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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Learning Pathway Component

Ryther uses Evidenced-Based Practices (EBP’s) such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) across numerous programs.  DBT is implemented as both a standalone modality in some programs (to fidelity) and DBT skills are utilized in conjunction with other modalities in other settings.  Interns in this Learning Pathway will gain experience in using DBT and other counseling skills in a variety of settings.

We are currently accepting the following internship applications for the DBT Learning Pathways:


No Openings.


1st Year / Generalist Master’s
2nd Year / Advanced Master’s

FALL 2024

1st Year / Generalist Master’s
2nd Year / Advanced Master’s


1st Year / Generalist Master’s


Common Learning Activities:

  • Co-facilitate both Intensive Outpatient and general Outpatient DBT  groups 1-2 afternoons/evenings per week

  • Provide individual and family therapy with a variety of outpatient clients

  • Attend weekly DBT-specific consultation group

  • Gain experience with in-person and virtual therapy

  • Learn from weekly Individual and group supervisions

  • Collaborate at weekly team meetings, including multi-disciplinary case consults (“grand rounds”)



Our rigorous onboarding process includes a variety of core trainings such as:

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Behavior management and crisis de-escalation

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Record keeping and clinical writing

  • Workplace expectations

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Case management skills


Additionally, students in this Learning Pathway get specific training and supervision in:

  • Introductory DBT Skills training

  • Weekly DBT consultation group with attention to EBP fidelity

  • Introductory training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Applying Trauma Informed Practices in therapeutic relationships



To fully participate in this Learning Pathway, interns should meet the following requirements:

  • Available to attend required team meetings every Wednesday 10am-12pm (virtual or in-person).

  • Available for in-person therapy groups for at least two afternoons/evenings per week.  Groups are generally offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 4:00-7:00PM.  (Bachelor’s students will be considered if available for group at least one afternoon per/week.)

  • Able to work in-person for specific groups and individual therapy sessions.  Some hybrid work is available.

  • Can maintain practicum placement for no less than 9 months (3 quarters) for 2nd Year/Advanced Master’s students.  Bachelor’s and 1st Year Master’s students will be considered for shorter placements.

  • Able to complete assigned tasks outside of their specific Learning Pathway based on agency needs, school/program requirements, and individual learning goals.

  • Acceptance of and ability to work with individuals and families with a variety of identities, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices with the ability to apply a social justice and equity lens to all aspects of this work.

For further information, contact the Director of Learning and Vocation

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