Course Description

How realistic is it to work on getting a job when a patient has so many mental health and quality of life problems? How does a clinician balance working on the patient’s depression, suicidality, and PTSD while simultaneously targeting getting a job?  What are the trade-offs between having a low-income job and collecting disability? What exactly are the tasks a clinician should help an unemployed patient do to get a job? What if the patient isn’t “ready” or feeling able to get a job? Is volunteering equivalent to paid employment? What principles do you apply when determining whether to push for paid work versus accept volunteer work?

Using a fireside chat conversational format, Linda Dimeff, PhD will interview her longtime friend, colleague and DBT expert, Suzanne Witterholt, MD about her clinical expertise and wisdom in working with BPD patients to get a job.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical relevance of employment to achieving a Life Worth Living.
  • List principles to consider when evaluating the trade-offs between ongoing disability, volunteering, or working.
  • Describe specific therapeutic tasks clinicians may use to help patients get a job.

Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio.  We use the WebEx system for our Webinars. Please ready your computer with a Test Meeting.


Dr. Suzanne Witterholt has worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 1994. For over six years, she directed a DBT inpatient unit at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center. Subsequently, she turned her attention to the development of the community’s capacity to effectively treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and related conditions.
Since 2006, she has been working with treatment developer, Marsha Linehan, PhD; to implement DBT certification of clinicians and programs based on the evidenced based fidelity standards of the model. Currently, she is a on the Board of Directors of the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.
Having consulted extensively in Minnesota and throughout the United States, she is actively involved in developing access to, teaching and implementation of DBT and other evidenced based practices in the public mental health sector. In recognition of her work, she has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Continuing Education:

The Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. EBPI has allocated 1 hour of continuing education within APA guidelines for this course. After attending the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

EBPI has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6898. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EBPI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. EBPI has allocated 1 CE Hour for this course. After attending the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

Note: Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify if this course meets licensing and/or continuing education requirements. You may also contact our CE department at or by calling 206-455-7934 ext. 81


Registration Ends on:
Tuesday, October 23, 2018