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DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY: Making it Work in Our Communities


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LifeWork, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, will offer Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): 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., March 2 and 3 and Thurs. and Fri., March 9 and 10, 2023. 

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 training will provide an overview of the model for comprehensive DBT. It will include information about the treatment’s history and theoretical base, as well as its evidence base in random-controlled trials. Participants will also learn about the development of severe mood and behavioral issues and the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Additionally, this training will cover the fundamentals of individual treatment and skills group, the skills taught in DBT, the basics of behavior chain analysis, the role of mindfulness concepts in the treatment and the consultation team as a component of the DBT model.


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. 

Information on presenters

Jeff Brenneman, MSW, LCSW, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, is the Program Development 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.

Caleb Reese, PsyD, LP, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, is a licensed psychologist with LifeWork, LLC. He has experience providing DBT in a variety of settings, including forensic inpatient hospitals, community mental health centers, and non-profit organizations. He has also worked in case management services, supervised subacute psychiatric units, and conducted psychological evaluations. Dr. Reese has worked with adolescents and adults providing DBT since 2013.

Registration information

This training is offered by Lifework, LLC in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.  This training will be held virtually on Zoom. Please additionally register on the DBTMO website to receive your certificate. 

Pricing and Scholarships:

Professional registrations completed after: $250
Student registration completed after: $200 

LifeWork is offering a limited number of scholarships to therapists of color who individually register. For student rates and scholarship opportunities please contact A certificate for 12 contact hours will be provided after the training is completed.

Please feel free to reach out to LifeWork at with any questions.


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