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SfDBT Annual Conference 16th November 2020

NEWS!!!! Thank you for all your interest. The conference is now closed for registration.

You will be sent a Survey Monkey on the 29th of October 2020 which will enable you to select your parallel sessions. You will need to reply by the 8th of November 2020 to ensure you get your choices.

We look forward to seeing you at the Zoom conference!

Charlie Swenson, author of DBT Principles in Action and provider of the webcast To Hell and Back will deliver this year’s keynote address entitled: How to get Your DBT Therapy Unstuck. This year’s conference will also consist of parallel sessions on special topics in DBT. There will be opportunities for networking throughout the day as well.

Conference Schedule

View the conference schedule here You will be asked to select two parallel sessions via a Survey Monkey link that will come to you via email on the 29th of October. Please reply by the 8th of November at the latest.



September, 2020

Charlie Swenson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, attended Harvard College and Yale Medical School.  He trained in psychiatry at Yale University and trained in psychoanalysis in New Haven, Connecticut.  From 1982 to 1996 he directed long term inpatient and day treatment programs for individuals with borderline disorders at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York where he was mentored by Otto Kernberg.  While at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, he also developed a DBT inpatient program.  He moved to Massachusetts in 1996 and accepted a faculty position at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He served as the Medical Director and Senior Psychiatrist of the Department of Mental Health in Western Massachusetts from 1997 to 2010 and continues still to consult weekly on the treatments of the most difficult clients.  Since 1993, Dr. Swenson has implemented, supervised, practiced, and written about DBT.  He has trained thousands of other DBT therapist.  He sees adults, families, and adolescents in treatment.  He has published more than 25 articles and book chapters about DBT and the treatment of borderline disorders, including the 2016 book, DBT Principles in Action: Change, Acceptance, and Dialectics (Guilford Press).

Charlie lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife, Meredith Gould, who is a clinical psychologist, two boys, ages 22 and 25, and two dogs.  If he had not become a psychiatrist, he would have enjoyed being a college basketball coach.   

Registration will be available very soon and you must register though this website by the 10th of November 2020 to avoid disappoint. The day costs £20 for members and £25 for non members. Any questions, please contact


We look forward to seeing you there.

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