Course Description

Adam Carmel, PhD, will take a highly practical approach to helping us think through how to set up a DBT-Accepting the Challenges of Employment and Self-Sufficiency (DBT-ACES) program. He’ll begin with a brief high-level summary of what it is and its evidence base, and will then focus on the DBT-ACES modes, skills modules, and the contingency management and exposure-based strategies which function to initiate and maintain new behaviors. Dr. Carmel will then discuss considerations for developing a DBT-ACES program and how the treatment supports the development of skills needed to get/sustain a job. While considering the programmatic path to employment, Dr. Carmel will cover the interventions that clinicians can utilize to effectively support clients in achieving their life worth living goals related to self-sufficiency and employment.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the structure of and development of DBT-ACES
  • Identify the empirical support for DBT-ACES and relevant outcomes
  • Understand the modes of DBT-ACES and considerations for implementation


Adam Carmel, PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he provides DBT training in the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan. He received specialized training in DBT while completing a predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Following his training, Dr. Carmel joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was the Director of an outpatient DBT clinic and a DBT partial hospitalization program at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Carmel conducts research on implementing DBT and other evidence-based treatments, and training clinicians in the community to treat suicidal clients. 

Continuing Education:

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.