On-Demand CE Training

ODL 201: Evidence-Based Mental Health Therapy Modalities: An Overview of CBT, DBT and MBT

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Revised on 10/08/2023

Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


Clinicians require a vast array of therapeutic tools, approaches, and skills to provide evidence-based treatment to the patients and clients. In this full-day training, join expert clinicians for this introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT). Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, will start the session with a brief overview and the major components of CBT and DBT. She will discuss the six Levels of Validation in DBT, evidence-based skills to incorporate into your professional practice, and case scenario examples to help provide context and additional clinical practice considerations. In addition, she will showcase skills that can be used in different clinical settings. Griffin Smith, LCSW, will provide the history and origin of MBT, a better understanding of the core concepts of MBT, and how mentalizing can be useful in your professional practice and personal life. Attendees will gain evidence-based practice information and skills to incorporate into their everyday practice.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Explain Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and its application in clinical practice
  • Recall and distinguish between the six Levels of Validation in DBT
  • Describe good versus poor mentalizing and its respective impact on interpersonal relations and role in personality functioning
  • Summarize the core concepts of MBT and articulate the theoretical rationale underpinning them
  • Identify ways in which a focus on mentalizing can be useful in your life and work


Diane Bigler, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, ACSW

Diane Bigler, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, ACSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas. She has over 20 years of experience in the social services field. Diane has held positions as a therapist (in-home and outpatient), private practice owner, trainer/facilitator, clinical supervisor, and Professor of Social Work. She also has experience in corporate wellness training and coaching. Diane is most passionate about providing quality educational training to professionals. She enjoys spoiling her four Dachshunds and anything 80’s related.

Griffin Smith, LCSW

As a psychotherapist, consultant, and coach, Griffin founded Totus Intuor Counseling & Consulting with the aim of helping individuals and organizations discover greater connection to their world, bridging the gaps between what we experience internally to what we experience externally in our environment. He believes that the most profound and transformative experiences in life are driven by our ability to make these connections. As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), he specializes in the treatment of interpersonal dysfunction and relational difficulties for adults and adolescents.

Commonly, Griffin treats individuals with a history of personality disorder, complex trauma, and adolescent behavioral disorders. He earned a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) at Kennesaw State University in 2016 and a Bachelor of Science in psychology and music minor from Georgia State University in 2013. He trained in psychoanalytic theory and practice at Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute from 2018-2020, certifying in psychoanalytic theory. Griffin receives ongoing training and supervision in mentalization-based treatment (MBT) through the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Born in the Midwest and raised in the South (Atlanta, GA), Griffin feels most centered spending time with his wife and family, out in nature, and inside his own head, creating new ideas. Recently, he has been occupying much of his time learning and practicing the art of bonsai, while continuing a lifelong love of writing and playing music.


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 5 CE Credits
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 5 Contact Hours
Case Managers
CCMC – 5 Contact Hours
California Board of Registered Nursing – 5 Contact Hours
NBCC ACEP – 5 Contact Hours
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 5 Contact Hours

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit for an asynchronous course. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.