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2-Day DBT Skills Training:
Theory, Concepts, and Clinical Application

Online Live Webinar: Real-Time, Interactive Training

Workshop Information

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. 

Course Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals

Date: Thurs & Fri, March 24-25, 2022

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

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

Cost (includes 12.0 CE Credits):

$275 early registration through March 15

$300 after March 15, 2022

$245 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more (Click HERE to register a group)

Registration: Registration closes 1 hour prior to the training. Participants may register online (click Register Now below to visit the Group Registration Page for group of 3+) or by Mail.

Presenter: Lisa Prefontaine, MS, LMHC

CE Credits: 12.0 Category I MD and DC Social Work CE Credits (same as in-person) – See below for credit details

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.”  —

Lisa Prefontaine, MS, LMHC

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Lisa Prefontaine 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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After attending this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Identify Bio-social theory aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

  2. Identify dialectical dilemmas and how DBT uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy approaches by focusing on behavioral reinforcement of healthy coping strategies.

  3. Identify maladaptive attempts of coping in a conceptual construct.

  4. Develop a person-centered treatment plan addressing all functional areas in which DBT objectives and interventions can be applied.

  5. Apply DBT techniques during phase oriented treatment of behaviors (starting with highest risk behaviors).

  6. Apply DBT individual strategies including diary cards and Behavior Chain Analysis.

  7. 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.


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.


We do our best keep our information current, but state laws sometimes change without notice. Please remember it is your responsibility for interpreting your state’s laws, licensure requirements, course relevancy and all requirements for your state.

If you are aware of a change in your requirements that is not shown here, please send us an email at or complete our Contact Us form. 



Course Interaction & System Requirements: 

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

Minimum System requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

  • A computer or device to watch AND listen to the training as well as type questions or responses into the Zoom chat function (view full list of compatible devices and supported operating systems

Strongly Recommended: 

  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth

  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or:

​View the FULL LIST of compatible operating systems and system requirements.

Course Completion Requirements:

To earn CE Credit attendees must fulfill the following:

  1. Login to the training (Zoom) on time and ensure that you first and last name are showing in Zoom (message staff if unsure or need help).

  2. Complete a separate Virtual Sign-In Sheet by training start time (link provided in Zoom).

  3. Attend training in full and participate.

  4. Complete online evaluation at conclusion (link provided in Zoom).


If all of the above criteria are met your CE certificate will be emailed to you within 7 days of training completion.

Refund and Cancellations:
To request a refund or cancellation please submit the required information through our Contact page. Please visit our Terms of Service for full refund and cancellation policies.

Please email or submit a Contact form to request an accommodation at least 30 days prior to the training you wish to attend.

Complaints or Grievances: 
All complaints or concerns must be submitted in writing by:

Submitting a Contact Form

Emailing concerns to

An email will be sent to acknowledge receipt and complaints will be responded to within 30 days. For full MD CEU Institute Grievance policy information visit our Terms of Service page.