Lane Pederson


3:00PM – 5:00PM PT
Navigating the Latest in DBT for the Pandemic & Beyond

303 - Embracing Virtual Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Join Dr. Lane Pederson as he explores the emergence of online Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), revealing how his DBT practice overcame pandemic-related challenges to develop online DBT with clinical outcomes equal to in-person sessions. 

In this workshop, you’ll see how virtual DBT goes beyond simply connecting on a virtual platform. You'll witness a video example demonstrating the technological proficiencies needed for high-quality sessions, and Dr. Pederson will share essential strategies for ensuring client participation and safety in the digital realm. 

Looking beyond the pandemic, you’ll learn how evidence-based online services can remove barriers for individuals dealing with mobility, geographic, or other limitations, and how you can use this technology to enhance consultation with other professionals.  

Whether you practice DBT or another therapy online (or plan to), this workshop will inspire you to innovate your practice, joining the global movement to make mental health care more accessible for all. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Design effective online DBT services by integrating essential contingency management strategies to ensure client participation and safety in the virtual environment. 
  • Use the latest technological tools demonstrated to enhance the quality and engagement of online DBT sessions for clients. 
  • Implement the strategies and techniques learned to expand DBT services regardless of clients’ physical location or circumstances. 

Founder and CEO of Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association

Lane Pederson, PSYD, LP, C-DBT, has provided Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training and consultation to over 10,000 professionals in the United States, Australia, South Africa, Dubai, Canada, and Mexico through his training and consultation company, Lane Pederson and Associates, LLC (  A real-world practitioner, Dr. Pederson co-owns Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS), one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the United States with four clinic locations in Minnesota (  At MHS, Dr. Pederson has developed DBT programs for adolescents, adults, people with dual disorders, and people with developmental disabilities.  He has served as a clinical and training director, has directed practice-based clinical outcome studies, and has overseen the care of thousands of clients in need of intensive outpatient services.

Dr. Pederson’s DBT publications include The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition: DBT for Self-Help and Individual & Group Treatment Settings  (PESI, 2017); Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Contemporary Guide for Practitioners (Wiley, 2015); Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings (PESI, 2013) and The DBT Deck for Clients and Therapists: 101 Mindful Practices to Manage Distress, Regulate Emotions & Build Better Relationships (PESI, 2019).

Notable organizations he has trained for include Walter Reed National Military Hospital, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Ontario Psychological Association, the Omid Foundation, and Psychotherapy Networker.  He has provided DBT training for community mental health agencies, chemical dependency treatment centers, hospital and residential care settings, and therapists in forensic settings.  Dr. Pederson also co-owns Acacia Therapy and Health Training ( in South Africa. Dr. Pederson currently serves on the advisory board for the doctorial counseling program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is a peer reviewer for Forensic Scholars Today.

Lane Pederson is not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, or her organization.