Who are the DBT Training Program faculty for 2020-2021?
Michael Bodtmann, LCSW
John Fredrickson, LCSW-R
Donald Nathanson, LCSW-R

Will my decision to enroll online for my first year negatively affect my chances of admission to the residential DBT Training program starting Summer after my first year?

Can students in the 16-month program apply?

Yes. Keep in mind, however, that the course load would be especially intensive given that the DBT Training program requires students to take two summer courses in addition to the summer courses required by the 16-month program.

Where do I find information about program requirements?
Please see the DBT Training Program blogsite at:


When will applications open for the 2021-2022 DBT Training Program?
Applications may be submitted at any time after October 1, 2020 and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Do I have to be enrolled at CSSW to apply to the DBT training program?

Yes, only matriculated students are eligible to apply.

How many additional credits are required ?


Will I be required to take summer courses if I am accepted to the DBT training program?

Yes, students participate in online study and on-campus preparatory classes from May through August of their first summer. Additionally, students participate in a full week of DBT Intensive Training in August.

Will participation in the DBT Training Program provide me with certification in DBT?

No, certification is provided by the DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, a legally separate 501c6 organization. Upon completion of the CSSW DBT training program students are well prepared to apply and begin work toward certification. Many students are eligible and able to the DBT certification examination upon graduation. There is a discounted student application fee, and and during the pandemic crisis, deadlines for completing applications have been waived.

Where can I find information about DBT training outside of Columbia University?