The Bridge Training Institute offers continuing education workshops and personalized consultation services that focus on evidence-based and best practice treatment models for human services professionals and licensed clinicians.  Our training and consultation services help you to develop proven and effective clinical skills.  You will always come away with tools that you can put into practice the next day.

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training Series

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a leading example of an evidence-based practice. Originally developed as an outpatient treatment, DBT has more recently been applied in diverse settings such as public schools, community-based group homes, hospitals and outreach treatment settings.

DBT has been proven to be effective with people who are in persistent emotional distress, have chronically unstable relationships, and present with recurrent self-injury and/or suicidal behavior. DBT has been used to treat high performing, but distressed students, seriously disturbed adolescents, people with eating disorders, substance use disorders and people with persistent mental illness and/or developmental disabilities.

DBT is a supportive and collaborative treatment that emphasizes skill-building and highly individualized treatment plans. The treatment is delivered as a package that includes DBT Skills Groups and Individual Therapy along with a Consultation Team for therapists and Coaching for clients in crisis.

This rigorous and comprehensive training series will provide the clinician with a full understanding of all aspects of DBT theory and clinical practice. In addition, the content of these trainings will prepare you to meet the education requirement for DBT credentialing developed by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. See details at

The training is presented in 2 parts:

A 6 part half-day virtual DBT Skills Training Track 

A 6 part half-day virtual DBT Individual Therapy Track 



Elizabeth Plante, MA, LMHC, DBTC is a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy clinician through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. Ms. Plante received her Master’s Degree from Assumption College with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Children and Families. Ms. Plante was also awarded a certificate in CBT through the Aaron T. Beck Institute in Cognitive Studies at Assumption College. Ms. Plante has received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy under Charlie Swenson and advanced intensive training under Marsha Linehan. Ms. Plante is the Director of DBT and Trauma Services at Open Sky Community Services. In this capacity, she oversees implementation of DBT and Trauma Services throughout the agency including training, supervision, and consultation.

Ms. Plante has provided DBT and CBT to individuals for the past 18 years. She leads several consultation teams, both within the agency as well as in the community. She co-developed and facilitated the Training Institute’s DBT series as well the agency’s internal staff and clinical training series. She has facilitated both day-long trainings as well as shorter trainings individually tailored to meet the needs of specific programs. Ms. Plante has experiencing in doing DBT consultation and training for the Department of Youth Services, school systems, and other non-profit agencies. Ms. Plante is also trained in CR for PTSD and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. In addition, she is working toward becoming a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher.