Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

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Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy | Virtual | Friday, May 20, 2022 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presented by Michael Chiarella with Thresholds.

FREE: 3 CEUs for LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, and Psychologists (IAODAPCA included) 

Focus: To provide participants information on the basics of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, as well as practical applications of the evidence-based practice.

Abstract: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) aims to teach people how to live in the moment develop healthy coping skills and regulate their emotions. This course is designed to educate participants on the basics of DBT.  In addition, we will discuss the history and goals of DBT. We will also address each of the different DBT Skills Modules including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  2. Explore the history of DBT
  3. Address the goals of DBT
  4. Review each DBT Skills Module
  5. Provide tips and tools on how to use DBT in the work you do with clients


Michael Chiarella holds an MA in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology and a BA in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University. Michael has over 4 years of professional experience in the field of mental health including providing 1:1 clinical therapy, community outreach, staff leadership, and clinical supervision. He currently works in the Thresholds Workforce Development department at Thresholds providing training and consultation at the organizational level. Michael has extensive experience with behavioral therapeutic interventions, diagnostics, clinical skills development, and organizational training.

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