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 Path to Wellbeing). 
Date and Time Topic Quick Sketch CE Credit
February 2 from 8-9am pacific/ 11am-12pm eastern Mindfulness for Therapists: (Re) Establishing Your Personal Practice Learn the basics of meditation with Cedar Koons: How to sit, use your breath to focus your practice, and build a routine of practice. Yes
February 9, 16 and 23 from 6-6:25am pacific/9-9:25am eastern 100 Days of Mindfulness: Beginning of Weekly Meditation "Sits" Join Linda Dimeff virtually for a 25-minute meditation on Thursdays at 6:00AM PST/9:00AM EST. No
February 9 from 8-9am pacific/11am-12pm eastern Orientation and Values Work Learn design principles we'll apply to building a more workable in 2017 using structured reflection and exercises to compassionately understand what is/isn’t working in our work lives. Yes

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).
Date and Time Topic Quick Sketch CE Credit
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6-6:25 eastern/9-9:25am eastern 100 Days of Mindfulness: Continued Weekly Meditation "Sits" Join Linda Dimeff virtually for a 25-minute meditation sit on Thursdays at 6:00AM PST/9:00AM EST. No
March 9 from 8-9:30am pacific/11am-12:30pm eastern Development, Prevention and Treatment of Therapist Burnout Charlie Swenson will use case examples, exercises, and discussions, based on DBT's theory and practice, to identify causal and maintaining factors of burnout, and to prevent/treat it. Yes
March 17 from 8-9:30am pacific/11am-12:30pm eastern Clinical Leaders Forum: Money Join Linda Dimeff to share strategies aimed at increasing rates of reimbursement and other strategies to bolster your bottom line. No
March 23 from 8-9:30am pacific/11am-12:30pm eastern How to do Program Evaluation on A Shoestring: Getting Started 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. Yes

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
Date and Time Topic Quick Sketch CE Credit
April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 from 6-6:25am pacific/9-9:25 eastern 100 Days of Mindfulness: Continued Weekly Meditation "Sits" Join Linda virtually for a 25-minute meditation sit on Thursdays at 6:00AM PST/9:00AM EST. No
April 7 from 8-9am pacific/11am-12pm eastern Community Live Check-in Join Kelly Koerner and Linda Dimeff to discuss learning from reflection exercises and first commitments and impact on wellbeing. Q&A: measurement based care. Yes
May 11 from 8-9am pacific/11am-12pm eastern Meditation Feedback Session Join Cedar Koons to ask whatever questions you have about your practice. Yes
May 16 from 8-9:30am pacific/11am-12:30pm eastern Learning to Use the Matrix from the Inside Out Benji Schoendorff & Fabian Olaz, experts in ACT and FAP, teach a simple but powerful brief intervention to increase values-based activation. Yes
June 9 from 8-9:30am pacific/ 11am-12:30pm pacific Clinical Leaders Forum: Employment Join Linda Dimeff to focus on innovative approaches to hiring/interviewing applicants to ensure goodness of fit, as well as the pros/cons of employees verses contractors. No

July and August: Generalizing & Savoring

  • Generalize what works
  • Rollout assessment processes
Date and Time Topic Quick Sketch CE Credit
August 11 from 8-9:30am pacific/11am-12:30pm eastern Clinical Leaders Forum: Open Floor Participants will submit topics to Linda for discussion in advance during this open floor forum. No
August 24 from 8-9am pacific/11am-12pm eastern Meditation Feedback Session Join Cedar Koons to ask whatever questions you have about your practice. Yes

September - December: Compassionate Revising and Tinkering

  • MILESTONE Share results by 9/30
  • MILESTONE Post summary of 3 month results by 12/30
Date and Time Topic Quick Sketch CE Credit
September 27 from 8-9:30am pacific/11am-12:30pm eastern The Compassionate Supervisor Join Tobyn Bell to 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. Yes
November 30 from 8-9am pacific/ 11am-12pm eastern Meditation Practice: Keeping it Going Join Cedar Koons for final words of wisdom about ways to keep your practice going strong over time. Yes
TBD Clinical Implications from the Science on Mindfulness Based Interventions Sona Dimidjian will provide an expert summary of what we know and don't know about mindfulness in psychotherapy to align your work with the best science. 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 the co-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 CEO and 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.

Fabián O. Olaz, Psy.D. is a Psychological Doctor, Adjunct Professor, Researcher and Director of the Interpersonal Behavior Laboratory in the Faculty of Psychology, National University of Córdoba. ACT and FAP psychotherapist, he is a well know trainer in Argentina, Brazil, Perú and other south American countries. Trainer of the Contextual Psychology Institute (Canadá), Clinical supervisor and Clinical Director of the Center of Contextual Psychotherapy in Córdoba, Argentina. ACBS member and representative for Argentina of the Iberoamerican Psychological Association of Clinical and Health. He is an expert Matrix model practitioner and one of the coauthor of "The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix". He wrote six book chapters about ACT, and is writing two books in Spanish about ACT and the Matrix has also written six books, five book chapters and dozens of articles about cognitive psychology and social skills training.

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 University with 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.


Benji Schoendorff is the Director of the Contextual Psychology Institute in Montreal and is a sought-after ACT and FAP trainer who has given over 210 workshops the world over. He is a licensed psychologist with an infectious passion for training. His blend of humor, compassion and finely honed clinical skills make for a compelling training experience. Author and co-author of books, chapters and articles on ACT and FAP, Benji is most proud of the Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix (2016), a step-by-step approach to supercharging your ACT and FAP practice with the matrix. Benji loves to learn—currently the guitar and Spanish. Most of all, he loves living near Montreal with his beloved wife and colleague Marie-France Bolduc, son Thomas and step-daughters Ariane and Camille.  

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.