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CE Workshop: The What and How of Effective Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
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When: Friday, September 27, 2019
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Meghna Patel, PhD and Martha Calamaras, PhD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

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Workshop Title: The What and How of Effective Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Workshop Description: 

DBT is an evidence based psychotherapy developed specifically for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and other disorders characterized by emotional and behavioral dysregulation. This workshop will address the philosophical underpinnings and core components of DBT. Participants will be taught the biosocial model and how to implement acceptance, change, and dialectical treatment strategies. In addition, participants will learn how to utilize chain analysis techniques to facilitate behavioral change. The workshop will also include clinical discussion and acknowledge the gaps in the literature and how DBT may need to be molded to specifically address diversity variables. 

Learning Objectives


  1. Describe the dialectical framework of DBT.
  2. Describe the biosocial model.
  3. Apply dialectical treatment strategies.
  4. List the 6 levels of validation.
  5. Identify primary and secondary targets for treatment.
  6. Utilize diary card and chain analysis techniques to facilitate behavior change  


      CE Hours: 6 


      Level: Introductory


      About the Presenter:


      Dr. Meghna Patel is the Clinical Director of the DBT team at the Atlanta VA and has served in this role for 5 years. She currently oversees an interdisciplinary team of 18 clinicians, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and trainees, serving the most acutely dysregulated patients within the VA system. Most recently, she has joined a nationwide DBT team that provides DBT trainings to VA facilities across the country.




      Dr. Martha Calamaras completed a DBT focused internship and has served as a clinical psychologist on the DBT team at the Atlanta VA for 3 years. She is considered as the inhouse DBT specialist at the Atlanta VA and regularly presents on DBT VA-wide. She is also leads DBT groups at a private practice, Daily DBT, LLC. 




      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before September 13, 2019 to receive this rate.)

      • $140: GPA Members
      • $170: Non-members
      • $50: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After September 13, 2019)

      • $150: GPA Members
      • $180: Non-members
      • $60: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to September 20, 2019. No refunds will be given after September 20, 2019.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.