office of Development Disabilities, the Alabama Mentoring Network, The Denver Health Systems, The Mental Health Association of Lowell, Community Counseling of Bristol County, Baycove Human Services, and The Key Program.

https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/93d348f7001/8ecad56b-fed3-4e77-b0ef-e3dd2de5e5d6.jpgTom D'Alessandro, M.S.W, LICSW, is the owner of Greater Essex Therapy (www.GETtherapy.net) in Middleton, MA and is a highly trained and experienced DBT practitioner. In addition to his private practice, Mr. D'Alessandro serves as the lead DBT Coach for the Northeast area of the Department of Youth Services.  Mr. D'Alessandro also uses his status as a Diplomat in CBT to foster a practice adherent to other behavioral guidelines.

Mr. D'Alessandro holds a Masters Degree in Social Work through Boston University, with a focus in group work.  He has been immersed in DBT since 2008 and completed the DBT intensive training with Behavioral Tech, through the Linehan Institute in 2013.  During his DBT training Mr. D'Alessandro served as Team Leader for his online DBT Consultation Team and has been a member of an online consultation team since 2013.  In his role as a DBT coach, Mr. D'Alessandro provides consultation to staff working with at-risk youth that are in various levels of incarceration.  He also has extensive experience running DBT skills groups for adolescents and adults.

Mr. D'Alessandro maintains a behavioral approach in his work with various populations, such as individuals with substance use disorders and those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. He believes that DBT is life skills training that we can all benefit from learning, using and teaching.

Click here for the Consultation Team registration form.