Event » 2024, March 19, 26, & April 2- Motivational Interviewing (MI) & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Integration

  • Start Date: 3/19/2024
  • End Date: 4/2/2024
  • Registration Start Time: 8:15 AM
  • Hosted By: CIBHS
  • Group Rate Cutoff Date: 3/19/2024

Event Description:
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Integration 


March 19, 26, & April 2, 2024 | 9:00AM – 12:00 PM PT


Clinical Practice Virtual Workshop


Join Kristin Dempsey, EdD, LMFT, LPCC full-time faculty member at the Wright Institute and practicing psychotherapist in the Bay Area specializing in complex trauma, MI, addiction counseling, suicide prevention, and much more. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Dempsey trained community mental health providers in various evidenced-based and promising practices and provides ongoing coaching and consultation in behavioral health system redesign and implementation of evidence-based practices. Dr Dempsey is the author of upcoming book, The Harm Reduction Workbook for Addiction an evidence-based This evidence-based workbook reevaluates our relationship with addictive substances, and offers a powerful alternative to “abstinence-only” approaches. 


MI and DBT both evidence-based practices are with well-researched and have impressive outcomes for treating complex developmental and behavioral disorders: substance use disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, and trauma-related issues, to name a few. Given the commonality between the two approaches as well as their distinctive strengths, MI and DBT have the potential to increase positive clinical outcomes when we can harness the power of both approaches. In the workshop, we will explore when to apply each approach and we will look at times when it might be helpful to add some dialectical thinking to the motivational engagement, and some strategically applied skills to standard DBT interventions.  Join us to help build your skills in both approaches and consider how you can flexibly and effectively combine both approaches in your daily clinical work.


The participants will learn to: 

  1. Identify which approach: motivational interviewing or DBT to use at each stage of change for each client concern.
  2. Recognize the dialectical components of motivational interviewing and practice identifying when and how to use “double-sided” responses to further build dialectical awareness and momentum among clients in early stages of change.
  3. Practice applying the motivational micro skills when facilitating a DBT skills individual and group training session for clients enrolled in DBT treatment. 
  4. Determine when to offer DBT skills when engaging clients in conversations about change early in treatment.


This training will be held via Zoom. A meeting link will be emailed to you one week before the training



CONTINUING EDUCATION: pending credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS:  Psychologists - APA:  California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Course meets the qualifications for pending of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; and CIBHS is an approved provider for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for Behavioral health professionals including clinicians, case managers, therapists, social workers, and substance use counselors. CIBHS maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CCAPP: CIBHS is an approved provider for California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) continuing education units (Provider number 5-98-408-0824).


CADTP: CIBHS is an approved provider for California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) continuing education credits. CIBHS maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider number 240)



All activities in this training are offered for continuing education credit excluding any breaks. CE Certificates of Completion will be emailed within two weeks of processing your completed online evaluation.


Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations for continuing education must be received in writing within 48 hours after the first day of the training to receive a refund. Refunds: All refunds will be subject to a $10.00 administration fee, which will be deducted from all refund checks. In the event the provider cancels the conference, full refunds will be given.


For questions, comments, or grievances about this CE course content or delivery, or to request special accommodations, please email Theresa Ferrini at tferrini@cibhs.org



There is no known commercial support for this webinar.


For all questions regarding the training and registration, please reach out to Valerya Silva at vsilva@cibhs.org




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