Welcome to all DBT clinicians interested in information about the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT). I am honored to be the ISITDBT Program Chair for 2012 and 2013. As the ISITDBT website is renovated, please look here for information about upcoming ISITDBT events.

ISITDBT: Save the Date and Call for Research Papers/Workshop Submissions

It is with great pleasure that I announce that this year’s International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) conference will be heldThursday, November 15, 2012 in National Harbor, MD. Once again, it will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Please consider joining us for what is sure to be an exciting program. More details about registration, schedule, poster presentations, etc. will be coming in the next few months.

In the meantime, please consider submitting a research paper or workshop proposal. Below are details for each. You are welcome to submit in either or both categories. Submissions are due June 1, 2012 and should be sent to

  • Research Papers. As in previous years, we will have a research panel in which individuals will present new data on DBT and DBT-informed studies. Appropriate studies include: randomized clinical trials, pilot trials of an adaptation or novel use of DBT, or basic studies on DBT-relevant topics such as emotion regulation, borderline personality disorder, suicidal behavior, and/or team or therapist behaviors. Submissions should include a title, list of authors and affiliations, and an abstract and should not exceed one page in length.
  • Workshops. Workshops will be 1.5 hours in length and should advance a participant’s knowledge of DBT (broadly defined). Experiential components are encouraged. Submissions should include a workshop title, list of presenters and affiliations, 3 learning objectives, and abstract. In addition, please specify whether material will be geared to one of three levels: basic (will be useful to all participants), novice (useful to individuals who are relatively new to DBT), or intermediate (requires a moderate degree of familiarity with DBT). Submissions should be no more than 1 page in length.

Adam C. Payne, Ph.D.