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.

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.

Health Care Reform: Providing More Access to Quality Mental Health Care

Are you getting all the mental health insurance benefits you are entitled to? According to the Kaiser Family Foundation 60% of people have difficulty understanding their health insurance options and nearly 40% believe they selected the wrong plan.

Many people do not realize that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created opportunity for individuals living with mood disorders to access mental health care benefits that may have previously been denied. Are you operating under outdated assumptions on what insurance benefits you are entitled to under the law?

November is the time when many employee sponsored health care plans have open enrollment and it is the beginning of the open enrollment period for plans purchased from the health care marketplace. To be better informed about your choices, join us on Thursday November 13, as DBSA presents a webinar that explains many of the advantages of health care reform for individuals living with mood disorders.

For example did you know that the ACA includes mental health care as one of the 10 essential benefits that ACA health insurance plans must now include? Did you know that mental health care coverage must now be treated at the same benefit level as coverage for other physical conditions in your plan? Did you know that you may now be eligible for Medicaid coverage, even if you have been declined in the past?

Date and Time
Thursday, November 13
5:00 PM–6:00 PM, Central
Register now


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Allen Doederlein is President of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the nation’s premier peer-led mental health organization focusing on mood disorders. DBSA reaches 2,000,000 people each year with current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness. DBSA’s reach is further expanded by its national network of 15 state organizations, 300 chapters, and 900 support groups, which provide life-saving, free peer support to tens of thousands of individuals who seek information and support on their paths to the healthy lives they want to lead.

Allen works with the Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board to develop, articulate, and steward DBSA’s vision, mission, and core values. As the staff leader, Allen facilitates DBSA’s strategic initiatives, organizational alliances, and partnerships; serves as organizational spokesperson; and oversees generation of both contributed and earned revenues.

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
Monday, November 24
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.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Evette J. Ludman, PhD
Bio coming soon.

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.