Training & Events for Clinicians

We believe that the best outcomes occur when the physician and patient are collaborative partners in the treatment decision-making process. Because DBSA is consumer-run, we can offer clinicians and other professionals unique insight into the needs of patients and clients in areas such as treatment and communication. Below are some of the patient-centered services that DBSA offers to help you communicate more effectively and build a strong and collaborative relationship with your patients/clients.

Training for Clinicians

DBSA offers convenient on-site educational seminars and online training, allowing you to maximize your limited time with patients. As the expert in communicating patients’ needs, and supported by empirical data, DBSA has developed a series of cutting-edge training services that take a partnership-based approach to bridging the gap between clinicians and their patients. Backed by a 20-year partnership with some of the best researchers and clinicians in the world of mood disorders, DBSA’s training services deliver proven techniques to help you achieve outcomes, increase treatment adherence and move your patients into meaningful life roles.

DBSA clinician training programs cover the following topics:

  • Beyond stabilization – treatment strategies from a patient perspective
  • Using patient-centered, strengths-based approaches to motivate patient adherence
  • Integrating peer support into treatment strategies to improve outcomes
  • Using recovery-oriented tools to enhance treatment strategies
  • Recovery-oriented communication and conflict skills
  • Creating and supporting peer support groups in your community
  • Customized consultation services

DBSA has strong ties to the academic, scientific and professional communities. We know that providers of mental healthcare bring a variety of perspectives on recovery, wellness, and the experience of mental illness that often differ from those of patients and family members. To bridge this perspectives gap, DBSA provides professional educational training services to healthcare providers that are designed and delivered directly from the perspective of people living with mental illness. 

DBSA’s provider education services allow mental healthcare providers to learn what patients need, want and hope for, directly from a respected national patient-run organization, along with specific and practical ways for providers to integrate these strategies into their daily practice. Contact training@DBSAlliance.org for more information.

Events for Clinicians


Current Events

Take the pledge!Take the DBSA WHO-Five Chalenge
November 2014 through November 2015
Mental Health Practices Everywhere 

DBSA is challenging all practicing mental health professionals to incorporate the World Health Organization’s 5-point Well-Being Index (WHO-Five) scale into their practices for the next six months. 

If the goal of mental health treatment is to move beyond mere survival, we must, of course address the symptoms of illness, but not at the exclusion of a focus on building wellness—wellness that is defined by the individual and includes a broader view by shifting the focus to overall quality of life.

You can be part of the movement to shift the focus to wellness. It only takes a few minutes to add this self-evaluation into a visit and we’ve made it even easier by incorporating the WHO-Five into the DBSA Wellness Tracker. Learn more and take the pledge!


Past Events

Better Is Not Well 2014
Chicago, IL and web-streamed 
September 25, 2014

Too often, when a person is out of immediate risk and able to function in most day-to-day activities, the assumption is made, by both clinician and patient, that they have achieved treatment success, and as such, further steps aren't taken to facilitate complete well-being. While the person's condition may have improved greatly, they are still living with residual symptoms of their condition and/or not living to their full potential. I.E. The expectation and reality of wellness is not realized. DBSA believes that the problem of diminished expectations of wellness and lack of next step conversations and actions is best addressed jointly, and in equal partnership, between people who live with these conditions and those who treat them.

Better Is Not Well was a dynamic forum for individuals and their families alongside clinicians, to address one of the chief barriers to wellness among people who live with depressive disorders—raising expectations for treatment from crisis management and reduction of symptoms to wellness. Watch the video.

Stronger Together Joint Day with ISBD & DBSA
International Conference on Bipolar Disorders
Miami, FL Loews Miami Beach
Saturday, June 15, 2013 

Because we believe so strongly that everyone wins when clinicians and researchers work with, not on, individuals, DBSA partnered with the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) on an exciting day of programming at the 2013 International Conference on Bipolar Disorders.

Saturday's programming offered two tracks, one focused on fostering collaboration between consumers and mental health practitioners, and an alternate track that focused on fostering collaboration between researchers and participants. The goal for each was to assist in finding ways for increased collaboration to advance treatment and care.

The day also featured an interactive brainstorming lunch presentation; a performance by Victoria Maxwell of her new show, That's Just Crazy Talk, followed by a presentation of results from an international research project that studied the effects of Ms. Maxwell's show on reducing stigma; and an inspirational keynote presentation from Congressman Patrick Kennedy. Learn more about this dynamic day.

Concordance 2012
Boston, MA and Web-streamed
November 12, 2012

DBSA, together with the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), and the Collaborative Care Initiative (CCI), hosted Concordance 2012, a live and web-streamed presentation by Gary Sachs, M.D., introducing the concept of concordance followed by panel discussion about barriers to wellness between individuals living with a mood disorder and leading mental health practitioners and researchers. In this discussion, DBSA, ISBD, and CCI posit that effective treatment plans move beyond the idea of treatment compliance or adherence—in which individuals are asked to follow a prescribed plan of action—toward concordance, or agreement, on a treatment plan from its inception. 


Events by Other Organizations

Events will be added as announced.