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2020 DBT Summit: The Latest in Practice-Based Innovations

Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP |  Sheri Van Dijk, MSW |  Steven Girardeau, PsyD |  Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, C-DBT
Approx. 6 Hours
Nov 18, 2020
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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy’s guiding theory and deep use of acceptance-based and CBT tools and techniques makes it one of the most adaptable and useful treatments across settings and diagnoses.

Watch Lane Pederson, PsyD, as he hosts this one-day summit where you will hear from top DBT practitioners with real-world experience applying it to PTSD and attachment issues, dual diagnosis disorders, and even bipolar disorder.

In addition, you’ll learn:

  • Distinctions between DBT and CBT that increase the effectiveness of this approach with clients that struggle with emotions and harmful urges
  • The keys to making practice-based applications of DBT evidence-based
  • Bring DBT online via Telehealth in the age of Covid-19

This summit concludes with a roundtable discussion of current client and DBT issues of concern to you. Watch faculty members: Lane Pederson, PsyD; Eboni Webb, PsyD; Sher van Djik, MSW and Steve Girardeau, PsyD for this exciting day of learning and connection with colleagues!



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Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP's Profile

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Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP, opened the private practice Kairos in Middle Tennessee in July 2010. Kairos, now The Village of Kairos, offers diverse DBT specializations including DBT or trauma-based disorders and co-occurring disorders. The Village of Kairos has expanded therapy programs, better known as Restorative Services, to include individual and group therapy sessions for adolescents, parents, families, and adults, including in-the-moment coaching for patients.

Dr. Webb earned her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Webb began her clinical work as assistant clinical director and program director at Mental Health Systems in Minnesota, a large clinic specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has extensively practiced DBT, developing two special treatment programs for clients with developmental disabilities and borderline-intellectual functioning.

Dr. Webb has completed Level II training and is currently in the process of completing her board certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy as an Advanced Certified Practitioner, which has become a prominent feature of therapy offerings in the Village.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Eboni Webb maintains a private practice, and she has public speaking relationships with Acacia Therapy and Health Training and Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Eboni Webb is an Executive Board Member for Mental Health America-Middle Tennessee.

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW's Profile

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Mental Health Therapist

Southlake Regional Health Centre

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, is a registered Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field since 2000, both at a community hospital outpatient clinic and now in her full-time private practice. Sheri works with clients aged 16 and older who are experiencing severe mental health problems; she has had extensive training in mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and has been running DBT-informed groups since 2004.

Sheri is the author of eight books for both adults and teens, the focus of which is to teach clients how to use DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives. She has also written DBT Made Simple, the aim of which was to make DBT more accessible to therapists working with diagnoses other than borderline personality disorder; and she has been presenting extensively in Canada and abroad with this goal as well. Sheri is the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT skills with bipolar disorder, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in September, 2010.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sheri Van Dijk is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Sheri has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial:  Sheri Van Dijk is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Steven Girardeau, PsyD's Profile

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Steve Girardeau, PsyD, is the director of clinical services for Mental Health Systems (MHS), one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the Midwest. He has overseen the care of thousands of clients including clients with co-morbid major mental health and personality disorders. Dr. Girardeau has worked in non-profit community mental health clinics, in private practice and in multi-clinic settings. He has been a therapist for over two decades, specializing in providing clinical services to clients with serious and persistent mental health diagnoses as well as personality and chemical use disorders. Dr. Girardeau served as the president of the Minnesota Psychological Association in 2017 and is active in that organization’s executive committee, governing council, and legislative and payer committees. He is also a member of a number of advocacy and policy committees and advisory groups in Minnesota. Dr. Girardeau is also politically active in the service of psychology and the needs of clients as the head of the MPA PAC, a political action committee for the state of Minnesota.

Dr. Girardeau has worked as a clinician, clinical director, training director, program supervisor and a clinical team consultant. He has extensive training in the treatment of chronic mental health conditions, most especially in the provision of DBT services. Dr. Girardeau began his DBT training 16 years ago as a practicum student at MHS, he received training through group shadowing, participation in DBT specific trainings (including ones presented by Dr. Linehan), and one on one and group supervision for DBT training. He was one of the early team leaders certified by the State of Minnesota for the provision of adherent DBT services. As the leader of a state certified program, Dr. Girardeau attended a number of state sponsored DBT trainings. He has provided trainings at regional conferences, local seminars and created training programs in the areas of DBT, abuse, crisis management and safety planning, clinical work with clients with personality disorders, and treatment of clients with dual disorders. He has co-developed and implemented new clinical programming for a range of mental health diagnoses.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Steven Girardeau has an employment relationship with Mental Health Systems. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Steven Girardeau is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Minnesota Psychological Association.


Steve Girardeau is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organization.


Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, C-DBT's Profile

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Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, C-DBT, has provided Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training and consultation to over 30,000 professionals in the United States, Australia, South Africa, England, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East through his training and consultation company, Lane Pederson and Associates, LLC (  A real world practitioner, Dr. Pederson co-owns Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS), one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the United States with four clinic locations in Minnesota (  At MHS, Dr. Pederson has developed DBT programs for adolescents, adults, people with dual disorders, and people with developmental disabilities.  He has served as clinical and training directors, has directed practice-based clinical outcome studies, and has overseen the care of thousands of clients in need of intensive outpatient services.

Dr. Pederson’s DBT publications include The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition: DBT for Self-Help and Individual & Group Treatment Settings  (PESI, 2017); Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Contemporary Guide for Practitioners (Wiley, 2015); Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings (PESI, 2013) and The DBT Deck for Clients and Therapists: 101 Mindful Practices to Manage Distress, Regulate Emotions & Build Better Relationships (PESI, 2019).

Notable organizations he has trained for include Walter Reed National Military Hospital, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Ontario Psychological Association, the Omid Foundation, and Psychotherapy Networker.  He has provided DBT training for community mental health agencies, chemical dependency treatment centers, hospital and residential care settings, and to therapists in forensic settings.  Dr. Pederson also co-owns Acacia Therapy and Health Training ( in South Africa. Dr. Pederson currently serves on the advisory board for the doctorial counseling program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is a peer reviewer for Forensic Scholars Today.

Lane Pederson is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organization.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lane Pederson maintains private practice and is the founder and CEO of Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association. He receives compensation as a national speaker and receives royalties as a published author. Lane Pederson receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lane Pederson has no relevant non-financial relationships.


Session 1 - Trauma-Informed DBT Strategies - Eboni Webb, PsyD

  1. Propose the critical steps in clinical sessions for effective TFDBT therapy.
  2. Determine the biosocial model of pervasive emotional dysregulation disorders found in innately sensitive clients most vulnerable to trauma.
  3. Demonstrate validation of client’s self-defeating beliefs and feelings (e.g. trauma reenactments)
  4. Adapt DBT to somatic interventions for the clinical need of the client.

Session 2 - DBT-Informed Treatment of Bipolar Disorder - Sheri van Djik, MSW

  1. Determine the research and nature of current evidence base for using Dialectical Behavior Therapy with clients diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
  2. Integrate the core skills of DBT (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness) in your clinical treatment planning for clients with bipolar disorder diagnosis.
  3. Propose how to conduct DBT sessions in both individual and group settings for this client base.

Session 3 - DBT for Dual Diagnosis: Innovation and Integration - Steve Girardeau, PsyD

  1. Determine three specific ways to plan therapy that integrates DBT and chemical health treatment.
  2. Extrapolate how an innovative model of care can more successfully address the special needs of a population with dual diagnoses.
  3. Propose how the model of care can support a different model of payment that best meets the needs of the population. 

Session 4 - DBT in Action: Fundamentals, Following the Evidence, and DBT via Telehealth - Lane Pederson, PsyD

  1. Assess three important distinctions between DBT and CBT.
  2. Evaluate the differences between treatment fidelity and evidence-based practice.
  3. Determine three best practices for providing DBT via telehealth.


Session 1 - Trauma-Informed DBT Strategies - Eboni Webb, PsyD

Trauma and attachment

  • Biosocial model
  • Symptoms of a pervasive emotional dysregulation disorder
  • Developmental vs. attachment trauma

Trauma and brain development

  • Biphasic arousal model
  • Core organizers of experience

TF-DBT survival resources

  • Survival resources
  • Somatic resources

Critical interventions

  • Proximity maintenance: restructuring boundaries
  • Creating a secure therapeutic base
  • Creating a safe therapeutic haven
  • Validation: Connection before redirection

Session 2 - DBT-Informed Treatment of Bipolar Disorder - Sheri van Djik, MSW

How DBT evolved as an effective treatment of Bipolar Disorder (BD)

On-target DBT skills applied to treatment of BD:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills

Special considerations for teaching skills in group vs. individual sessions

The Research: Risks, limitations and the nature of current evidence base


Session 3 - DBT for Dual Diagnosis: Innovation and Integration - Steve Girardeau, PsyD

DBT and Chemical Health Treatment

  • Separate tracks
  • As they have been combined

What needs to be covered in interventions

  • Breaking out of ineffective patterns
  • Alternatives to emotional blunting
  • Skillful addressing of issues vs. reactivity
  • Development of healthy and supportive relationships

The special role of Dialectical Abstinence

  • A process of change vs. an on-off switch
  • Leaving shame behind and replacing it with choices to reinforce

Key issues and application in practice

  • Full integration
  • Address the full set of issues
  • Expect slips/lapses and program to address them
  • Focus on change and hope vs. shame and failure

Session 4 - DBT in Action: Fundamentals, Following the Evidence, and DBT via Telehealth - Lane Pederson, PsyD

Key similarities and differences between DBT and CBT

  • Different theories drive different interventions
  • Integrating acceptance to open the doors of change

Bring acceptance strategies to the session

  • Key tips that will transform your use of mindfulness
  • Debunking mindfulness myths
  • Tolerance in the moment: What therapists commonly miss

How to make practice-based DBT evidence-based for special settings and populations

  • Treatment fidelity and evidence-based practice
  • Different, yet equally legitimate ways of following evidence
  • Determine what works for your clients and setting

DBT online? Yes, you can!

  • Telehealth in the age of Covid-19
  • Future directions for DBT online

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors

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