Organizations Founded
by Marsha Linehan

Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (BRTC), University of Washington

Founded at the University of Washington, the BRTC develops and evaluates new treatments for difficult-to-treat individuals with severe and complex disorders of pervasive emotion dysregulation. The BRTC is particularly committed to developing effective treatments for those patients excluded from behavioral and medication clinical treatment trials due to high risk for suicide, the complexity of multiple co-occurring disorders, and/or history of failure in previous clinical interventions. The BRTC also operates as a clinical research and training center, preparing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to become clinician-scientists. The primary treatment under development at the BRTC is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and Dr. Linehan is a Professor and Director at the BRTC.

Behavioral Tech, LLC

Founded in 2002 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Linehan Institute, Behavioral Tech trains mental health care providers and treatment teams who work with complex and severely disordered populations to use compassionate, scientifically valid treatments and to implement and evaluate these treatments in their practice setting. Behavioral Tech specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training for mental health providers, agencies, and large systems in the United States and throughout the world.


Linehan Institute

Our mission is to advance leading edge behavioral technologies making compassionate and effective treatments available to all persons with complex and severe mental disorders.

Behavioral Tech Research

Established in 2004 as a for-profit entity owned by Marsha Linehan, Behavioral Tech Research uses information technology and e-learning to develop innovative methods of training mental health providers in evidence-based practices. Behavioral Tech Research has developed seven online training courses and Linehan Suicide Safety Net, a software based on the LRAMP that helps providers implement best practices as they assess, manage, and document suicide risk. These products are available for purchase through Behavioral Tech, LLC.

DBT-Linehan Board of Certification

The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification is the only DBT certifying organization approved by Dr. Marsha Linehan. The overarching aim of the DBT-LBC is to provide to the public at large and to relevant stakeholders a source that clearly identifies providers and programs that reliably offer DBT in a way that conforms to the evidence-based research. Clinicians demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge and skills to deliver DBT with adherence to the model as developed by Dr. Linehan and colleagues. DBT Programs demonstrate having the necessary components and organization to deliver DBT with fidelity to the model.

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The International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) was formed in 1995. It was formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2011. ISITDBT organizes an annual conference in November to bring together DBT clinicians and researchers from around the US and around the globe.