Event Calendar

3-Day Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workshop

Dr. Lane Pederson

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


Order By Phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071

Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

Program Description:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has evolved from the go-to treatment for borderline personality disorder to one of the most recognized and sought after therapies for a variety of difficult to treat client problems. With an expanding evidence base, DBT skills and strategies are must-have for all types of therapists. This training covers DBT from theory to application with up-to-date research, accessible teaching, video examples, and experiential exercises that emphasize evidence-based practices and therapeutic factors. In three days, therapists of all levels will learn DBT essentials to integrate into their own practice, to confidently practice from a DBT orientation, and to continue their own personal development as a DBT therapist. Additionally, therapists will learn how to apply DBT in different treatment settings with diverse populations.

About Dr. Pederson:


Dr. Pederson has provided DBT training and consultation to over 10,000 professionals in the United States, Australia, South Africa, Dubai, Canada, and Mexico through his training and consultation company, Lane Pederson and Associates, LLC (www.DrLanePederson.com).  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 (www.AcaciaTraining.co.za) in South Africa.

Dr. Pederson’s DBT publications include The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual, Second Edition (PESI, 2017); Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Contemporary Guide for Practitioners (Wiley, 2015); and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings (PESI, 2013). 

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 (www.mhs-dbt.com).  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.

In 2011, Dr. Pederson founded Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA), now the DBT Certification Institute (DBTCI), the first active organization to certify DBT providers and accredit DBT programs.

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.

Daily Agenda:

8AM- Sign-in
8:30AM- Program begins
15 min. Mid-morning break
12PM- Lunch (on your own)
1PM- Program resumes
15 min. Mid-afternoon break
4PM- Program concludes/sign-out


18.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work: CEP- 452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2018.CE.078
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 201803.185

Learning Objectives:

1.) Apply outcome-based DBT consistent with evidence-based practices
2.) Connect DBT philosophies and interventions to the therapeutic factors that most improve outcomes
3.) Learn dialectic philosophies and their application in therapy
4.) Put the core assumptions of DBT into action
5.) Explain how DBT theory drives interventions
6.) Develop the fluid movement between validation and change strategies
7.) Integrate mindfulness into therapy (and your own life)
8.) Implement an effective therapy structure that includes identifying clear treatment targets
9.)  Effectively integrate skills training into therapy
10.)  Identify teaching strategies for skills training sessions
11.)  Effectively teach the 4 standard DBT skills modules
12.)  Learn and teach supplemental DBT skills
13.)  Understand DBT from cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other approaches
14.)  Practice a multi-layered approach to validation
15.)  Balance validation with the most effective (and practical) methods of behavior change
16.)  Learn and practice the key differences between traditional cognitive interventions and DBT-style cognitive interventions
17.)  Determine when to use (and not to use) exposure techniques
18.)  Master DBT diary cards and behavioral (chain) analysis
19.)  Effectively participate with consultative groups and treatment teams
20.)  Assess and manage self-injurious and suicidal behaviors with clear protocols and safety plans
21.)  Establish a plan for your further development as a DBT therapist
22.)  Provide proper informed consent to treatment and research
23.) Identify and address ethical issues in the treatment of adolescents
24.)  Identify and address boundary and liability issues in consultation and supervision
25.) Identify and address ethical concerns related to the assessment and intervention of safety issues