DBSA Educational Webinars

DBSA webinars are online educational sessions featuring mental health experts that cover a wide range of topics from treatment options, to personal wellness strategies, to relationships. Join us for upcoming webinars or watch achieved webinars to stay up-to-date.

Future Webinars

Treatment Choices Webinar Series
Too often, individuals living with a mood disorder can feel like their fate and quality of life is in the hands of others—that they have no real choice in finding the best path for treatment, and ultimately, their future. This can be disempowering and frustrating prospect that limits individuals’ ability to achieve wellness goals that are most important to them. The DBSA Treatment Choices 4-part webinar series explores how individuals can get back in the driver’s seat on their road to wellness.

Treatment Choices Part II: Options for Depression
This webinar will address key areas of choice for adults living with depression and offer suggestions for working with your clinical team to align your treatment with your wellness goals. 

Date and Time
Tuesday, October 28
6:00 PM–7:00 PM, Central,
Register now for Treatment Choices Part II: Options for Depression.


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Andrew Nierenberg, MD
Dr. Nierenberg is Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Bipolar Research Program, and Associate Director of the Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University followed by a residency in psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital and then became a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University. Dr. Nierenberg then ran one of the Affective Disorders Inpatient Units and the Affective Disorders Outpatient Unit at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. In 1992, he joined the Psychiatry Department at MGH. His primary interests are treatment resistant depression, bipolar depression, and the longitudinal course of mood disorders. Dr. Nierenberg lectures nationally and internationally, teaches and supervises clinicians and researchers, maintains an active clinical practice, conducts clinical trials, and is on the editorial boards of multiple psychiatric journals.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Ellen Frank, PhD
Dr. Frank is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Frank has served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council and on the Mood Disorders Workgroup of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on DSM-5.  She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  In 1999, Dr. Frank was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. An expert in mood disorders and their treatment, Dr. Frank is particularly interested in how both our body’s biological rhythms and our lives’ social rhythms affect our mood and our health.

Treatment Choices Part III: Options for Bipolar Disorder
This webinar will address key areas of choice for adults living with bipolar disorder and offer suggestions for working with your clinical team to align your treatment with your wellness goals. Presenters: Joe Calabrese, MD, and TBA.

Date and Time
Thursday, November 6
5:00 PM–6:30 PM, Central,
Register now for Treatment Choices Part III: Options for Bipolar Disorder.


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D.
Dr. Calabrese is the recipient of the Bipolar Disorders Research Chair, the director the Bipolar Disorders Research Center, and the director of the Mood Disorders Program at Case Western Reserve University. He has directed or co-directed three separate research centers that were dedicated to improving clinical outcomes in under-served populations of bipolar disorder, including those with bipolar depression, rapid cycling, children and adolescents, adults with substance use disorders as well as members of the Reserve Component of the US Department of Defense.  Dr. Calabrese has received five lifetime achievement awards, including the “The Nola Maddox Falcone Prize for Affective Disorders” in 2005 (NARSAD), the Gerald L. Klerman Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Bipolar Forum.

Archived Webinars

Treatment Choices Part I: Understanding Your Options

This first webinar provides a broad overview of all the areas in which you can exercise choice in finding a treatment plan that work best for you and how to work with your clinical team to ensure your treatment plan reflects your choices. 

Presentation: PDF of Treatment Choices Part I Understanding Your Options slides
Presenter: Greg Simon, MD, MPH

Restoring Intimacy

Depression and bipolar disorder pose a challenge not just to our health, but to our closest relationships as well. As partners struggle against the fallout of guilt, confusion, and anger, genuine affection and intimacy often become all but impossible to maintain. This webinar takes a realistic look at the challenges as well as practical ways to make intimate relationships work better under such conditions.

Presenters: Anita Clayton, M.D. and Holly Swartz, M.D.
Presentation: PDF of Restoring Intimacy presentation slides


NOTE: We had some technical difficulties at the beginning of the Restoring Intimacy webinar and as a result, the slides jump around for the first couple of minutes of Dr. Clayton's presentation. The slides are in sync for balance of the presentation. Our apology for the distraction.

Demystifying Bipolar Disorder

Demystifying Bipolar Disorder is a program created by DBSA to help educate individuals about bipolar disorder, separate the myths from the facts, and learn about helpful tools in managing bipolar disorder.