Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe 8:30am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, March 5, 2021
    • 08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 6, 2021
    • 08:30 AM to 04:30 PM



Cost Range


Host and Instructor

Host: Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance (AKEDA)
Instructor: Dr. Leslie Karwoski Anderson


C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Board of Marriage and Family Therapy: 12.00 [pending]
C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners: 12.00 [pending]
C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Board of Professional Counselors: 12.00 [pending]


The DBT Essential Skills Conference will provide Alaskan behavioral health providers with knowledge to immediately use DBT in their work with clients, including running DBT Skills Groups and teaching individual clients DBT skills in individual sessions. Four 1-hour monthly follow-up sessions with the presenter are included.

Course Goal/Description

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an intensive, highly structured treatment originally developed for use with suicidal, emotionally dysregulated patients. DBT is a behavioral treatment that includes an emphasis on skill building and mindfulness, and it has been increasingly applied to a variety of diagnoses, levels of care and age groups. Comprehensive, adherent DBT includes four components: individual therapy, skills training, phone coaching and consultation team. This training will focus specifically on DBT skills, and participants will learn how to conduct skills training in a group or individual format.

Learning objectives (1 per contact/credit hour):

This program and subsidized conference fees were made possible by generous grants from the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund at the Alaska Community Foundation, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Anchorage East Rotary, and Coastal Wellness & Counseling. Supporting partners include Alaska Behavioral Health, NAMI Anchorage and Southcentral Foundation.

Recommended materials to purchase if attendees don't already own them include:
1) "DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, 2nd Edition" by Marsha Linehan
2) "DBT Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition" by Marsha Linehan

DBT certified trainer Leslie Karwoski Anderson offers 2 days of DBT skills training for Alaska mental health providers. Learn how to run skills groups, help individual clients apply DBT skills, and gain an understanding of how DBT helps clients with eating disorders, self harm, suicidal ideation, and other areas of emotional dysregulation. 12 CEUs (pending approval).

For more information contact: ALASKA EATING DISORDERS ALLIANCE website or email (