Which Path is Right for You?

While WILLOW is designed for ease of use for a wide range of clinicians, we know not everyone is comfortable using new technologies. We want those who participate in WILLOW Path to Wellbeing to have the pre-requisites to use the platform successfully. Therefore, take this brief self-assessment to apply to WILLOW Path to Wellbeing (see PDF).

2017 Practice Ground

Live Talks by Inspiring Guest Speakers

Special Selection of Free OnDemand Talks from PracticeGround Library

Free Continuing Education Credits for Live and OnDemand Talks offered in 2017

Virtual Meditation Weekly Sits for First 100 Days

WILLOW Wellbeing

All of 2017 PracticeGround

WILLOW Access for Full Year, Renewable

Program Evaluation Forum

Clinical Leaders Forum

Measurement Based Care Study and Application

WILLOW Path to Wellbeing Self Assessment

This path is a great fit for technologically savvy members who have a computer or tablet that you can use in your work office with high-speed Internet and audio capability, and who use Safari, Chrome, or Firefox as your Internet browser.

 Please note that due to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decision to end the Safe Harbour agreement that previously allowed the free flow of information between the US and EU, this path is not available to non-US members since patient data would be stored on U.S. based WILLOW servers.


February: Arriving at the Retreat

  • Deeply aligning our work with our values, strengthening mindfulness and other practices that promote well-being.
  • Learning about measurement based care, why it matters, and how it can power your clinical work (WILLOW+). 

FEB 2: 
Mindfulness for Therapists: (Re) Establishing Your Personal Practice
Cedar Koons

Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation practice: how to sit, use your breath well to focus your practice, and build a routine of practice.  

CE: Yes

EB 10: 
Orientation and Values Work
Kelly and Linda, EBPI Staff

Orient to the design principles we’ll use build a more workable path in 2017. Begin structured reflection with exercises to compassionately understand what works and what doesn’t in our work lives. 

CE: No

FEB 9, 16, 23: 
100 Days of Mindfulness: Beginning of Weekly Meditation “Sits” 
Linda Dimeff

Join virtually for a 25-minute meditation sit on Thursdays at 6:00AM PST/9:00AM EST.

CE: No

March: What Is Needed? (A Draft)

  • Craft do-able actions steps with needed feedback loops and supports, make first commitments.
  • Select your standard set of measures and establish your assessment protocols. 
  • Due: First draft of a well-designed life (templates and instructions provided).

MARCH 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 
Meditation Sit
Linda Dimeff

Join virtually for a 25-minute meditation sit on Thursdays at 6:00AM PST/9:00AM EST.

CE: No


Development, Prevention and Treatment of Therapist Burnout
Charlie Swenson

Use case examples, exercises, and discussion, based on DBT's theory and practice, to identify causal and maintaining factors of burnout, and to propose a DBT-informed way to prevent and treat it.

CE: Yes

MARCH 17: 

How to do Program Evaluation on A Shoestring: Getting Started
Andrew White

We will look at how you can use data not only to better inform clinical work but also generate the data needed to evaluate your practice or clinic.  

CE: Yes

Clinical Leaders Forum: Money
Linda Dimeff

We’ll focus on strategies to increase rates of reimbursement and other strategies to bolster your bottom line.

CE: No

April - June: By Walking the Path, I Make the Path

  • Learning and refining use of interventions from the inside-out
  • Implement measurement based care with ourselves, our patients, our programs
  • Due: Share results from piloting by June 30


APRIL 6, 13, 20, 27, MAY 4, 11: 
Meditation Sit
Linda Dimeff

Join virtually for a 25-minute meditation sit on Thursdays at 6:00AM PST/9:00AM EST.

CE: No

Community Live Check-in

Discuss learning from reflection exercises and first commitments and impact on wellbeing. Q&A: measurement based care.

CE: Yes


May 11
Meditation Feedback Session
Cedar Koons

Ask Cedar whatever questions you have about your practice.

CE: No

Optimizing Your Treatment with the Matrix
Benji Schoendorff & Fabian Olaz

Learn a simple evidence based intervention informed by ACT and FAP that can help improve outcomes.

CE: Yes

Clinical Leaders Forum: Employment
Linda Dimeff

We’ll focus on innovative approaches to hiring/interviewing applicants to ensure goodness of fit, as well as the pros/cons of employees verses contractors.

CE: No

MAY 25
Graciela Rovner

Learn ways to better embody change, including body based mindfulness, from Dr. Rovner's unique expertise with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Physiotherapy, and treatment of chronic pain.

CE: Yes

July and August: Generalizing & Savoring

  • Generalize what works
  • Rollout assessment processes

Meditation Feedback Session
Cedar Koons

Ask Cedar whatever questions you have about your practice.

 CE: Yes

Clinical Leaders Forum: Open Floor
Linda Dimeff

Participants will submit topics for discussion in advance during this open floor forum.

September - December: Compassionate Revising and Tinkering

  • MILESTONE Share results by 9/30 
  • MILESTONE Post summary of 3 month results by 12/30

The Compassionate Supervisor
Tobyn Bell

Learn compassion-focused therapy (CFT) exercises, adapted specifically to develop compassion in psychotherapists, to reduce unhelpful worry, rumination and self-criticism while increasing self-reflection, attentional flexibility and approach behavior and better understand CFT..

CE: Yes

Clinical Implications from the Science on Mindfulness Based Interventions
Sona Dimidjian

Get an expert summary of what we know and don't know about mindfulness in psychotherapy to align your work with the best science.

CE: Yes


NOV 30
Meditation Practice: Keeping It Going
Cedar Koons

Cedar will provide final words of wisdom about ways to keep your practice going strong over time.

CE: Yes

Instructor Bios

Tobyn Bell is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist and registered nurse who specialises in compassion focused therapy, and is part of the training executive for the Compassionate Mind Foundation. He is theco-author of the forthcoming book: Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists. Tobyn has published research on clinician's use and understanding of mental imagery and on the development of an 'internal compassionate supervisor'. Tobyn is a trainer, supervisor and programme-lead at the Greater Manchester West CBT Training Centre (NHS, UK), and offers national training on the subject of mental imagery and compassion. 

 Linda Dimeff, PhD is the President and Chief Scientific Officer at EBPI.  She previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President at BTECH Research, Inc. Linda’s primary areas of interest involve designing, building, and evaluating innovative technology-based solutions to disseminate evidence-based therapies. Trained, supervised, and mentored by Marsha Linehan, Linda is a DBT expert clinician, consultant, and supervisor with specialty expertise in DBT for Substance Abusers as well as other evidence-based behavioral therapies. Linda is the 2011 recipient of the ISITDBT Cindy J. Sanderson Outstanding Educator Award. She is a standing member of the Mental Health Services Research grant review committee for the National Institute of Mental Health and is Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington. Linda has received over 20 federal grants to facilitate the dissemination of evidence-based therapies and has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications. She is the first author of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention College Students and the primary editor of DBT in Clinical Practice.

Sona Dimidjian received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2005. She joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2006. Dr. Dimidjian's research addresses the treatment and prevention of depression, with a particular focus on the mental health of women during pregnancy and postpartum. She is a leading expert in cognitive and behavioral approaches to treating and preventing depression and in the clinical application of contemplative practices, such as meditation and yoga. Current projects in her lab focus on the development of preventive interventions with at risk pregnant women, on the dissemination of evidence based psychotherapy, and, in collaboration with Tor Wager, on the neuroscience of compassion and interventions designed to increase compassionate behavior.

Kelly Koerner, PhD is Creative Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC, where she combines technology, design, and social enterprise to help clinicians improve clients' outcomes. She is an expert clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with specialized training in other evidence-based practices. As a trainer, she is known for her warmth and highly engaging, practical teaching style. She is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Her recent book is, Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide.

Cedar Koons, MSW, LCSW, is a consultant, teacher, researcher and therapist specializing in mindfulness-based treatments including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Cedar,  certified as a DBT therapist by the Linehan Board of Certification, is a senior trainer and consultant for Behavioral Tech, and a co-founder of Santa Fe DBT, LLC where she was team leader from 1998 - 2016. She has taught and consulted all over the US, in Europe, Australia and Japan. Cedar also teaches mindfulness and is the author of The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions.  She lives in Dixon, New Mexico.

Graciela Rovner, PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine and Senior Pain Specialist Physiotherapist . She is nominated by the Swedish Association of Physiotherapy as the Physioterapist of the year, 2014. Graciela is the first physiotherapist peer reviewed ACT trainer in the world. She holds three Master Degrees (in Clinical Medical Sciences, In Physiotherapy and in Psychology). She is the Past Acting Director of the Association of Physiotherapy, Mental Health section recently the Chair of the Swedish Congress in Behavioral Therapies, in Gothenburg, 21-22 March 2014. She is a clinician part time, supervisor and researcher at the Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine,  Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg Universitywith special focus in ACT-based chronic pain rehabilitation, assessment and design of "individualized" group rehabilitation programs. She trains and supervises inter-professional teams (doctors, physios and psychologists) and is one of the most appreciated lecturers and workshop leaders. Her areas of expertise in ACT are chronic pain and inter-professional rehab. She deepens also in how to deliver Body Based Mindfulness based in Functional Behavioral Analysis and how different guiding styles predicts different outcomes.

 Charlie Swenson, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School, and has a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts where he treats adults, adolescents, families, and couples.  He graduated from Harvard College, Yale Medical School, and Yale's Psychiatry Residency Program; then was an Associate Professor at Cornell Medical School for 14 years.  As a DBT expert, he trains therapists regularly in the United States and Europe. He has ongoing DBT Implementation projects in Italy and Sweden.  He has more than twenty published articles and book chapters on DBT and the treatment of borderline personality disorder.  He recently published a book, DBT Principles in Action: Change, Acceptance, and Dialectics (Guilford Press, 2016).  He began his work in psychotherapy in psychoanalytic training, worked with Otto Kernberg for many years before practicing DBT, and has published two articles on the relationship between DBT and psychodynamic models, including "Mentalization and Dialectical Behavior Therapy' in 2015.  In 1996 Dr. Swenson co-founded ISITDBT, the International Society for Implementation and Training of DBT, and was the first recipient of the Cindy Sanderson Outstanding Educator Award given by ISITDBT in 2004.  He received the Alfred Stanton Award from McLean Hospital in 2015. 

 Andrew White, PhD received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island and was a fellow at Harvard Medical School before moving to Oregon, where he is a licensed psychologist. He has extensive research and evaluation experience on both coasts, with specific interests in community based program evaluation, multilevel modeling, frequent use of psychiatric emergency services, and general evaluation of evidence based practice. He is currently the Associate Director at Portland DBT Institute where he works with the management team to set program policy, provide clinical services on the adolescent/family team, oversee research and evaluation services, and provide supervision to psychologist residents and clinical staff.