San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Monthly Meeting
Our Mission
To Promote Employee Assistance Programs as an effective means of enhancing the well-being and productivity of employees in the workplace, and to facilitate the professional identification of Chapter members and the development of quality Employee Assistance in the San Francisco Bay Area
June 8, 2021
Alyson Orcena, LMFT
Evolve Treatment Centers
Executive Clinical Director

Topic Title:
Managing Professional Burnout with DBT
Presentation Schedule:
11:30am-12pm - Group Introductions

12pm-12:15pm - Introduction to DBT

12:15pm-12:25pm - Dialectics

12:25pm-12:40pm - Burnout

12:40pm-12:50pm - Validation

12:50pm-1:25pm - DBT Skills

1:25pm-1:30pm - Questions & Answers
Presentation Description:
“Burnout,” or the emotional and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged work-related stress, can be a significant barrier to productivity, professional fulfillment, and maintaining effective work-life balance for many employees. This has been particularly true during the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to work from home, often without childcare or assistance facilitating virtual schooling. This 1.5 hour training will focus on simple and accessible ways that employees can utilize DBT skills and concepts to notice and manage burnout. 

Educational Goals:
  1. Understanding the basic structure of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and it's core concepts
  2. Increase ability to notice burnout
  3. Increase ability to manage and decrease burnout

  1. PartiParticipants will be able to describe the basic structure of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  2. Participants will be able to understand and describe the concept of dialectics
  3. Participants will be able to define burnout and describe its potential impact on professional and personal fulfillment
  4. Participants will be able to describe how they experience burnout and how to utilize mindfulness skills to notice signs of burnout
  5. Participants will be able to define and implement validation strategies
  6. Participants will be able to define and implement five key DBT skills to manage burnout


Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Brief overview of treatment structure and research backing
  • Transactional Model
  • What does it mean to act and think dialectically?
  • Using dialectics in the workplace
  • What is burnout?
  • Identifying signs of burnout
  • Mindfulness of emotions, thoughts, and body sensations
  • What is validation?
  • Validating self and others
DBT Skills
  • DBT States of Mind
  • Accumulating Positive Experiences
  • Self-Soothe
  • Radical Acceptance
Alyson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over a decade of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, private practice, and community-based mental health. She is trained in multiple evidenced-based practices including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. She has worked extensively in residential treatment, both in administrative and clinical roles, and has come to specialize in the treatment of adolescents with emotion dysregulation and suicidal behaviors.   
In addition to being intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, Alyson has also received training from other leaders in DBT education, research, and practice, including Charles Swenson, MD (University of Massachusetts School of Medicine), Kelly Koerner, PhD (University of Washington), and Alan Fruzzetti, PhD (McLean Hospital). Alyson has also recently started foundational training in Radically Open DBT, which aims to assist individuals struggling with overcontrol, including those with Anorexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and treatment-resistant depression. 
Before stepping into the role of Executive Clinical Director for all Evolve Treatment Centers, Alyson was the Clinical Program Director at our Vanalden location. At Evolve Vanalden, Alyson managed all clinical and administrative aspects of the program, supervised the associate therapists on staff, and facilitated several DBT groups. Alyson implemented a residential Comprehensive DBT program at Evolve Vanalden, the first in California and one of only a handful in the country. Alyson is a respected leader in Comprehensive DBT Residential Programming for Adolescents.  
As Executive Clinical Director for Evolve, Alyson’s mission is to strengthen and improve every aspect of our clinical standards and practices. This includes enhancing the role of DBT in all Evolve programs by ensuring clinical staff have the appropriate training, resources, experience, and mentorship to implement DBT in a way that helps clients most effectively. Alyson is committed to data-driven, evidence-based treatment, and is excited to enhance Evolve’s role as a leading continuing education (CEU) provider for mental health professionals, and expand our support groups and educational workshops for families and interested community members.  

Linehan, M. (1993). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: The Guilford Press.
Linehan, M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual. New York: The Guilford Press.
Burn-out an "occupational phenomenon": International classification of diseases. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2021, from
The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs and/or LEPs. The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. The Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  

The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA can be reached via our website: or by writing us at PO Box 5370 Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Contact us for any needed accommodations or to address any grievances. Our CAMFT Continuing Education Provider Number is 57003.
CEU Requirements:
  1. Participants will join the course on time and will remain for the entire presentation. Participants will come prepared to learn and participate openly in discussion
  2. Participants will be required to submit the course evaluation form before being sent a CEU certificate. Any participant with disabilities or other special needs, who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests at as soon as possible.
  3. Registration is required
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2021 Upcoming Presentations
July 13th - Mariah Griffith with Orexo - Digital Therapeutics
August - No Meeting (summer break)
September 14th - TBD
October 12th - TBD
November 9th - TBD