• This course closed on 07/16/2024.

For this webinar series, participants will automatically be enrolled in all 5 sessions.


  • Anna Precht, Psy.D., McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry

This five-session webinar series provides a basic introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We will discuss key components of the treatment including history, underlying principles, structure, and skills.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a quiz following Session 5. Following the live webinar, registrants will be emailed a link to view the recorded webinar. The recording will be made available for 7 days after each session.

In this session, we will discuss the history of DBT, the research on it, and how it conceptualizes Borderline Personality Disorder. We will also look at dialectics as a theory of behavior change and as a philosophical foundation of DBT.

As well as a skills-based treatment, DBT is a principle-driven treatment. We will discuss the assumptions and agreements that are integral to the provision of DBT.

DBT is organized into different components, each with key purposes, and is delineated into stages. In this session, we will look closely at the structure of DBT.

This session will provide an overview of DBT individual therapy, including how sessions are structured and tools we use.

Skills are often what people think of when they hear “DBT.” This last session gives an overview of the modules of skills as well as specific teaching and practice exercises.

About the Speaker

Anna Precht, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital and an Instructor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. She specializes in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, with a focus on suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, with Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is especially interested in working with adolescents. Dr. Precht helped open and was the Program Director of the 3East Boys DBT Program at McLean Hospital in 2016 and is now the Senior Clinical Consultant at McLean’s Arlington School. She trains teams in DBT and provides consultations nationally and abroad.

Membership Information

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PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must pass the quiz.

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a MPY webinar you must cancel, through Bonnie Mullen at bonnie@mpyinc.org, one business day before the webinar.

For MPY hybrid conferences, the date in-person registration closes will be posted on MPY’s website. Virtual conference registration will close one business day before the hybrid conference. You cannot cancel or switch your registration from in-person to virtual after in-person registration closes. Please email Bonnie Mullen at bonnie@mpyinc.org with any questions regarding registration.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on 02/28/2024.

If you are seeking to receive CEUs and/or PDPs, please click Register Now. Once you complete the webinar series, you will be able to take quizzes for CEUs and/or PDPs. Upon completion of each quiz, you will receive a certificate.

All sessions are 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

  • Session 1: February 28, 2024, The Foundation of DBT: Understanding Emotion Dysregulation and Dialectics
  • Session 2: March 13, 2024, DBT Philosophy: Assumptions, Agreements, and Behaviorism
  • Session 3: March 27, 2024, DBT Structure: Functions, Modes, and Stages
  • Session 4: April 10, 2024, Individual DBT: Targets, Diary Cards and Chain Analyses
  • Session 5: April 24, 2024, DBT Skills: An Overview