Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to...

  • 1. Identify similar ideology of DBT and 12 Steps

  • 2. List DBT skills specific to substance abuse

Course Outline

  • 1


    • Welcome Message from Dr. Brewer

    • Course Instruction Video

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Presentation Handout

  • 2


    • Course Resources

    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Abusers (Dimeff & Linehan)

    • DBT for SA Skills Handouts, Worksheets, and Training Manual

    • Behavioral Chain Analysis

  • 3

    Course Video & Materials

    • Quick Note

    • DBT for Substance Abuse (Recorded Webinar)

    • Course References

  • 4


    • Congratulations!

    • Evaluation

    • Post-Test

Course Description

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a popular evidence-based therapy originally developed for treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and chronic suicidality. DBT is now also commonly used to treat other disorders including substance abuse. Effective clinical practices in the application of DBT as a treatment for substance abuse will be discussed. 

Facilitator:  Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC

Dr. Brewer is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Kansas.  She has earned a PhD in psychology, a Master's degree in professional mental health counseling, and a Master's certificate in healthcare leadership and management. Dr. Brewer is also a national certified counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, certified first responder counselor, board certified telemental health provider, licensure supervisor for professional counselors in Missouri, and a board approved clinical supervisor for professional counselors in Kansas.

Learning Level: Basic

Target Audience: This course is designed for professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marital and family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses, and other health care professionals.

Continuing Education:  To obtain the certificate of completion for the 1 hour associated with this course, the participant will need to complete the online course and earn a passing score of 75% on the post-test.

Each course offered designates the number of clock hours.  Be sure to check with your professional board as they will specify how many CE/CEU hours are equal to one clock hour (e.g., 1 CE = 50 minutes, 1 CE = 60 minutes). 

The content of this course may meet requirements for continuing education for most national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Many boards and professional organizations will accept continuing education that is relevant to each profession (i.e., for professional counselors content must be primarily related to counseling, for psychologists content must be mostly psychological, and so on) and/or that has been approved by another professional association in the human services field.  Be sure to print the course description and submit with your certificate of completion to your professional board for consideration.  For rules governing continuing education and to confirm whether this course qualifies for continuing education, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.  Participants may also contact IPA and we will do our best to answer your questions.

This course is approved by the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers for 1 hour of continuing education.

Institute for Psychological Advancement has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider™, ACEP No. 7124. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Psychological Advancement is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 1 NBCC hour.

Registration:  Registration for online courses is available on our website.  For manual registration or payment by check, please contact IPA.