About

IMG_8546_mark.jpgDr. Mark Carlson, Founder & CEO

Dr. Mark Carlson, is the founder, CEO, and co-owner of Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS). MHS is one of the largest DBT-specialized clinics in the Midwest with four locations and 40+ DBT groups. He is also the Vice-President of Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA). He has served as the Clinical Director of multiple clinics including one of the largest Rule-29 clinics in the Midwest before leaving to start MHS.

He has provided over 7000 hours of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to clients in an intensive outpatient group format and has provided clinical training and supervision to the care of thousands of clients with co-morbid disorders. He has applied and supervised DBT across multiple levels of care and has provided training and consultation to therapists, teams, case-management agencies, schools, and mental health clinics.

Dr. Carlson is a highly rated national presenter for PESI. He has presented on DBT, Personality Disorders, Self-Injurious Behaviors, and Treatment-Resistant Clients, and Rethinking Borderline Personality Disorder: A Strength-Based Approach, with a common emphasis on practical approaches to complex client situations.

His current clinical outcome studies include the development of a subscale on the Treatment Outcome Package (TOP) specific to a DBT population and a longitudinal study on hospitalization rates for MHS’ clients before, during, and after treatment.

Beyond DBT, Dr. Carlson is an international author on chronic pain and is developing international works on cancer. He is interested in evidence-based practices, training, and consultation with staff in local school districts, and the development of programming for MI/CD, chronic pain, and chronic illness populations. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the psychology department at Argosy University Twin Cities.

 

Publications

CBT for Chronic Pain and Psychological Well-Being.jpgCBT for Chronic Pain and Psychological Well-Being: A Skills Training Manual Integrating DBT, ACT, Behavioral Activation and Motivational Interviewing

The first clinical manual of evidence-based CBT skills for managing psychological issues associated with chronic pain, drawn from current approaches such as DBT, ACT, and motivational interviewing. Adaptive and evidence-based - integrates skill sets from DBT, ACT, Behavioral Activation, and Motivational Interviewing to address the unique needs of individual chronic pain sufferers. Includes invaluable measurement and tracking tools for clinicians required to report outcomes. Buy it on Amazon

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