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An Overview of

Continuing Education

Workshops for Professionals

Introduction to DBT: Philosophy and Fundamentals

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: Friday, January 31, 2020

         Saturday, May 2, 2020

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Fees: Early Registration - $155

        Regular Registration - $170

Workshop Description

This workshop provides an understanding of the fundamental philosophy and communication strategies of DBT.  Workshop attendees will learn the modes of comprehensive DBT, underlying assumptions and dialectical philosophy, the biosocial model of pervasive emotional dysregulation, communication strategies, and applications of DBT skills modules.

Continuing Education Hours

6 Core Hours for Professional Counselors

6 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists 

 


Turning the Corner With Resistant Clients: Strategies That Work

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: Saturday, February 29, 2020

         Friday, June 12, 2020

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

Fees: Early Registration - $135

        Regular Registration - $150

Workshop Description

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed specifically for working with clients who struggle to build and maintain healthy relationships with providers and clients who struggle to stay motivated to do the work that will lead to accomplishing treatment goals. This workshop will provide clinicians new tools and perspectives rooted within DBT assumptions about therapy that will allow the therapist to step out of the power struggle with the client, increase empathy for both client and self, and increase the non-judgmental stance. Workshop attendees will learn the core skills of behavior chain analysis (BCA), validation, irreverence, and appropriate self-disclosure.

Continuing Education Hours

5 Core Hours for Professional Counselors 

5 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists 

 


Targeting and Structuring Sessions: DBT Diary Card and Behavior Chain Analysis

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: Friday, December 6, 2019

         Friday, April 24, 2020

         Saturday, August 1, 2020

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM 

Fees: Early Registration - $155

        Regular Registration - $170

Workshop Description

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed specifically for working with clients who struggle to understand and change destructive and impulsive behaviors. This workshop will provide clinicians new tools and perspectives rooted within DBT therapy to conceptualize problematic behaviors and implement solution analysis. Workshop attendees will learn how to create and use the DBT diary card, complete behavior chain analysis (BCA), and implement solution analysis.

Continuing Education Hours

6 Core Hours for Professional Counselors

6 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists 

 


3-Day Workshop: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Coping Skills for Every Client

Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: Friday through Sunday, December 13-15, 2019

         Friday through Sunday, March 13-15, 2020

         Friday through Sunday, August 28-30, 2020

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily

Fees: Early Registration - $510*

        Regular Registration - $560*

       *Note: Registration includes copies of both Marsha Linehan's 2015 skills training manual and skills handouts/worksheets

Workshop Description

Though Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills were initially developed as a foundation to help treat  system dysregulation associated with Borderline Personality Disorder, these same coping skills have been found useful for various other populations in the clinical setting. This engaging three-day course will help any clinician gain thorough knowledge of the foundational skills from the four DBT skills modules (i.e., mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness) and learn how to utilize these skills to enhance individual, couples, and family sessions. Participants will also learn ways to approach client difficulties using skills to increase client motivation to use these skills in everyday life. Participants will also understand the components of comprehensive DBT and how to decide when a client needs more structured, formalized DBT services. 

Continuing Education Hours

15 Core Hours for Professional Counselors

15 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists 

 


Principle DBT Training: A Comprehensive and Accelerated Training Course

Workshop Details

Presented By: North Atlanta DBT, LLC and Decatur DBT, LLC

Co-Instructors: Clerissa Cooper, LPC and Lianne Stevenson, LCSW, DBT-LBC

Dates: 2020 Dates TBD

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily

Fees: Early Registration - $1400 (Student Discount - $700)

        Regular Registration - $1600 (Student Discount - $800)

Workshop Description

This 8-day, 40-hour Principle DBT Training is a course designed to cover DBT’s comprehensive knowledge base and to improve the DBT practice of the therapist.  The ideal participant is one who has previous knowledge and exposure to DBT concepts and/or is willing to review foundational DBT treatment manuals and texts (i.e., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (Linehan, 1993a) and Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder (Linehan, 2015)).  This training will increase both the clinicians’ knowledge and  practice of adherent DBT treatment. With over 30 years of combined experience as therapists and DBT practitioners, the instructors have creatively designed a comprehensive, accelerated, and inclusive training that captures the foundational principles, concepts, and strategies of DBT treatment. This training will cover research, theory, principles, target populations, functions and modes of treatment, goals, stages, and  targets of treatment, agreements and assumptions, treatment strategies, DBT behavioral skills, suicide risk assessment and management, and consultation team. Instructors will utilize experiential and didactic techniques including role-play and homework to insure generalization of participants’ learning. Through small group break-out sessions, participants will have an opportunity to practice applying DBT strategies and receive immediate feedback from instructors. Training is conducted in two 3-day sessions and a final 2-day session.  Participants will have an opportunity to present brief case conceptualizations, develop treatment planning, and discuss individual challenges in delivering this therapy. Practice assignments will be given in between sessions and is expected to be completed in accordance with the treatment model. This training meets the minimum requirements for DBT-related didactic training hours that can be used toward DBT certification through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. Participants must attend all 8 days. Once training is completed, participants will have first priority to join an on-going,  bi-monthly training consultation team led by the instructors.

Continuing Education Hours

40 Core Hours for Professional Counselors and Social Workers

40 Related Hours for Marriage and Family Therapists



Additional Information About Workshop Registration

Registration By Cash or Check: To register and pay with cash or check, please contact Clerissa Cooper directly by phone (404-408-2950) or email ([email protected]).

To register and pay with any major credit card, please go to the specific workshop page and add to your cart. You will be sent directly to Eventbrite's or PayPal's website.

Registration Confirmation: Your Eventbrite or PayPal confirmation email is your workshop confirmation if you registered with a credit card payment. Only if you registered by cash or check will you receive a separate email confirmation directly from North Atlanta DBT, LLC.

Early Registration Deadline: Registration and payment must be received (or postmarked by the U.S. Post Office or other Mail/Package Carrier) no less than 3 weeks prior to the date of the workshop to receive the Early Registration Discount unless noted differently in the workshop description.

Refund Policy: Effective May 2019, no refunds will be issued. Individuals will receive a credit toward a future workshop. Should you have any questions regarding our workshop refund policy, please contact us at [email protected]

Weather Cancellation Policy : All scheduled workshops will take place on the specified date and time unless a "State of Emergency" is declared for greater than 50% of the State of Georgia, to include Henry, Gwinnett, Fulton, and DeKalb counties. In such cases, the workshop will be rescheduled to a future date, and a monetary credit will be transferred from the original date to the newly rescheduled date. If you are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, a credit shall remain on file for 12-months. Refunds will not be given for any weather-related event. 

CE Certificate Replacement Fee : In the event you fail to obtain or misplace your CE certificate for any continuing education workshop offered by North Atlanta DBT, you have 1 year to request your certificate free of charge. If you are requesting certificate replacement for a workshop held more than 1 year after the date of the workshop, a $20.00 CE certificate replacement fee will be imposed and must be paid in full prior to North Atlanta DBT issuing the replacement certificate. 

Returned Check Fee: Please note that there will be a $35.00 returned check fee if a personal or business check used to pay for a workshop is returned for any reason (e.g. insufficient funds, account closed, etc.).