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First Friday Forum: DBT Skills for Everyday Clients
Metro State St. Paul Campus Library - Ecolab Room, located on 3rd floor
645 East Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, May 04, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

DBT Skills for Everyday Clients

Friday, May 4, 2018

Please note the different location for this event!

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department

About the Program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an empirically supported treatment developed by Marsha Linehan. DBT utilizes skills training in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT skills were developed by adapting many proven interventions from CBT, humanistic, and other therapies as well as some eastern mindfulness techniques.

This First Friday Forum is designed to provide a detailed overview of the skills teaching of DBT for patients with mental and behavioral health concerns. DBT addresses not just symptom relief, it is designed to help clients live more effective and fulfilling lives. These skills are highly useful and adaptable to general practice with clients who need help coping with emotions and distress, inserting choice rather than reactivity, and developing effective and need meeting interpersonal relationships.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the theory behind the practice of DBT skills training in therapeutic settings.
  2. Select and utilize appropriate DBT skills with clients in independent practice while not engaging in the full service of DBT.

About the Presenter:

Please note new speaker change as of 4/30/18.

Chris Wachholz, Psy.D., LP, is a Clinic Lead at Mental Health Systems in Edina, MN. He has been providing DBT services for 12 years. In that time, he has facilitated a variety of group formats and provided individual therapy. He has also provided supervision and training to staff and students, including within MHS’ APA Accredited on Contingency Doctoral Internship, the self-study for which he wrote. Dr. Wachholz is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota and a member of MPA and APA. Dr. Wachholz received is Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online pre-registration is now closed.

Click here for a PDF Registration Form and Flyer

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by April 20 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after April 20 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.