Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Making it Work in Our Communities

This training will be held over four morning sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon on the following dates:
Thurs. and Fri., April 15 and 16, 2021
Thurs. and Fri., April 22 and 23, 2021

About the Training

Originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder in an outpatient setting, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has now shown effectiveness in 30 Random Controlled Trails (RCT’s) across additional contexts, for increased populations, and at substantial cost savings to communities over “treatment as usual”. Research and clinical success has resulted in an explosion in the popularity of this treatment.


Informal adaptations to the DBT model have also proliferated as agencies with limited funding for formal training and staffing respond to competing demands to provide high quality treatment and to serve a large population. Concerns about the effectiveness of these simplified adaptations have become an important issue to consumer groups and to those who fund this service. 


This introductory training will provide an overview of the DBT model, highlighting the complexity of issues surrounding this “adapt or adopt” conflict.  Creative responses that represent a synthesis of these polarities to preserve adherent treatment will be discussed and time made available for consultation on program start-up.


In addition, new developments in accreditation of programs and certification of providers will be introduced, with discussion of implications for treatment funding. 


Who should attend?


This training is open to providers of all training levels in mental health settings. Certificates of attendance will be provided for those who attend the full training. 


Presenter Information

Jeff Brenneman, MSW, LCSW, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of LifeWork, LLC, a counseling and education agency with offices in St. Louis and St. Peters, MO that specializes in providing DBT.  He has been doing comprehensive DBT since 2008.  He has experience providing DBT services in CMHC and private sector settings.  He has consulted with schools, hospitals, doctors, and other mental health settings surrounding implementation or adaptation of DBT.  As a Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician, he has met the most rigorous standards for adherent provision of DBT available.


Registration Information


This training is offered by Lifework, LLC in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.  It will be provided primarily via Zoom.  In-seat participants will be required to wear a mask while on site and to maintain physical distance from others. Please do not come for in-seat participation if you have not received confirmation that space is available.

Due to the pandemic, no food will be available on site.


$200.00 full fee/$150 for students
For scholarship opportunities, please contact training@lifeworkstl.com


Certificate for 12 contact hours will be provided. 


This training will be held virtually on Zoom with limited in-seat spots available until full.

LifeWork, LLC
2055 Craigshire Rd., Suite 120
St. Louis, MO 63146

Please feel free to reach out to LifeWork at training@lifeworkstl.com with any questions.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Making It Work in Our Communities


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LifeWork, LLC

2055 Craigshire Rd., Suite 120

St. Louis, MO 63146

(314) 737-0020 ● fax (314) 392-9601

5600 Mexico Rd., Suite 12
St. Peters, MO 63376
Please use the East Entrance.