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DBT Skills & Strategies for the Stuck Client

Chris Wachholz, PsyD, LP

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Ave S
Suite #230
Edina, MN 55435


6.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work Board log number: CEP-452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC & LPCC) Board log number: 2018.CE.293
MN Board of Psychology Board log number: 201912.415

Order By Phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071
Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

Program Description

Practitioners often feel confident in their ability to work with different client presentations and a variety of theoretical approaches. But what about those challenging clients who become stuck, or feel like progress has slowed? What if acceptance and change are out of balance? To address these stuck clients, or clients who are at an impasse with change, attendees will learn how to apply DBT skills and strategies to more effectively join with clients and renew a process of change. A focus will be on adapting the use of DBT skills and strategies with this goal in mind. Prior experience with DBT skills training and philosophy will be helpful, but not required.

About Dr. Wachholz


Chris is a licensed psychologist at MHS and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Chris has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness across levels of care spanning from residential to outpatient individual therapy.  He has been providing DBT, supervising the provision of DBT, and training staff and students on DBT for 14 years.

At MHS, Chris has been the Clinic Lead of the Edina location since 2014 and the Training Director since 2013.  As Clinic Lead, Chris oversees the day to day clinical operations of the Edina clinic and attends to staff and client needs as they arise.  As Training Director, Chris oversees the agency training program which includes psychology students, social work students, and psychology doctoral interns.  In 2015, Chris wrote the self-study for the doctoral internship program, which is now fully accredited by the APA.


8:30 – 10:00am Start Presentation
10:00 – 10:15am Morning Break
10:15 – Presentation
Noon – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 2:30 Presentation
2:30-2:45 Afternoon Break
2:45 – 3:45 Presentation
3:45 – 4:00 Q&A

Learning Objectives
  • Identify 3 primary factors that contribute to clients becoming “stuck” in therapy
  • Adapt and implement DBT skills and concepts to increase effectiveness with stuck clients
  • Recognize the processes by which practitioners participate in the stuck process