2-Day DBT Skills Training:

Theory, Concepts, and Clinical Application

Are you interested in learning more about DBT and how to use it with your clients? Would you like learn effective, concrete skills you can start using with your clients right away? Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective form of therapy that is used to treat a wide range of clinical issues. Since its creation in the 1980s, the research supporting DBT and the core skills that make up DBT has grown exponentially creating a growing interest among many mental health professionals to learn these core skills.

This two-day workshop will provide an overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an evidenced based practice for mood, substance use, and borderline personality disorders. DBT has 4 core skill modules: Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Mindfulness. We will review DBT’s Bio Social Theory, individual and group strategies, and stages of DBT treatment. Attendees will also learn strategies and interventions for interfering mood symptoms, managing emotions, improving relationships with others, and Mindfulness.
This must attend workshop is designed for any therapist or mental health professional who would like to learn why and how the skills taught in DBT work and how to apply these skills with their most challenging clients. Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of the four main skills taught in DBT and will have an opportunity to practice these skills within small groups throughout the two days.

This interactive workshop will prepare attendees to start using DBT skills with their most challenging clients right away. 


Date: Thurs & Fri, March 24-25, 2022

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am EST – Workshop: 8:45am EST-4:00pm EST

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time & Interactive – Cat I CE Credits (same as in-person!)

Cost: $275 early registration through March 15

   $300 after March 15, 2022

  $245 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Lisa Prefontaine, MS, LMHC

CE Credits: 12 Category I Maryland and DC Social Work CE Credits – (Same as in-person) See below for Credit Information

What is DBT?

“Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.”  — https://behavioraltech.org/resources/faqs/dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt/


Lisa is a licensed mental health counselor in NY state. She worked at a large behavioral health agency for 13 years, as a clinician, program director, and then for 5 years as Clinical Director for Mental Health Services. She has maintained a private practice since 2011 and currently is a full time consultant and trainer in addition to seeing adolescents and adults in private practice and teaching as an adjunct professor at Medaille’s and University of Buffalo’s Mental Health Counseling Graduate programs.

Lisa is passionate about personal and professional development as a whole, along with advocating for de-stigmatizing behavioral health issues within our community.

Lisa uses her advanced training in specialty topics, including on-going training in several other clinical therapy models currently, to promote creativity, inspiration, and knowledge within the therapist community.


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CE Credit Info


All attendees receive Maryland and DC Social Work CE credits. These credits are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • New Jersey Social Workers
  • Alabama Social Workers
  • Don't see your licensure listed here? Contact your licensing board and ask if they accept Maryland or DC Social Work approved credits. Many states automatically accept credits approved by another state licensing board.

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CE Credits). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


  • Identify Bio-social theory aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
  • Identify dialectical dilemmas and how DBT uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy approaches by focusing on behavioral reinforcement of healthy coping strategies.
  • Identify maladaptive attempts of coping in a conceptual construct.
  • Develop a person-centered treatment plan addressing all functional areas in which DBT objectives and interventions can be applied.
  • Apply DBT techniques during phase oriented treatment of behaviors (starting with highest risk behaviors).
  • Apply DBT individual strategies including diary cards and Behavior Chain Analysis.
  • Define and understand how the 4 modules of DBT (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) are used to increase healthy and effective behaviors to enhance areas of functioning.

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