Finding Balance Through Dialectics

11:00am - November 2, 2022 thru 12:30pm - November 2, 2022 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Great Lakes MHTTC
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This seminar provides an introduction to the concepts of dialectics and their use in DBT. Participants will learn what it means to think and behave dialectically and how they can use this both in therapy as well as when interacting with people in their lives. We will look closely at specific ways to foster dialectical thinking as well as explore the common dialectical dilemmas that show up during a DBT treatment with adolescents and their families.




  • Understand what it means to think and act dialectically
  • Learn strategies to foster this type of thinking with your patients
  • Understand the common dialectical dilemmas or tension that arise with adolescents and their parents




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training.




Gillian Galen

Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, is a senior child and adolescent psychologist specializing in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is the program director of the 3East DBT residential programs and the director of training for the 3East continuum, an array of programs for teens that uses DBT to target self-endangering behaviors and symptoms of borderline personality disorder. She has extensive experience diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-endangering behaviors, such as self-injury and suicidal behaviors.

Dr. Galen has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness in the treatment of borderline personality disorder and psychiatric illnesses. She is the co-author of the books “Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy”, “Coping With BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder”, and “DBT for Dummies.”




The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.