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3-Day Certification Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: The Complete A to Z Course on Using DBT to Treat a Wide Range of Clinical Challenges

Alexa Mulee, LMHC, C-DBT
Approx. 21 Hours
Oct 25, 2023
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No matter the diagnosis, your clients need effective skills to navigate life’s challenges. Without them positive change and healing will always stay just out of reach.

That’s where DBT comes in.

Evidence-based and relied on by thousands of clinicians, DBT is the ultimate life skills program for your clients…and one of the most powerful tools available to help them manage their emotions, cope with distress, and improve their lives.

And it gets even better.

Not only does DBT work, it transforms the way you do therapy – moving you from solely change-based models to one of skill-based learning. With DBT you can go beyond symptom management and reach the very core of how your clients think about life, emotions, and relationships.

Now you can add DBT to your clinical toolbox and get Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT)!

You’ll watch Certified DBT Therapist Lexi Mulee who’s been using DBT in individual sessions and skills groups for nearly a decade. She’ll share the core principles, skills, and techniques of DBT, and give you step-by-step instruction on application in a variety of clinical settings and scenarios.

With real-world case studies that make the material relatable and a dash of humor to make it digestible (and dare we say it…fun), Lexi will make sure you’re equipped to use DBT with clients right away regardless of what you treat!

And don’t forget, when you complete this course you can become Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT) through Evergreen Certifications at no additional cost.

This is your chance to build the skills and confidence to integrate DBT into your own practice.

Purchase today!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $249.99 value)!
  • Simply complete this training and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of C-DBT designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following completion.
*Professional standards apply. Visit for professional requirements.


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details. 

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Wise Mind Counseling, LLC

Alexa (Lexi) Mulee, LMHC, C-DBT, is a highly sought-after speaker and DBT instructor who has worked extensively with DBT in both inpatient and outpatient care settings for almost a decade. The owner and founder of Wise Mind Counseling in New York City, she focuses her work on DBT and offers a multitude of services, including skills groups, individual sessions, treatment teams, and phone coaching. Her expertise working with individuals dealing with borderline personality disorder, eating disorders and addiction. Known for her ability to make learning fun and accessible, Alexa has a knack for making even the most complex concepts feel easy to understand.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Alexa Mulee has employment relationships with Wise Mind Counseling, LLC. and Inter-Care. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Alexa Mulee is a member of the American Counseling Association.

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  1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the origins and foundational concepts of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
  2. Identify and address treatment interfering behaviors (TIBs) that may hinder progress in therapy, such as self-sabotage, avoidance, or resistance, using DBT strategies.
  3. Comprehend the concept of Dialectics and its practical application in DBT for resolving contradictions and conflicts.
  4. Utilize behavior chain analysis to gain insights into problematic behaviors and develop targeted interventions to address them in DBT treatment.
  5. Develop an understanding of the neurobiology of emotional dysregulation and how DBT interventions can effectively address it.
  6. Recognize and prioritize treatment goals using the DBT hierarchy of treatment targets.
  7. Apply validation strategies in DBT to enhance therapeutic rapport and promote positive change.
  8. Utilize mindfulness as a powerful tool for emotional regulation and symptom management in DBT practice.
  9. Practice distress tolerance skills with clients, including practical techniques for managing distress in the moment, grounding techniques using the five senses, shifting perspectives, reframing situations, and developing self-compassion.
  10. Apply evidence-based strategies for managing crises and difficult emotions in a skillful and effective manner using DBT techniques.
  11. Build interpersonal effectiveness skills in clients, including identifying strengths and weaknesses in communication, using the DEARMAN technique.
  12. Utilize the DBT consultation team as a valuable resource for improving treatment planning and client outcomes.
  13. Develop proficiency in structuring and conducting DBT skills groups for maximum therapeutic impact.
  14. Apply strategies for managing group dynamics and promoting a positive group culture in DBT Skills Groups, including identifying and addressing challenging group members, and maintaining group cohesion throughout the group sessions.
  15. Identify the application of DBT principles and techniques in diverse populations, including adolescents, individuals with substance use disorders, and those with trauma histories.
  16. Apply DBT strategies to address eating disorders and other maladaptive behaviors.
  17. Conduct thorough suicide risk assessments using the C-SSRS, including assessing the severity of suicidal ideation and behavior.
  18. Utilize DBT interventions to effectively address suicidal behavior and self-injury in clients. 
  19. Use DBT techniques to help clients improve communication skills and build healthy relationships with others. 
  20. Explain how DBT skills can be applied to reduce the occurrence of compassion fatigue among clinicians. 
  21. Describe research, limitations, and treatment risks associated with DBT.


DBT Foundations and Fundamentals

  • 7 assumptions of DBT to guide practice
  • The Biosocial Theory underlying DBT
  • Main goals and history as an evidence-based treatment
  • Acceptance and change as core principles of DBT
  • Balancing acceptance and change strategies
  • Navigating and addressing contradictory perspectives
  • DBT practice components (individual therapy, skills group, treatment teams, phone coaching)
  • The role of validation to build a therapeutic alliance
  • Manage Treatment Interfering Behaviors (TIBs)
  • Reviewing the 4 modules of DBT
  • Research, limitations and treatment risks

DBT Assessment Tools to Determine Clients’ Needs

  • Using the SUDs Scale to measure the intensity of emotional distress
  • Behavioral Chain Analysis to identify triggers and gain insights into problematic behaviors
  • How Diary Cards help you gain a better understanding of patterns
  • Using the Emotion Identification Chart to improve emotional awareness

Mindfulness: Transform Clients’ Inner Dialogue, Cultivate Self-Awareness and Build Resilience

  • Techniques to challenge and reframe self-critical beliefs
  • Accessing and engaging “wise mind” in decision making and problem solving
  • Cultivating acceptance and letting go of self-judgment and criticism
  • Increasing awareness of judgmental thoughts and attitudes
  • One Mindful: fully engage in the present moment without distraction
  • Cultivating mindfulness as a tool for reducing impulsivity
  • Pocket Mindfulness: brief exercises to manage stress and regulate emotions

Distress Tolerance: Practical Techniques to Manage Distress and Shift Perspectives

  • Practical techniques to manage distress in the moment
  • Engaging the 5 senses to ground oneself and manage distress
  • Making lemonade from lemons - Shifting perspectives and reframing situations
  • Tweaking our self-talk/coping thoughts- Changing negative self-talk and developing self compassion
  • Radical Acceptance - Learning to accept and tolerate distressing situations without judgment or resistance

Mastering Emotions: Skills for Emotional Awareness, Regulation, and Coping

  • Exercises to enhance emotional awareness and recognition
  • The connection between emotions and physical sensations
  • Opposite action skill to change emotional responses
  • Checking the facts skill to challenge emotional assumptions and biases with evidence
  • Developing adaptive coping strategies and analyzing behavior patterns

Interpersonal Effectiveness: Skills for Building Positive Connections, Communicating Effectively, and Setting Boundaries

  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in interpersonal effectiveness
  • Emotional bank account -strategies to build and maintain positive emotional connections with others
  • Using the DEARMAN technique for effective communication
  • Assertive skills for saying “No” and setting boundaries
  • Identifying and overcoming common barriers to effective interpersonal skills

Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Using DBT Tools

  • Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
  • SAFE-T Pocket Card: Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage for Clinicians
  • Implementing evidence-based suicide prevention strategies
  • Utilizing DBT tools to intervene with individuals at risk of suicide
  • Developing a comprehensive safety plan to prevent suicidal behavior
  • Providing ongoing support and follow-up care for individuals at risk of suicide

Trauma-Informed Care and Specialized Applications of DBT

  • Strategies for creating a trauma-informed environment in DBT
  • Adapting DBT skills modules for trauma treatment
  • Specific DBT skills exercises for trauma-focused group settings
  • Adapting DBT for adolescents
  • DBT with clients who have SUD, eating disorders or co-occurring conditions
  • Managing therapist burnout and self-care in DBT

Running a DBT Skills Group: A Step-by- Step Guide to Planning, Structuring, and Facilitating Effective Group Sessions

  • Goals and objectives of DBT Skills Groups
  • Structuring and conducting group sessions
  • Tips for managing group dynamics and promoting a positive group culture
  • Strategies for dealing with challenging group members and maintaining group cohesion
  • How to monitor progress and evaluate outcomes in DBT Skills Group

Case Studies and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrative role plays for applying DBT skills in therapy sessions
  • Review of case studies and real-life examples of using DBT in clinical practice
  • Feedback for improving therapist competency in DBT

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Physicians
  • Nurses


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