Program Requirements & Recommended Plan

Interns in the DBT program are required to complete 75 credits, 15 more than the 60 credits required for the traditional MSW degree. The electives T7320 Adult Psychopathology and T7302 Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency are offered in the Fall, Spring AND Summer terms. Students may either enroll in one or both of those courses during the Spring semester of their first-year, the Summer after their first year, or in their final Spring semester. However, prospective DBT interns are strongly encouraged to enroll in Psychopathology during Spring of their first year, or summer following the first year.

SPRING First Year
  • T7320 Adult Psychopathology (3.0 credits)
SUMMER Required Courses

Students are required to enroll for 6 credits during summer session and attend classes over the 10 week standard summer session.

  • T6009:01:  Behavioral Assessment and Intervention (3.0 credits)
  • T6009:02:  DBT Practice (3.0 credits)

TOTAL                                                            6

FALL Second Year Sample Schedule
  • T6020 Field Education (4.5 credits)
  • T7113 Advanced Clinical Practice HMH (Ivanoff) (3.0 credits)
  • T6910 Platform course (Health/Mental Health or Contemporary social Issues) HMH (OR T6970 CSI) (3.0 credits)
  • T7501 Clinical Practice Evaluation (3.0 credits)
  • T7614 Behavioral Health in Corrections* (3.0 credits)
  • T7613 DBT Consultation Seminar (3.0 credits)

TOTAL                                                            19.5

SPRING Second Year Sample Schedule
  • T6020 Field Education (4.5 credits)
  • T7114 Advanced Clinical Practice mini courses -2 (3.0 credits)
    • Motivational Interviewing (option to take CSSW mini course OR complete external workshop)
  • T7613 DBT Consultation Seminar (3.0 credits)
  • T6009 Suicide & Advanced DBT Topics (3.0 credits)
  • T7302 Alcoholism/Chem Dep (3.0 credits)

TOTAL                                                            16.5

*Required only of students placed in correctional settings





8 thoughts on “Program Requirements & Recommended Plan”

  1. Hello

    Given that the DBT program is 15 credits longer than the traditional MSW, will that extend the program’s date beyond the 2 years required to complete the degree?

    1. Dear Bassam,

      No, the program can still be completed in two years. The extra credit hours include extra courses during the academic year and two courses during the summer between first and second year of the MSW program. Please let me know if you have any further questions about requirements or the application.
      Thank you,
      Andre Ivanoff

    1. Thank you for your interest in the DBT Intensive Training Program. I’m sorry, but at the present time we do not have an online option.

      Andre Ivanoff

  2. I still have a year left in undergrad but this program is the answer to everything I have been looking for. I want a MSW but a specialty in DBT to work with people that have substance use disorders. However, I would have to work while I’m in the process of getting my degree. I currently work full-time at a hospital based chemical dependency program. Do you think that is possible? I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around what that would look like. I would appreciate your thoughts very much.
    Thank you so much,

    1. Dear Jennifer,

      Thank you for your interest in the DBT Intensive Training program. Working outside class work and fieldwork would be extremely challenging while in the DBT Intensive Training Program, it is not impossible. We have two information sessions scheduled for December 11 12:30-1:30 and January 8 12:30-1:30 here at the School of Social Work that should answer most of your questions. You should also make an appointment with our Office of Advising to discuss your concerns.

      Andre Ivanoff

    1. Hi Ellen,
      Currently the program is only offered to 2 year residential students. Stay tuned for more information on our DBT minor that will be open to all students.

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