Learn and Earn Over Lunch Series

The Learn and Earn over Lunch series is an opportunity to earn free continuing education credits while you eat lunch. Join us from noon to 1:00pm Pacific Time.

  • free
  • online via Zoom
  • one-hour 



When The Chaos Settles in DBT:  Moving to Treat Quality of Life Interfering Mental Health Problems.

Christopher Conley, DSW, RSW
January 11th, 2023 at Noon PT


Dialectical behavior therapy is an idiographic principle-driven behavioral treatment designed to treat clients who are multidiagnostic, self-harming, and who often have suicide behavior.  Broadly, stage I DBT focuses on bringing a client towards having a life worth living by targeting life threatening behaviors, therapy interfering behaviors, and problems that impede the client from having a reasonable quality of life.  Many DBT providers are unclear when and how to move from addressing primary targets in DBT to addressing quality of life interfering mental health disorders such as social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and depressive disorders.  This brief workshop will help clinicians understand (from a behavioral and transdiagnostic perspective) common acute mental health disorders and when to shift treatment attention and strategies in DBT to address such problems.

Learning Objectives | By the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. Be able to conceptualize common psychiatric diagnoses from a behavioral perspective
  2. Describe assessment procedures for acute mental health disorders
  3. Establish robust DBT case conceptualizations

Instructor | Dr. Christopher Conley is a registered social worker in the Hamilton-Niagara area in Ontario, Canada.  He provides assessment and treatment to youth and adults at Hamilton Health Sciences in the West Niagara Mental Health program using cognitive and behavioral interventions.  Dr. Conley regularly provides training in DBT, Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, and other CBT approaches for common mental health problems.  Additionally, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor (PT) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.


 Antiracism in Clinical Practice

Faria Kamal, PhD

 February 8th, 2023 at Noon PT

 Evidence-based research has shown that discrimination and racism negatively impact individual’s mental health and well-being. In recent years, there has been an explicit attempt within clinical spaces to understand, acknowledge and intervene more effectively with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) populations. As such, many mental health providers and teams are grappling with how to develop and implement antiracist clinical practices. This presentation focuses on helping clinicians accurately and behaviorally identify problem behaviors, taking steps to concretely build culture of antiracism on teams, and providing a framework for understanding therapeutic interventions.

Learning Objectives | By the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Antiracism behaviorally within clinical practice.
  2. Building anti-racist agreements for therapist and teams.­­
  3. Identifying helpful and unhelpful responses by therapists when issues regarding racism occur in individual and group sessions.
Instructor | Dr. Faria Kamal is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City and Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).  She provides evidence-based therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her research has focused on providing effective mental health services to marginalized communities, along with the assessment and implementation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices within clinical spaces. In addition, she provides consultation to teams internationally on DEI and anti-racist practices in therapy.


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 Avoiding Board Complaints (and you may very well get a board complaint)

Andrew White, PhD 
April 12th, 2023 at Noon PT


Licensing boards serve important roles in the larger healthcare landscape by protecting the public, standardizing training requirements, and disseminating accurate information regarding the field. At the same time, mental health clinicians (and other healthcare clinicians) may notice high amounts of worry thoughts, intense fear, and persistent anxiety when thinking about or interacting with licensing boards. This fear is often driven by concerns around loss of license and like most fear, can lead to reduced problem solving strategies, rigid thought process, and inadvertent increases in risky behaviors due to lack of discussions regarding ethical concerns. This training uses a conceptual framework proposed by Linehan (1993,2014) as well as other emotion regulation theorists (e.g. Gross, 2014, Ellis, 1977) to find a synthesis between avoiding complaints and tolerating the reality that a complaint may occur. We will work together to find ways to improve our emotion regulation around these topics and find behaviorally specific next steps together!

Learning Objectives | By the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand common types of complaints filed against clinicians.
  2. Understand best practices for how to avoid a complaint.
  3. Know a few behavioral steps for what to do if I get a complaint.
  4. Learn emotion regulation skills to use regarding board complaints.


Instructor | Dr. White received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island and was a fellow at Harvard Medical School before moving to Oregon, where he is a licensed psychologist. His clinical areas of expertise include suicide, clinical risk management, adolescent and family treatment, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, and implementation of evidence-based practice. He has extensive research and evaluation experience on both coasts, with specific interests in community-based program evaluation, multilevel modeling, frequent use of psychiatric emergency services, and general evaluation of evidence-based practice. As an advocate of the scientist/practitioner model, he has a strongly held value and passion for the adherent delivery of effective evidence-based treatment and prevention of pseudoscience, especially for individuals who have experienced barriers to accessing mental health services.

In addition to clinical services, Dr. White trains internationally on suicide prevention and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and specializes in the implementation of DBT with non-dominant and native populations. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology within the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, is board certified in DBT through the Linehan Board of Certification, holds ABPP Board Certification in Clinical and Behavioral Psychology, volunteers as a journal reviewer, and volunteers in multiple capacities for the Linehan Board of Certification.