The Contextual Behavior Therapy Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2021 – 2022 fellowship have closed. If you are interested in the 2022-2023 fellowship, please contact our office at

The Contextual Behavior Therapy Fellowship Program aims to provide mental health professionals who have begun to work with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with a forum for ongoing consultation.  The program provides participants with opportunities in which they can further expand their grasp of third-wave behavioral approaches to facilitate meaningful change within a radically accepting therapist-client partnership.  Each seminar will invite you to ponder your personal aspirations as a therapist and gently face the various barriers that limit or even thwart your efforts to be fully present and responsive to persons engaged in a painful struggle to identify and create meaning in their life.  To that end, you will be invited to explore the clinical applications of a contextual behavioral perspective and the specific practices of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  

Contextual Behavior Therapy Fellowship ProgramYou will be invited to examine your personal reactions in work with clients as a means of enhancing your experiential knowledge of this perspective.  In doing so, you will further develop the clinical “eyes” and “ears” necessary to promote the meaningful life many clients seek.

The focus of sessions will alternate between lectures and case application.  Didactic sessions involve a combination of activities including lectures and discussion. Case application sessions include opportunities for participants to present cases, formulate targets of treatment, identify ways of intervening, and to participate in experiential exercises and real plays.

2021-2022 SCHEDULE

The fellowship meets two Fridays a month from 9:30am - 12:30pm CST on the following dates: 

October 8: Introductions, Consultation Agreements, Fundamentals of Behaviorism
October 22: Review of Consultation Agreements, Verbal Behavior
November 5: Case Discussion
November 19: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: CRBS
December 3: Case Discussion
December 10: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Psychological Flexibility Model
January 14: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Influencing Behavior in and Outside the Office
January 28: Case Discussion
February 4: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Basic Assumptions, Orientation to Diary Card Assignment
February 18: Case Discussion and Diary Card Review
March 4: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Targets of Treatment and the Mode of Treatment
March 25: Case Discussion and Diary Card Review
April 8: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): The Relationship, Chain as Exposure, Diary Card Review
April 22: Case Discussion, Diary Card Review, Wrap-Up
May 6: Case Discussion, Diary Card Review, Wrap-Up


Master’s degree in social work or related field required. 


Participants who complete the program will receive 45 CEUs.

The Professional Development Program at Crown Family School is a State of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. License numbers: 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.

It is recommended that professionals review rules for their licensing board prior to applying to ensure that the content meets their renewal, and/or reciprocity requirements.


Tuition includes CEUs, course readings, instruction, and related materials. 


Paul Holmes, Director
Nicole Gier
Nick Turner
Jancey Wickstrom

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in the program should contact the Professional Development Program office at least two weeks in advance of the initial class for assistance.