ISITDBT is the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a system of behavior therapy developed by Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, a professor of psychology and a researcher at the University of Washington, to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) . DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Zen practice.
ISITDBT is a volunteer organization with the sole task of organizing an annual conference to bring together DBT clinicians from around the US and around the globe.
The first ISITDBT conference was held in 1996 and was chaired by Dr. Charles Swenson. The ISITDBT conference aims to provide workshops for clinical development of DBT skills or DBT program development, as well as research panels to disseminate information about the ongoing evidence base that underlies DBT.
The annual ISITDBT conference is held on the Thursday of the annual weekend conference of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
For 2017, ISITDBT will hold its 21th annual conference on November 16, 2017. The meetings will be held in San Diego, CA (location to be announced). Check in will start at 8AM on that date. More details to follow. Kelly Graling, Ph.D. and Andrada Neacsiu, Ph.D. will serve as ISITDBT Program Chairs for 2016 and 2017. Please e-mail them with any questions about the conference.