Course Description

For many drug-addicted patients, getting drugs, using drugs, and recovering from their drug use provides the basic rhythm and structure to their lives. Drug use defines where they hang out, who they hang out with, and what they do when hanging out. Successful recovery requires a radical stepping out of that life and into another: one not defined by the use of drugs. Getting a job, for many DBT for Substance Use Disorder (DBT-SUD) patients, was a critical step in getting off and staying off drugs as it provided an immediate pathway to an alternative life: new places to go, new people to be with, and new things (work!) to do. It provided structure. Getting and keeping a job for many also posed a new set of problems: How do you explain your (lack of) work history? How do you account for periods of unemployment that appear on your resume? What role does a DBT therapist play in tasks associated with getting a job?

Linda Dimeff, Ph.D, will review the approach to employment when working with drug abusing people with BPD in DBT-SUD. She’ll highlight the lessons learned over the course of time and the importance of employment as a means of stopping drug use and preventing relapse.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe important points to cover when discussing the clinical rationale for getting a job to a patient in DBT-SUD  

  • Describe the role of the DBT-SUD provider in facilitating employment.

  • List three helpful strategies to prepare a DBT-SUD patient for employment.


Linda Dimeff, PhD, joins the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC as Research Director after previously serving 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.  

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.