Course curriculum

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    3. Treating Complex Cases with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): Quality of Life Behaviors (Friday 5/10/24- 1-4:15p EST)

    4. Course Evaluation

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About this course

  • $90.00
  • 5 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content


100% Virtual via Zoom

This is a live, interactive, training presented through Zoom as an online Webinar. Zoom recommends having a broadband wired/wireless connection, speakers, and a microphone to effectively participate via this platform. (requirements listed on zoom’s website here:

Program Summary:

This program is designed to train clinicians on how to best manage complex (and/or high risk) clients with DBT treatment protocols. In particular, this program will emphasize and review behaviors that interfere with quality of life, per the DBT treatment hierarchy. Participants will be able to distinguish behaviors that impact quality of life from other categories of the hierarchy (i.e. life threatening or therapy interfering behaviors) and which DBT skills are particularly effective for intervening and supporting these clients. Content will also review how phone coaching best addresses quality of life issues, as well as other strategies for managing risk. Clinicians with prior training and experience with DBT will leave feeling more confident in their ability to apply DBT principles effectively in complex and/or high risk situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to recognize and distinguish quality of life interfering behaviors from other categories of the DBT treatment hierarchy.

  • Participants will be able to design DBT informed treatment plans and sessions for clients with significant quality of life interfering behaviors.

  • Participants will be able to recognize, evaluate, and rate their effectiveness in applying DBT Protocols with clients reporting significant quality of life interfering behaviors.

Audience & Skill Level


This presentation is designed for clinicians with an (at least) introductory level of understanding of DBT. Clinicians will benefit most if they have some understanding of DBT theory, principles, and applications. Previous experience/training with DBT is recommended.

Course Outline & Agenda

1:00-1:15 Discuss a common definition of what makes a client’s symptoms complex or high-risk as it relates to Quality of Life Interfering Behaviors.  

1:15-1:30 A brief review the structure of DBT therapy 

1:30-2:30 Discuss assessment of complex symptoms and Quality of Life Interfering Behaviors utilizing the Treatment Hierarchy  

2:30-2:45 BREAK 

2:45-3:00 Review the presentation and affect of Quality of Life Interfering Behaviors  

3:00-3:30 Applying the treatment hierarchy in individual DBT sessions with focus on Quality of Life Interfering Behaviors.   

3:30-4:00 Review and application of DBT dialectics to Quality of Life Interfering Behaviors.  

4:00-4:15 Phone coaching & coordinating individual sessions with DBT skills class with significant Quality of Life Interfering Behaviors 

4:15- Q&A, Discussion, Evaluations 

To receive course credit, participants must complete the following:

  • Attend the Entire Program

  • Complete the Course Evaluation

  • Once completed and evaluation is received, certificates are released within seven business days.


Charles Roberts


Charles Roberts (LPCC-S) is the SVP of counseling for Mindfully LLC. He has decades of experience in both research and the clinical application of DBT with a wide range of clients. As a dialectical behavioral therapist, Charles has developed the specialized skill of working with clients engaged in patterns of difficult and maladaptive behaviors such as chronic suicidal thinking and behavior, self-harm, eating disorders, or substance abuse. He is equally passionate about helping other clinicians learn how DBT may also improve their own clinical work.

Program Approvals

Ohio CSWMFT Approval 

This training is approved for counselor, social work, and marriage and family therapy continuing education.In addition, it is approved by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Board for chemical dependency continuing education. Check CE Broker for detailed breakdown of CE types (provider number50-24074). 

ASWB ACE Approval 

Mindfully (ACEP provider #1862), is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 6/27/2023 – 6/27/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits. 

NBCC ACEP Approval

Mindfully Academy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7322. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Mindfully Academy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For more information

Individuals with comments/questions/concerns can contact Mindfully Academy via the information provided below:

[email protected] 


Charles Potter (Program Coordinator) [email protected] 

  • Grievance policy: If you are dissatisfied with your experience, please feel free to share this with us via email: [email protected] or via telephone: 513-939-0300, or via your program evaluation.  All complaints will receive a response within seven business days outlining actions taken and proposed responses which may include issuing a refund, credits for future trainings, updating course content or taking appropriate action with presenters, among others. 
  • Request for Accommodations: Should any accommodations enhance your program experience, please contact us via email: [email protected] or via telephone: 513-939-0300, to explore what options you may have. 


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