Research and Training Areas

The Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (BRTC) is a research and training center at the University of Washington (UW) that specializes in developing and evaluating new treatments for difficult-to-treat disorders and training therapists in the use of effective behavioral treatments for complex, multisystemic disorders. Our current research and training programs focus on:

  • Recurrent suicidal behaviors
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

The BRTC offers treatment to members of the community as part of our clinical research and training program. For more information, see our Current Research and Treatment Development Clinic.

The BRTC offers training to doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the UW Department of Psychology as part of our clinical research and training program. We aim to provide young investigators with the training, research, and clinical skills necessary for careers in clinical research with difficult-to-treat populations. Trainees learn to become DBT therapists through participation in the Treatment Development Clinic (TDC) training program. A major goal of the TDC is to produce motivated, compassionate, empathic, and scientifically rigorous clinician-scientists. Training consists of two parts. Part I involves coursework in the areas of behavioral assessment, behavioral therapy, mindfulness, suicide management, and DBT theory and strategy. Part II involves a clinical practicum. Trainees have opportunities to observe expert DBT clinicians, such as Dr. Linehan, in session. They are also required to provide direct clinical services to individual clients, lead a DBT skills training group, and attend a weekly DBT consultation team. All trainees are supervised by expert DBT clinicians.

In addition to training young investigators, Dr. Linehan also offers a weekly advanced DBT seminar to senior graduate students and expert DBT clinicians working on our clinical trials.

The BRTC also offers experimental trainings in DBT to mental health professionals around the world. For more information, see our DBT Experimental Training.