DBT for Depression: The Case of Jackie

This activity is designed for: Psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFTs, physicians, and nurses.


Course: Intermediate to Advanced

Publication date: 05/24/2023

What Will You Learn in This Course?

In this clinical case, Dennis Hannon, Psy.D., presents the case of Jackie, a 20-year-old female patient seeking therapy to treat her depressive symptoms. The therapist uses a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) approach, including the 4 modules of DBT skills: Mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness, each with its own subskills.

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Meet Your Instructor: Dennis Hannon, Psy.D.

Dennis Hannon (he/him/his), Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist practicing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of the Center for Psychological Growth and Resilience, a clinic providing evidenced-based, culturally informed therapy services rooted in the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and other mindfulness-based strategies. Dr. Hannon completed his postdoctoral fellowship and predoctoral internship at Mental Health Systems and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dennis has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents living with severe and complex mental and physical illnesses across various levels of care, spanning from inpatient care units to outpatient individual therapy. In addition to clinical practice, he serves as Co-Chair of the Minnesota Psychological Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee. In 2022, he was honored and humbled to receive the Minnesota Psychological Association’s Early Career Psychologist Award for significant contributions to the field and discipline of psychology in the state of Minnesota for efforts related to advocacy, legislative work, and client care. Dr. Hannon has many years of experience supervising practicum students and doctoral interns and has enjoyed working as an adjunct professor teaching master’s level clinicians. His favorite aspect of working in this field is having the privilege to walk with clients on their journeys to empower themselves, harness their own resilience, identify their strengths and resources, and create lives in which they want to be present.

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This course is co-sponsored by Medical Academy, LLC, and Psychotherapy Academy. Medical Academy, LLC, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Medical Academy, LLC, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Medical Academy, LLC, and the Psychotherapy Academy. Medical Academy, LLC, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Medical Academy, LLC, designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychotherapy Academy, #1851, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.  ACE provider approval period: 4/7/2023–4/7/2024.   Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

DBT for Depression: The Case of Jackie

Date of Release: Jun 26, 2023
Date of Expiration: Mar 1, 2024

Location: Online

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Apply dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to conceptualize a clinical case of depression.
2. Describe the treatment plan and goals for addressing depression from a DBT stance.
3. Identify and explain the four skills modules of DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
4. List specific DBT skills for facilitating recovery from depression.

Acknowledgment of Financial Commercial Support
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Satisfactory Completion
Participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted above. Follow these steps to earn your CE credits.
1- Watch each video self-directed and participate in the entire activity, as partial credit is unavailable.
2- Pass the post-test with a score of 75% or higher.
3- Complete the evaluation form.
4- Download the certificate.
If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

Relevant Financial Disclosures
None of the faculty, planners, and reviewers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose during the last 24 months with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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