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About the Speaker

Eric Schmidt is the CEO of New Roads Behavioral Health, a successful behavioral health care organization. He has worked in the behavioral health and substance abuse field for the past 31 years, performing in key executive level positions since the mid-1990’s. He has been a CEO since 2006.

Eric received his Bachelors in Science in Psychology from Colorado State University. He boasts both a Masters of Science in Social Work, which he received from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix Santa Fe.

In addition to his business and administrative acumen, Eric is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, personally providing a variety of clinical services utilizing a range of techniques and theoretical designs. In particular, he has extensive clinical experience working with addiction, borderline personality disorder, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Eric loves to train and teach. He teaches workshops around the country for organizations and conferences. The workshops focus upon Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, culture-building, etc. Further, Eric is adjunct faculty for the University of Utah School of Social Work, where he teaches a variety of clinical and professional development courses.

Eric enjoys spending time with his family.  He likes exercising, reading, and learning.  He is an ardent SCUBA diver, traveling to relatively exciting places to dive.

Eric founded New Roads Behavioral Health, which primarily and uniquely serves clients with severe persistent mental illness, addiction, and personality disorders.  He is the Founder and Past President of the Utah Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. He also assists as a member of several national organizations for behavioral health, tirelessly advocating for clients on both the national and state levels.



Target Audience:

Counselors, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists


CE Details: 11.75 General CE Credits

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and New Roads Behavioral Health (NRBH). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations,
not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social Workers completing this course receive 11.75 GENERAL continuing education credits.


Course Description

This course, which is the most advanced of the three-part series, is designed to introduce participants to structuring Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). It introduces participants to in-session strategies to solve problems and create solutions to better move towards their life worth living. Participants learn to utilize worksheets, handouts, diary cards, etc. in individual sessions.  The workshop seeks to provide an immersive and ‘hands-on’ experience. To this end, participants will observe role-plays/demonstrations and engaging in ‘hands-on’ practice.  Throughout the course emphasis is placed on the importance of comprehensive, culturally-sensitive, individualized assessment and intervention.


The presenter has disclosed the following potential conflicts of interest or involvement in commercial interests: None

Course Outcomes


Participants will:

1.  Refresh their knowledge of the foundations of DBT.

2. Understand the structure and goals of DBT and each of its stages.

3. Learn Core, Commitment, and Telephone Strategies

4. Understand how to structure a DBT therapy session for respective clients through observing role-plays/demonstrations and participating in ‘hands-on’ practice.

5. Learn how to utilize a diary card.

6. Facilitate behavioral analysis - Conduct basic chain analysis and suggest more effective behaviors 

7. Participate in mindfulness activities.


This course is based on the premise that much of our learning is from one another.  We each bring our experiences, knowledge, and analyses to realms of mutual learning and reflections.  Such learning requires the participant to constructively participate.

Course Expectations


1. Participant Expectations: Participants are expected to demonstrate professional behavior, which means: REFRAINING FROM SIDE CONVERSATIONS; arriving to and leaving training at the scheduled time; informing the instructor when leaving training early (please do so minimally), turning cell phones to silent, vibrate, or off; not texting, emailing, tweeting, etc. in training; coming to training alone and without children, family, and friends who are not registered in the course; returning to training on-time after breaks; coming prepared to participate in training discussion; asking questions and/or giving feedback; limiting the use of laptop computers (with the exception of taking training notes) and other electronic devices; engaging in courteous communication with instructors and peers inside and outside of the training room; and showing respect for others’ opinions. If your use of electronic devices is distracting to anyone in the training room, including the instructor, you will be asked to turn off the device and/or leave the training room. Integral to higher education is the exchange of ideas, which may include new, controversial and/or diverse ideas, and sometimes we will not agree with the ideas we encounter in readings, discussions, or training presentations. However, under all circumstances, we will treat others with respect and act professionally. Participants are responsible for their own learning and contributing to a larger learning community in the training room.


2. Instructor Expectations: Instructor is expected to demonstrate professional behavior, which means: arriving to and leaving training at the scheduled time; informing participants of changes to the course syllabus; informing participants of changes to the training schedule; providing participants with training room time to work on course assignments; providing clear expectations on course assignments; providing clear and concise feedback on course assignments. Integral to higher education is the exchange of ideas, which may include new, controversial and/or diverse ideas, and sometimes we will not agree with the ideas we encounter in readings, discussions, or training presentations. However, under all circumstances, we will treat others with respect and act professionally.  


3. Incompletes: All participants are required to attend the entire 2-day course in order to receive full CE’s (If offered).


4. Safety: As part of professional education, participants will be engaging with the community. As such, this may present some risks. Sound choices and caution may lower risks inherent to the profession. It is the participant’s responsibility to be aware of and ensure personal safety. Participants should notify the appropriate authority regarding any safety concerns.


5. Confidentiality: Personal disclosure is not an expectation or requirement of this course. However, it may be appropriate for participants to share information during training as it relates to learning about a particular topic. Participants are expected to adhere to all professional standards of confidentiality during the training.


6. At the end of the training, participants will have the opportunity to evaluate the course and the instructor using the instructor evaluation.         


This is a free event. Please use the following link to review our Cancellation and Refund Policy     


Day I

8:15-8:30am                   Registration

8:30-8:45am                   Mindfulness & Welcome

8:45-10:30am                Brief Review of DBT

10:30-10:45am              Break

10:45-12:00pm              Brief Review of DBT/Structural Strategies

12:00-1:00pm                Lunch

1:00-2:15pm                   Structural Strategies

2:15-2:30pm                   Break

2:30-3:45pm                   Core Strategies

3:45-4:00pm                   Break

4:00-5:00pm                   Commitment and Re-commitment Strategies


Day II

8:15-8:30am                   Registration

8:30-10:30am                Straegies/Behavioral/Problem Analysis

10:30-10:45am              Break

10:45-12:00pm              Behavioral/Problem Analysis

12:00-1:00pm                Lunch

1:00-2:15pm                   Problem and Solution Analysis

2:15-2:30pm                   Break

2:30-3:45pm                   Problem and Solution Analysis

3:45-4:00pm                   Break

4:00-4:50pm                   Solution Analysis/Finding a New Response

4:50-5:00pm                   Evaluations

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